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Hay momentos en que las circunstancias se juntan formando una especie de ola y sólo hace falta decidir dejarse llevar por el impulso.

A principios de 2004, yo trabajaba haciendo investigaciones históricas para un despacho de arquitectos en la Ciudad de México. La  paga no era espléndida, pero siendo soltero y sin compromiso, tenía estabilidad y cero deudas. Además, también colaboraba periódicamente en una revista de literatura y arte contemporáneo, lo que me había permitido ahorrar un poco.

Nueve meses atrás una amiga se había ido a vivir a Brasil. A través de ella, me enteré de que existía la Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty (FLIP), un evento masivo en un pueblito paradisiaco de la Mata Atlántica, al que cada año asisten “rock-stars” de las letras mundiales. Ese año se presentaron Paul Auster, Martin Amis, Rosa Montero, Caetano Veloso, Ian McEwan y Jeffrey Eugenides, entre otros.

De pronto, me miré en el espejo y vi que todavía no había realizado aquel viaje a Sudamérica con el que había soñado desde niño. Me dije: ahora o nunca.

Le conté al editor de la revista sobre la FLIP y le propuse que me enviaran a cubrir el evento. Me dijo que lo hablaría con el director. Al día siguiente me llamó para proponerme un trato: yo pagaría mi boleto a Brasil y, si conseguía una entrevista exclusiva con Martin Amis o Ian McEwan, ellos me rembolsarían el costo del boleto.

Durante las siguientes semanas, vendí mi coche, compré el boleto, investigué sobre Ian McEwan y Martin Amis y leí varias de sus novelas. Con eso y algo que tenía ahorrado en el banco, me lancé a la aventura.

En Paraty, después de algunos días persiguiendo a los dos escritores, logré conmover a McEwan para que me ayudara a pagar mi boleto. El texto que mandé fue en parte una crónica sobre cómo había conseguido la entrevista.

Viendo las cosas en retrospectiva, tal vez fue este primer impulso de escribir una crónica, lo que me llevó a seguir haciéndolo, ahora para un público más personal. Decidí que, en vez de mandar fotografías a la familia y los amigos, iba a enviar imágenes por escrito en mis correos electrónicos contando mis experiencias e impresiones (Facebook todavía no existía).

Después de un tiempo y varias aventuras, las crónicas se convirtireron en lo que le dio un verdadero sentido a mi viaje. Como escribe Terry Pratchett en voz del turista Towflower: “The important thing about having lots of things to remember is that you've got to go somewhere afterwards where you can remember them, you see?”

Andrés Treviño, Marzo 2017

English

There are times when circumstances come together in a kind of wave and you just have to decide to let impulse take you.

In early 2004, I was doing historical research for an architecture firm in Mexico City. The pay was not splendid, but being single and without commitments, I had stability and zero debts. What’s more, I also collaborated periodically with a literature and contemporary art magazine, which had allowed me to save a little.

Nine months before, a friend had gone to live in Brazil. Through her, I learned that there existed la Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty (FLIP, The International Literature Festival of Paraty), a massive event in a small paradisiacal town of the Atlantic Forest, with the ‘rock-stars’ of the literary world in attendance every year. That year featured Paul Auster, Martin Amis, Rosa Montero, Caetano Veloso, Ian McEwan and Jeffrey Eugenides, among others.

Suddenly, I looked in the mirror and saw that I had not yet made that trip to South America, which I had dreamed of since I was a child. I said to myself: it’s now or never.

I told the editor of the magazine about FLIP and I proposed that they send me to cover the event. He told me to talk to the director. The next day he called me to propose a deal: I would pay for my ticket to Brazil, and if I got an exclusive interview with Martin Amis or Ian McEwan, they would reimburse me the cost of the ticket.

Over the next few weeks, I sold my car, bought the ticket, researched Ian McEwan and Martin Amis, and read several of his novels. With that and what I had saved in the bank, I threw myself into the adventure.

In Paraty, after some days chasing the two writers, I managed to convince McEwan to help me pay for my ticket. The text I wrote was partly a chronicle about how I got the interview.

Seeing things in hindsight, perhaps it was this first impulse to write a chronicle, which led me to continue doing so, now for a more personal audience. I decided that instead of sending pictures to family and friends, I would send images in the writing of my emails telling my experiences and impressions (Facebook still did not exist).

After a while and several adventures, the chronicles became what gave a true meaning to my travels. As Terry Pratchett writes in the voice of the tourist Towflower: “The important thing about having lots of things to remember is that you've got to go somewhere afterwards where you can remember them, you see?”

Andrés Treviño, March 2017


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