“If you like bridges, you have to learn languages.” I came across this statement a few days ago, whilst reading Elif Shafak’s The Architect’s Apprentice, and I must confess that I had to pause for a minute to savour it, for it expressed an idea -an association- that had been whirling in my mind for … More Bridges

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If I had to pinpoint a single author from the catalogue of beloved writers to whom I owe my love of reading, without hesitation, I would choose the wonderful Eleanor Hibbert (1906-1993), the prolific English author who penned Gothic Romance novels under the pseudonym of Victoria Holt and whose books I had the pleasure of … More Home 2

I’m Back!

Hi Everyone! It feels so good to be back! Can’t believe it’s been four years since I last published something here and gosh hasn’t the world gone beyond bonkers ever since!  In my universe as a Venezuelan living in the United Kingdom, with a significant part of my close family living in the United States, … More I’m Back!


Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose has a very special place in my secret library of all-time favourite books. This library, which I carry in my heart -even though there is an exact replica in the shelves hanging in my living room- is a treasure that I guard dearly. Just like the main character … More Laughter

Post-truth…who cares? It is all down to what we choose to do or not do

It has become virtually impossible to engage in any form of political debate nowadays without the risk of sounding painfully monotonous or hopelessly unexciting. A sad new era in political history has caught us by surprise: words and arguments have lost all meaning and credibility, like a devalued currency subjected to the inclemencies of inflation. … More Post-truth…who cares? It is all down to what we choose to do or not do

An idyllic melting pot

The colonisers that settled in Venezuela throughout the decades that followed the Spanish conquest were not the most illustrious of Europeans. In Spanish Crown imperial geopolitics, Venezuela played a minor role. High-flying politics was played at the Viceroyalties -provinces of the Spanish Empire- in Peru, New Granada (Colombia), Rio de la Plata (Argentina) and New … More An idyllic melting pot