Spain, Juan Pablo

Spain. Juan Pablo. Square Victoria, Montreal, 2012

Why Spain? I asked.

“My parents are from Spain.”

I met Juan Pablo two days before the Euro 2012 finals. He was born in Columbia but lives in Montreal. His parents are from Spain and he has family in Columbia and Peru. Juan Pablo was very confident Spain would win the Euro, and with a good reason now we know. I never asked him why was he hanging around Victoria Square. Perhaps to bring his chosen team some luck? Perhaps not. Spanish players didn’t need it though. They won it in style. There never was any doubt, during the game, that it could be any different.

 


Spain, Claude

Spain. Claude. St. Catherine/St. Dominique, Montreal, 2012

Why Spain? I asked.

” I always pick Spain.”

Claude walked out of Metropolis just as I was passing by. He has no family history related to Spain. He told me he has friends there, but he also has friends in Italy, Germany and France. As he was saying this it looked as if the origins of his choice ‘to always pick Spain’ are mysterious even to him. I asked where he’s from and he said “I am Indian, from James Bay up North.” He’s been living in Montreal for 35 years. He asked me where from I came to Canada. After hearing my story he offered me his hand and simply said: “Welcome.” It was a magical moment. Government officials welcomed me to this country 14 years ago but, somehow, it’s only now that it feels right. Claude beat cancer a few years ago and I am so happy he did.