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May 25, 2013

Lisbon Stories (17)


I knew João was leaving the country, by Springtime maybe, we talked about it. Maybe Switzerland, he said, or Luxembourg. It was kind of our secret. He used to work in the cinema industry in Portugal as a man in charge of generators, but was left out of work when the austerity begun. He met a lot of famous people. Cameron Diaz and other names I forgot but know are important in the industry. Once, someone at the bar thought it was strange that I did black-and-white. Why not color, he asked. João got angry and shook his head in disdain. How ignorant, he said. He is a tough but noble man.

Today I knew that João, at 54, left the country for South Africa.

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