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Te echo de menos

Posted in barcelona, musique, traveling, women by arpitaincuba on January 26, 2009

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Barcelona es cara de mi corazón

Even in El Barri Gòtic it would not end. It gnawed at me–the anxiety of travelling alone as a single woman. I would easily forget about it till Urdu would be whispered in my ear or a hand would reach my waist. And then, immediately all my senses would be heightened and I would switch to the cautious mode. The fear of being a target often ruined traveling alone for me.

However, I enjoyed the anonymity of traveling.  Being a brown girl in Barcelona did not necessarily connote that I was an Indian girl from India who spoke Hindi and understood Urdu. It did not imply that I was one of the several Pakistani illegal immigrants frequently Riberia. Nor did it signify that I was of Indian descent from United States studying in Spain.

Traveling puts you out of context and I used this to my advantage. Some days I would pretend that I did not understand a word of Spanish. I would smile coyly at the Catalan shop-keepers and walk away while they deperately tried to sell  Spanish bizarreness to me.

But  when curiosity had the better of me I would ask questions about Catalunya, in Spanish verbs that were conjugated completely in the past. Cheer svelte gay men on bicycles. Protest independence for the Basque with the estudiantes.

And when I had enough of pretending I would walk into a Döner Kebab joint and order Chicken tikka masala in Hindi and read Salman Rushdie. All for 5 euros.

Yes!  Barcelona was my schizophrenic dream come alive.