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  • If the ugly words can hurt us, why not hope that the beautiful ones make the best of us?

    In January 2012 I started taking a flight every week. Time spent at the airports may become a bit boring, so I decided to transform my 7 weeks up in the air into a nice experiment.

    The name of the experiment it's "All the pretty words", although I prefer the way it sounds in Spanish, my mother language: "Todas las palabras bonitas".

    What it's all about?

    I am asking the passanger sitting beside me if she/he would be so kind to write down their favourite words during the flight. There is no space, no time, no topic restrictions. Friends of mine and people around me are also taking part on it.

    I don't like stress, so I decided not to put me under pressure for the experiment. I just had to try one time, either during the flight to my destination (Pamplona, Nord Spain) or during the flight back home. One try would be enough.

    After 5 weeks and many flights... I've got so many beautiful words! And even a sweet story, the one that happened two days ago:

    "May I ask you to be part of an experiment? You just need to take this journal and writte down your "palabras bonitas"".

    "Oh, yes, no problem. But I don't speak fluent Spanish. I'm from Holland, I will spent four months in Spain learning your language".

    She was in her twenties. Sweet and polite. She took the journal, wrote down a few words in Dutch (plus the translation into English) and gave me the journal back.

    "Is there a Spanish word you may have learned recently? One that you like at best".

    "Well... yes, there's actually one word I like very much: "Novio" (Boyfriend). Do you want to know why?"

    "It would be a pleasure"

    "My boyfriend is very sad since I'm moving to Spain. He's also a bit afraid of the Spanish boys, so he tought me the word: "Novio" and said to me: "When someone in Spain ask you where you are from, you can always answer: Soy holandesa. Y tengo novio. (I'm from Holland. And I'have a boyfriend)".
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