The great shamrock
When I received the email from Hernan and I read his lines of presentation, I knew that this would not be one of those emails that you read fast and discard even faster. It is not that we are the BBC or CNN and millions of ideas and emails come to us every day, but a few do.
Its direct, eloquent and pleasant way of expressing itself in a simple email, made me make the decision to click on the link that led to 'Able to come back', the book that tells his adventures and misadventures when, at the gates of his 30s, he decided that life was to drink it in big drinks and if it spilled on his shirt, he would wash it on a paradise beach.
By clicking on the link, I found this summary, written by himself, of his book:
“This is the story of a guy who started everything and went sailing aboard a sailboat, looking for an island with palm trees. During the journey through more than thirty countries, he learned a lesson he would never forget: butter can last ten days outside the refrigerator. The dream trip ends with the protagonist crying squatting for having lost his ship in the middle of the sea. An ending too sad to be happy. That's why the book starts from there, and it's written all the way back to the beginning“.
Hernán took in his boat something that can never be missing on a great trip: his nun costume
Reading these four lines, I knew: I was going to LIKE. It's like when you enter the bowling alley (tribute to the Argentine land of Hernán) and take a quick look at the parish and, suddenly, among the crowd you see that brunette girl with turquoise eyes that just stares at you at that moment. You're lost. Irremediable and sweetly lost. You know it and you like it.
I contacted Hernán and, very kindly, he sent me a copy of his book by mail. It has taken me quite a while to read it for two reasons: too much work lately and, since childhood, my reading speed was always inversely proportional to what I like the book.