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  • Emilia is a close friend of mine, my bussiness advicer and one of the most generous people I haver ever met. She brought me by me how to say "I love you" to the people you care and she was the one who call me at the beginning of my work to explain me that...

    - When making invoices, it's important to follow a numerical sequence.
    - Oh, really? I was choosing a number by chance every time.
    - Yes, I have noticed. Making invoices is not so creative as you think. Please just follow the numerical sequence, OK?

    Today, I had lunch with her and the rest of the team at her office. Marta, Aída and Natalia were also sitting in the kitchen with us.

    - So, it's definitive, you're moving to New York City?

    Waiting for the couple of weeks that remain until I get some news about the fellowship I applied for the last January, I nooded.

    What followed was a situation I have experienced twice since I'm telling my closest friends that I'm going to New York City:

    - But.... New York must be so expensive, Do you know that?
    - Yes, I can imagine.
    - Very, very, very, very... expensive!
    - Will you rent a flat?
    - Will you live in Manhattan or either outside from the city?

    On my way back to the palm trees nursery, the family bussiness where I use to work, I was a bit sad about the first reaction, asking myself why sometimes -It happens to me as well- we are so focused in our material safety instead of focusing on what certain experiences can bring into our lives:

    - ... What if going to New York changes my life?
    - ... What about the beautiful people I will met there?
    -... What about the enorm amount of culture and knowledge I will enjoy during my research stage?
    - ... What if I have to learn to live with less in order to be more?

    Once in the nursery, Mohammed and Yassine came along to me. They are on holidays these week and I promised them I would take a picture of them in the cute suit they are wearing today.

    Mohammed and Yassine are two of the three kids of Ahmed and Fouzia, the Moroccan managers of the nursery. Ahmed has being working with my father for more than 20 years and for me, he is kind of an old brother.

    They live here in the country, have no computer at home and when kids are back from school, Mohammed and Yassine use to play outside until is dark and mum calls them to go back home.

    I love the way they look here. Full of light. So alive.

    I felt no more fear for New York after having pictured them.
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