Reporter in two worlds
May05

Reporter in two worlds

After many years working in the newsroom of a newspaper with my boss always looking over my shoulder to check what I was doing, I got extremely stressed. We didn’t have schedules, I often finished my workday at midnight. We almost didn’t have weekends. There was no way to have a social life , almost nor family life in those conditions. Anyway, my doctor advised me to change the scenery for a while. So I decided to ask for...

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Apprentice with bad luck
May01

Apprentice with bad luck

My first assignment when I began to work in a newsroom as an apprentice was to go to the City Hall and cover the weekly meeting of the council. I was a student of journalism and when I arrived to the City Hall, I found that our competitor newspaper had sent as reporters my writing teachers. They were seasoned journalists with years of experience doing that job and lots of knowledge of everything related to the council, the...

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I miss my umbrella
Apr25

I miss my umbrella

After a week with clear days and hot weather, we have today menacing gray clouds announcing rain and thunderstorms. This is a good news for the reservoirs which were at half their capacity. We need water in spring to have a good summer. But is not so good news to me. I have to walk half an hour to reach my mom’s house, where I go every day to take care of her, because she is very old and sick. I need a stroller walker to keep my...

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The chaotic sound of the old newsrooms

It’s pretty difficult to concentrate to write something coherent when you’re surrounded by the loud noises of construction work. The workers next door are drilling and hammering to demolish some walls and make reforms in the apartment. I can’t isolate myself from this annoying circumstance and I only have gained a fried brain and an acute headache. There was a time when I needed noises to help my concentration, out...

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Calling Rome

The day Pope John Paul the Second had a brutal attempt against his life in St. Peter Square, the day Ali Agqa shot him, I was working as an intern in a newspaper in Bilbao. The boss choose me to help the more seasoned journalists working in the information about the attempt. My assignment that evening was obtain statements from the bishops of the Basque Country. I began to make calls and soon I learned that Bilbao’s bishop...

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Outlier
Apr07

Outlier

Since my father passed away, I became a sport’s outlier. Everybody in my family is a Real Madrid fan. I’m a Barcelona follower as my father was. When there is a match between the two teams I’m all alone cheering Barcelona while all the others are yelling to cheer Real Madrid with passion. We are Croatians living in Spain and we even have a Croat player in every team: Luka Modrić in Real Madrid and Ivan Rakitić in...

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