We've just returned from a wonderful and relaxing 4 days in the Algarve:
fabulous weather, warm sea water, few people at the beach and wonderful food
and wine in the restaurants. And, best of all, being with Joao and Pedro!
I tried calling you after receiving your cell phone message, but your phone
number wasn't available. I'll try again this evening or tomorrow.
On reading about your plight - you had hinted very bad times in the message,
but I never imagined such a humiliating ordeal! - I asked myself: Are we in
the 21st century?! Of course, I feel as all those who have said comforting
words and I second everything said.
It's time to enjoy the peace and quiet for a few days and to recharge
batteries, preferably Duracell, to last you for another year in your
Hugs to you and family in Gata,
> ... I am in ¨Spain now, after a traumatic experience at the airport in
> Caracas. I got busted for 3 hours by the National Guard :-( I was
> psychologically humiliated, I was even taken to a hospital for an X-ray
> under suspicion of being a narco dealer :-( and they forced me to pay for
> the X-ray if I wanted to be on time for my flight. Details are too
> cumbersome to be explained here. But you can imagine how I felt in that
> moment, and I was not the first one to be given this treatment (they
> usually do it to women traveling alone). They knew I had nothing, but they
> did not like that I knew my civilian rights, and spoke up, as I usually
> do. I am not scared, and as I have always said I prefer to die standing
> up, than living on my knees.
I was warmly received by the authorities at the airport in Spain (which made
me feel worse about what is happening in my country) and I am feeling a
human being again.