After traveling a fh arriving in the small town Aracataca and espacially living even just for a few days as well in the Gypsy Residence gave me the feeling, someone is looking for while being so far away from his own. After just two days the community of the small town knew my name, i stopped for smalltalks on the... More
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- It’s not every day you get to be a character in a Nobel Prize winning novel.Aracataca is one of the most charming towns you can visit on your travels through Latin America. People sit outside their homes playing music and chatting, a small canal with arcing bridges runs through it, and there are public art installations scattered about. All of the buildings are painted in cheerful colors, and unlike many other places, there isn’t any graffiti. It hasn’t been swept up in the Gringo Trail yet, so it has an extraordinary authentic feel to it.This is Gabriel Garcia Marquez land, where one of the world’s most proclaimed writers was born and grew up until he was nearly ten years old, and where he was inspired to write his master novel- 100 years of solitude. Aracataca is as typical as a town in the Caribbean gets! Ara means river and Cataca is the name of the indigenous tribe which inhabited this area. The city was founded in 1885, it received its independence in 1912, but it was withdrawn in that same year until in 1915; we have started counting (down) again the hundred years of solitude that are about to finish and plan to make Aracataca one of Colombia’s most visited destinations. Sound is being spelled with an accordion as children play barefoot in the streets. The museums include GGM’s birthhouse, which teaches about the frontier between history and imagination, and The House of the Telegrafist, which shows us original antiquities from Gabo’s house and the golden era of Banana exploitation. The recently built tomb of Melquiades is proof of Aracataca’s newly found identity as the capital of magical realism; little by little this sleepy town is waking up.Only 90 minutes away from Santa Marta, yet it’s a different world. It’s the legendary heat, the almendros trees, the friendliness of the Cataqueros and the history they will share with you if you salute them, that will make you feel at home. If Macondo is a state of mind that allows you to see what you want and to see it how you want to, the possibilities are infinite, as is the imagination. The train station takes you back 62 years ago, when Garcia Marquez as a young fellow returned to Cataca with his mother, and finally understood where his blueprint novel “La casa ’’ was taking him. Aracataca is a symbol for Latinamerican towns, come and visit it, and lose yourself in the imagination of magical realism. ... more less
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