Carlos Hernández

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It was 7 p.m., and the restaurant was empty. I was taking her to my favorite place in the city, informal but charming, with plastic tables and chairs outside, and sometimes live music. It has the best pizza.

I was nervous. I hadn’t been on a date in forever, and María, a student in electrical engineering, had a ponytail and red lipstick. What if I ran out of things to talk about? What do you talk about on a date when your country is collapsing? Outside that restaurant, outside that bubble I wanted to get into that night, people were dying in the streets fighting President Nicolás Maduro’s bloody authoritarianism.…  Seguir leyendo »

Hace poco pasaba el rato con algunos vecinos en el pasillo. Vivimos en uno de los edificios color turquesa de un complejo comercial-residencial en la parte noreste de la ciudad; se supone que son un modelo de desarrollo urbano.

Decidimos hacer té combinando los recursos de nuestros cuatro apartamentos. No pudimos reunir suficiente azúcar. Alguien tenía piñas congeladas y cáscaras de maracuyá. Alguien más hirvió agua.

Todos trajeron su propia taza, cada una con un diseño diferente. La mía, con la imagen de una vaca, era la más fea. Nos sentamos afuera, en el suelo del pasillo, bajo la sombra de un gran árbol de mangos.…  Seguir leyendo »

I was hanging out with some neighbors in the hallway recently. We live in one of the short turquoise buildings of a mixed commercial-residential complex in this northeastern city, supposedly a model of urban development.

We decided to make tea combining resources from our four apartments. We couldn’t scrounge up enough sugar. Someone had frozen pineapple and passion fruit peels. Someone boiled water.

Everyone brought their own cup, each with a different design. Mine, with a picture of a cow, was the ugliest. We sat on the floor of the hallway outdoors and in the shade of a tall mango tree.…  Seguir leyendo »