Barcelona Photoblog: Immigrants: Through the Mirror

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Immigrants: Through the Mirror

Immigrants in Barcelona [enlarge]

Ghosts pass you by, wandering, roaming the streets like penitent souls. You could swear you saw two of them out of the corner of your eye. You try not to stare at those in another dimension, passing through the mirror. They don't seem to be real, so "different" as they are. And there they go, in silence. They do stare at you from time to time, or so it seems, as if they would like to say something but they cannot communicate with you being on the other side. Someone sent them to that uncertain world to pay for sins that never were. But wait a minute, are you really sure which side you are? What if your side of the mirror is not paradise? Please don't judge other people by appearances, get rid of those prejudices, just who do you think you are? You are nothing but another monkey on the more idyllic side of the woods. Homo sapiens are just a bunch of immigrants no matter what. Who told us to leave from Africa anyway? Humans go from place to place at will. So it has been and so it should be forever more. Borders are meant to be trespassed. So think twice, maybe you are the immigrant next time.


  1. Hermosa imagen acompanada de un gran texto!

  2. Anonymous1:40 AM

    What a strong and profound entry of yours, that one can only be glad to have read.

    A wonderful Thursday for you.

  3. One of you most compelling posts yet, Carlos. I am going to link this one to my "Voltaire's Quote" box in my sidebar.

    Thank you for a post with profound meaning and beauty.

  4. When I lived in Barcelona in 2004, immigration was a hot button. Because the construction business was booming, a lot of immigrants were coming over. I met people from all over the world.

    Because I was a foreigner, it was easier to get out and get to know them.

  5. THANK YOU for this post's so true, one day or the other, we are the immigrant and yes i agree with you "borders are meant to be trespassed"

  6. Carlos; a vague but lovely image and noble sentiments well expressed. No-one can be blamed for trying to get a better life for themselves and their families, but equally no nation state in today's world would ever vote to open their borders without limit, and that is not a state of prejudice, but of practicality. best wishes, Charles

  7. You learn something every day. When we were traveling through Spain in 2006, after traveling through the rest of Europe, we commented that we hadn't seen any (of those ghosts) of which you see plenty in other European countries. Someone suggested that Spain just doesn't let them in, after the Moors invasion in the middle ages.

  8. How true, Carlos, how true. And sometimes we are the ghosts locked in our own personas within our own countries.


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