Buon Compleanno, Roma!

[Week 37]
[Week 37] Happy Birthday, Rome!
…  and adiós, Gabo!

Two things today: we welcomed Rome’s 2,767th birthday— give or take a few hundred years depending on which archaeologist is to believed and we said goodbye to one of the most influential writers the world has seen, Gabriel García Márquez.

His book Love in the Time of Cholera was the first work of his that I read, way back when I was an impressionable girl of fifteen, and to this day the lessons it it shape my decisions in life. And to this day, the smell of bitter almonds brings to mind the thought of unrequited love.

“Tell him yes. Even if you are dying of fear, even if you are sorry later, because whatever you do, you will be sorry all the rest of your life if you say no.” Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera.

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