Everything happened in Chiapas


Photograph by MEVM: “La abuela Isabel y Renato" 2014 (63x40cm).

As a contemporary artist what I try to reflect is the cultural and social context I live in, with the intention to give voice and provoke a dialogue and consciousness about the issues we face as a country and at the same time to highlight the Marvelous Mexico we owe (Well, almost all of us)…

In this case, these photographs are inspired by everything that makes our beloved Mexico unique, that is, its culture, people and the way they earn an honest living. Then, the project “Everything happened in Chiapas” has this intention and counts on the valuable participation of the writer Yoana Vargas Magaña who interprets the artwork with her magical and realistic short stories.

The titles are “La abuela Isabel y Renato” and “Es larga la espera”, in the first one the story is told by those wonderful feet from our people “We come in pair to hold only one and that one always lead us with the heart and the strenght we must have in this place in which we were destined to be born”, meanwhile in the second one a courageous migrant asks a special request to another migrant “Nothing that I said matters, the only thing that matters is to arrive and if not I ask you that at least my name does”.

Here's STORY No.1 in Spanish (I'm sorry my friends but translation is very difficult)…


STORY No.1 “La abuela Isabel y Renato”

Aquí se debe ser fuerte, no hay opción de lo contrario, el día empieza casi de noche y la noche no acaba hasta que es de día, el olor de mi madre verde lo vale, lo vale todo, se es libre de cosas que no entenderíamos y nos preocupan cosas que ustedes no entenderían. Nos aferramos a nuestra tierra como si estuviéramos enraizados, besamos nuestro suelo con cada caminar y algunas veces nos acercamos al suyo para poder conseguir eso que han creado para comprar lo creado por nosotros y que nos permite tener para comer.

Venimos en par para poder sostener sólo a uno y ese uno nos dirige siempre con el corazón y la fortaleza que se debe tener en este lugar en el que nos tocó nacer.

“Pies para qué los quiero si tengo alas para volar”… nosotros de caminos y huellas chiapanecas nunca entendimos esa frase… aquí siempre nos han necesitado.

Yoana Vargas Magaña


STORY No.2 was inspired by the following photograph and the courageous immigrants… 002_Fotografia_La_larga_espera_EDT

Photograph by MEVM: “Es larga la espera" 2014 (60x40cm).

STORY No.2 “Es larga la espera”

-Es larga la espera ¿verdad? Le pregunté con el afán de sentir un poco de compañía, es extraño sentirse tan solo y estar rodeado de tantos.

-Eso depende de lo que estés esperando.

No supe si sonreír o no. Había algo de incertidumbre en su respuesta, como si de pronto se refiriera a la muerte o quizás eran sólo mis ideas y el olor a muerte que ahí se respira.

Me dijo quién era, de dónde venía (un indocumentado documentándose conmigo y ¿para qué?), hasta me contó sus sueños y anhelos, cuando lo hacía un brillo en sus ojos me enseñaba cómo es el color de la esperanza, me pregunté si yo tendría esa mirada también.

-Mira este de la playera azul ya se durmió, es lo peor que puedes hacer, siempre son los primeros que la bestia escoge, a los que se duermen. Por un lado se podía ver la belleza de los colores del sur de México, por otro el horror y detrás sólo tierra y nuestro pasado entre ella.

Nada de lo que te he dicho importa, lo único que importa es llegar y si no es así te pido que por lo menos lo haga mi nombre.

Sólo acuérdate de mi nombre, si la espera se vuelve corta para mí.

Yoana Vargas Magaña


And STORY No.3 will be inspired by the photograph "Timo y Mimo". At this time it's under construction and doesn't have a title yet, but I'm sure it will be awesome (So, please Yoana you must hurry up!)…003_Fotografia_Timo_y_Mimo_EDT

Photograph by MEVM: “Timo y Mimo" 2014 (60x40cm).


This is the exhibition of the photographs along other amazing artists at the 2° Encuentro Contemporáneo de Artes Plásticas Sur-Sureste at the Museo Regional de Antropología Carlos Pellicer Cámara.


With my friends at the art exhibition in the city of Villahermosa, Tabasco.

I really hope you liked the photographs and this publication… thank you for stopping by…


Web page created by: Jonathan Nuño

Photographs by: María Elena Vargas Magaña (MEVM)

Marc Chagall


Painting: “Marc Chagall" 2013 (100x100cm, acrylic on canvas).


Today is Day of the Dead and as a Mexican by birth and heart I dare to say that this is one of my favorite days of the year. Reason why, this November 2nd, that is, the All Souls Day, I would like to make a tribute to one special soul of the art world, the beloved artist Marc Chagall.

Since an early age Marc Chagall started to show a great capacity for invention, he used the violet color in such a way that challenged all known artistic laws and he had that self-taught quality that it’s the style of the true creative spirits.

“In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love”. Marc Chagall

His destiny was a destiny formed by tests and one of the most difficult one was to leave his birth and beloved city, Vitebsk, which is present in most of his work.

(But tell me, who's an artist without love?)…

I would say it’s fundamental for inspiration, that’s why destiny had something amazing for him and in the fall of 1909 he met Bella Rosenfeld, his muse. In his autobiography "My Life", Chagall described his first encounter with Bella: "Her silence is mine, her eyes mine. It is as if she knows everything about my childhood, my present, my future, as if she can see right through me". His passion for not only her beauty but her strength is visible in his portraits of her.

Marc Chagall is known as the painter who brought back poetry to painting…

Taking into account what Time magazine published in 1965 “without him the modern art history would be superficially cold”.

Just a curious note to finish this post, the painting you see here was inspired first of all by the artist himself, his life and his amazing and poetic work.


Posing with my painting inspired by the green-faced man Marc Chagall… (“No one is a prophet in his land, but you Marc Chagall proved the contrary and you hold your beloved city Vitebsk in your hand”).


Self-portrait, 2013.

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Guerman, M., Forestier, S. and Wigal, D., CHAGALL Vitebsk-París-Nueva York, Traducción de Daniel Suárez, México: Númen, 2006. 



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Photographs by: MEVM


Yoana and the revelation of Mr. Right (Part 2)


Photograph: “Old times" 2014.

If you ask me, how I would prefer photographs to be edited, whether color or black-and-white, I would totally say that I’m a black-and-white photography fan. 

(But why?)… Well, for me it’s simple, any black-and-white photograph looks so creative, amazingly artistic and spectacularly beautitul… (but that’s only for me).

Now tell me… How about you?, What kind of photographs do you like better?

(Getting back to the point)… For this publication it’s an honor to introduce someone you might know or might not, but here you will have the chance to do so, and specially because he’s a talented photographer and maybe you just didn’t know it…

Please Elena less introduction and more action!…

Ok, ok!, here it goes then…

I now present the gallery of Simone Di Santo with Yoana Vargas as a model and my painting “Yoana and the revelation of Mr. Right” as the background theme.

We hope you like it!


When I saw the photograph “Revelation of the light"  I was in shock because for me it represents the perfect contrast between black and white, and also the composition is unexpected… (what a great result! and I think it's my favorite from the gallery).


Photograph: “Revelation of the light" 2014


This next photograph is a tribute to René Magritte, the genious painter, and to one of his most famous paintings “This is not a pipe”, which means that it’s not a physical pipe but just only an image or representation of a pipe. So, if he had said “This is a pipe”, then he would have been lying… (Confusing but at the same time fascinating!!!)


Photograph: “These are not three Yoanas" 2014.


What is a border, a limit or an interface? Well, this picture exposes these terms by separating and at the same time connecting Yoana and the real Yoana


Photograph: “There’s a line between you and the real me" 2014.


It’s incredible how the photographs talk for themselves…


Photograph: “Are these two neckties?" 2014.


Thank you Simone for your amazing photographs, what a talent you have!…

And as always, thank you for passing by…



Creative support by: Yoana Vargas Magaña

Web page created by: Jonathan Nuño Jarquin

Photographs by: Simone Di Santo

I would like to thank Liverpool Store at Galerías Tabasco 2000, Villahermosa, Tabasco to make the photo shooting possible, as well as the support from the following staff members: Petrona Cruz Gallego, Javier Eduardo Montes and Miguel Ángel Pérez.



Yoana and the revelation of Mr. Right

IMG_3175_EDT2Painting “Yoana and the revelation of Mr. Right” 2014 (120x90cm, acrylic on canvas).

As an artist I’m inspired by other artists, that is, painters, sculptors, writers and photographers. Among my favorite painters you can find Picasso, Matisse, Rousseau, Van Gogh, Kirchner, Chagall, Kahlo and Lichtenstein, but there’s one in particular that made a big impact on me when I saw his painting “The Empire of Light II” at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York.

(Who is it then?)…

The answer is René Magritte, one of a kind artist, a painter-philosopher who thought in images, moving from fantastic idea to fantastic idea with apparently playful light-heartedness [1]. Now, let me tell you that for me, no painting at the MOMA compares to the mystery evoked by the painting a mentioned above (really! I was so excited that I wanted to cry).

(So…) The painting “Yoana and the revelation of Mr. Right” is a tribute to this magnificent artist and at the same time to my artist-writer sister, who also fell in love with Magritte’s work.

(But, does this painting have a meaning?)… Well, this question can be answered by the following words by René Magritte;

“Visible images which conceal nothing; they evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question, 'What does that mean?'. It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing either, it is unknowable.“

(Who is this Mr. Right I talk about in this painting?)…

The only thing I’m sure about is that this person, this man who is Mr. Right will be soon revealed, or at least that’s the hope I have. (to be continued…)


Now, WELCOME to the backstage photo shooting gallery!

I took the photos while Simone Di Santo was working with Yoana(not that bad or what do you think?).IMG_2854_EDT

Yoana looking very professional in her charaterization.

I have to admit that once in while I interrupted Simone’s work because he ususally said to me “Elena, please move a little bit because you are appearing in the photo” (Ups!)IMG_2860_EDT

The talented photographer working hard.

Breathe Yoana, breathe! We know it’s a lot of work, but it’s totally worth it.IMG_2845_EDT

Yoana feeling relaxed.

We had the complete support from the staff members of Liverpool Store at Galerías Tabasco 2000, they helped a lot by letting us use the Men's Fitting Rooms and by bringing the right suit’s size for Yoana (although men’s clothes are big, even the smallest size!)…IMG_2850_EDT

Photo by MEVM: “The thinker”, 2014.

A planned day for us  (Yoana, Simone and I) turned out to be an UNEXPECTED day for the people working at the store, who told us “These things never happen here!”IMG_2872_EDTAfter trying several rooms for the photo shooting we ended up in the biggest one.



Just checking the work done.

The model also wanted to contribute with her selfie… (remember that this painitng is part of the project “This is not a selfie” to be exhibited next 2015 in Villahermosa, Tabasco).IMG_2925_EDT

Yoana’s selfie.

I hope you liked this publication, and for next one you will see the artistic gallery by Simone Di Santo!!!

Thank you for visiting this site,




[1] Weidemann, C., Nippe, C. 50 MODERN ARTISTS YOU SHOULD KNOW. Munich, Germany: Prestel Verlag, 2010. pp. 90-91.

Creative support by: Yoana Vargas Magaña

Web page created by: Jonathan Nuño Jarquin

Photographs by: María Elena Vargas Magaña (MEVM)

I would like to thank Liverpool Store at Galerías Tabasco 2000, Villahermosa, Tabasco to make the photo shooting possible, as well as the support from the following staff members: Petrona Cruz Gallego, Javier Eduardo Montes and Miguel Ángel Pérez.




2014 SEED Artwork Competition


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Isela Ascencio Mexico’s Schlumberger-SEED Coordinator showing the winning artworks.

A total success was the call for 2014 Schlumberger-SEED Artwork Competition among all SEED Schools in Mexico. With this year topic “Mathematics are beautiful”, children were able to show their creativity and inspiration by drawing how the mathematics are present in nature, on the Earth and in our lives… (Cool!, isn´t it?).

Isela Ascencio Mexico’s Schlumberger-SEED Coordinator was in charge of this amazing initiative, visiting the SEED Schools, promoting this competition, gathering the artworks from all locations in Mexico and asking for volunteers to support this project… (Not an easy task, right?).

Thanks to all this work and the complete support from the Management, the voting process was a great succes. (So…) I’m pleased to announce the winning artworks:

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1st Place: Hiram Alejandro Meza Pulido, 11 years, SEED School: Ignacio Lopez Rayón in Coatzintla Veracruz, Art Professor: Mayra Mar Pérez. 


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2nd Place: Berenice Guadalupe Alvarez Hernandez, 17 years, SEED School: Secundaria Técnica # 11 in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Art teacher: Jesús Cerrillo Cruz. 


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2nd Place: Gerardo Adrian Jimenez Garcia, 10 years, SEED School: Francisco I. Madero in Papantla, Veracruz, Art Teacher: Hector A. Jiménez García. 


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2nd Place: Stephania Guadalupe Lázaro Mass, 15 years, SEED School: Secundaria Técnica # 11 in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Art teacher: Jesús Cerrillo Cruz.


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2nd Place: Nimbe Lizeth Olarte López, 9 years, SEED School: Francisco I. Madero in Papantla, Veracruz, Art Teacher: Isaac Pérez Acuña.


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2nd Place: Britney Yamilett Hernandez Pérez, 14 years, SEED School: Secundaria Técnica # 21 in Cd. del Carmen, Campeche, Art Teacher: Juana de Jesús Montero Alvarado. 


SEED Schools’ students were so excited to participate in this project…

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SEED School students. 


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SEED School student working on her artwork. 


And what about the volunteers? (Well, we also did a good job!)…just chek it out!

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Simone Di Santo (Wireline) taking pictures of the artworks.


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Yoana Vargas (Petro-Technical Services) and Isela Ascencio classifying the artworks into the corresponding category.


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María Elena Vargas (Petro-Technical Services) reviewing that all artist’s information is accurate.


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Isela Ascencio working hard for this 2014 SEED Artwork Competition.


Thank you very much to all the people who contributed to make this contest possible…

When there is a will, there is a way!



Creative support by: Yoana Vargas Magaña

Web page created by: Jonathan Nuño

Photographs by: María Elena Vargas Magaña and Simone Di Santo

Votes by: Arindam Bhattacharya (President Mexico & Central America), Canice McGarry (MCA-MKT Manager), Jose Luis Lacruz (OFS Manager–MXS), Alejandro Scheffler (OFS Manager– MXM), Gerardo Villela (OFS Manager–MXNE), Diego Soler (MKT Manager–MXS), Cesar Velez, Claudia Castro (MCA DTS Operations Manager-MXS), Ana María Guzmán, Roberto Bernardis, Miguel Villalobos, Carlos Alcaraz, Laura Guadarrama, Lorena Galindez, Sara Saldarriaga, Mercedes Trujillo, Esther Castillo, Wilfredo Castañeda Espinoza, Daniel Zinat (WL-MXS),

Volunteers: Alejandro Rodriguez (PACMA & SR – MCA), Francisco Naranjo (Social Responsibility Manager – MXS), María Elena Vargas (PTS-MXS), Yoana Vargas (PTS-MXS), Simone Di Santo (WL- MXS), Daniel García (Facilities–MXNE Tampico), María Elena Solis (Manager Assitant-MXM), Stefanie Martínez (Social Responsibility–MXNE).


Look, this is not a selfie!


Painting: “Look, this is not a selfie" 2014 (100 x 100cm, acrylic on canvas).

The painting “Look, this is not a selfie”  is the portrait of Monserrat Estopier.

(But why this title?)… well, in a world where the selfie is the most popular word (tell me, who hasn’t taken a selfie???) it’s also interesting to know how other people “see” us, reason why I painted Monserrat.

(So…) Through the artist’s eyes, it can be seen a beautiful, hard-working and mysterious woman who knows what she wants in life, someone who’s willing to pursue her dreams and happiness as well… (Can you tell me what you see?)…

(And what about the leaves, do they mean anything?)… mmm, of course! they mean that she’s now living in an exuberant and exotic place (those who live here in the south of Mexico know what I mean) where all kinds of exuberant and exotic plants grow everywhere… Also, if you look carefully you will notice the white leave stem keeping her attached to the ground, representing that in life it’s important to know that you can follow and reach every single dream, but at the same time it’s important to remain humble and true to yourself…

Now, imagine that you are seen through someone else’s eyes, and this person results to be an artist… (can you imagine the result?, how would you like to be seen as?)…


Can we make a new tendency for this?… Maybe, let's see what the future holds…

(And now, about the photo shooting)… This is what I can interpret from Monserrat's photos and expressions… 

Because remember, this is not a selfie!


“I hope this photo shooting is over so I can relax!”


Photo by MEVM: “Come on!“, 2014


“Mmm, I think I have better hair waves than me in the painting” 

(For sure Monse, this is totally true!)…

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Photo by MEVM: “Me & the other Me“, 2014


It’s fun trying to interpret what Monserrat’s thinking of, although it’s not an easy task!

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Photo by MEVM: “Feeling art“, 2014


“Yeah, I’m happy now… posing isn’t as easy as it looks but I did a great job!”

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NOTE: You are witnessing the birth of a project… would you like to be part of it?

"See" you soon!



Creative support by: Yoana Vargas Magaña

Web page created by: Jonathan Nuño 

Photographs by: María Elena Vargas Magaña (MEVM)

I’m waiting for an answer


Painting: “I’m waiting for an answer" 2013 (50x60cm, acrylic on canvas).

“If I made the first move, now it’s your turn to make the next one…"

It was cold and she was observing the houses, the landscape, the animals passing by on the big train window thinking that she has always enjoyed traveling by train. The cabin was empty, after all, who travels to small towns when you have the big city waiting for you? (Oh yes!…her). She was about to arrive, so she applied perfume, put her red lisptick on and waited for the train to arrive at the station and stop. It was raining heavily and she was feeling a little nervous, misterious, someone who doesn't want to be noticed…but who could avoid it taking into account her foreign condition and the redness of her lips?. The train’s doors opened so she put her coat’s cap on, leaned her head down and then slowly up, just to get her eyes staring at his, who was covering from the rain while smoking one of his thousand cigarettes he smokes. And there he was, as incredible as she recalled him from the past days far far away when he asked "I'm waiting for answer", and at the same time his amazing hazel eyes answering for her already.


Painting: “The first train" 2013 (50x60cm, acrylic on canvas).

“Any similarity to reality is merely coincidence…"

Thanks for your visit!


This post was edited by: Yoana Vargas Magaña & Guadalupe Vargas Magaña

Web page created by: Jonathan Nuño

Photographs by: Conny Hiller & María Elena Vargas Magaña

Frida Kahlo


Painting: “Frida Kahlo, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger" 2013 (100x100cm, acrylic on canvas)

“There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the trolley, and the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst” Frida Kahlo

Many things have been written about the painter Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón (best known as Frida Kahlo), but this time we let herself talk about her life and her art with these statements…

“I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best”.

“I love you more than my own skin”.

“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”.

“My painting carries with it the message of pain”.

“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality”.

“I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling”.

“I really don’t know if my paintings are Surrealistic or not, but I do know that they are the most honest expression of myself, never taking into consideration the judgments or prejudices of anyone ”.

“When I get out of here there are three things that I want to do… paint, paint, and paint”.

Extraordinary for a woman who wanted to be a doctor in the first place…(and this reminds me that "Sometimes you can find beauty in sadness"…)


Posing with my creation inspired by the painter Frida Kahlo… (“I just wanted to paint a brighter version of Frida Kahlo also assuming the pains implicit in her life”).

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Photograph by Ismael Moyaho Lozano: “Proud Artist" 2013



Sketch: “Frida Kahlo, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger" 2013 (21.59cm x 27.94cm, acrylic on canvas)

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Reference and Frida Kahlo’s statemets from these sites:



This post was edited by: Yoana Vargas Magaña & Guadalupe Vargas Magaña

Web page created by: Jonathan Nuño

Photographs by: Ismael Moyaho Lozano & María Elena Vargas Magaña


María Izquierdo


Painting: “María Izquierdo" 2013 (100x100cm, acrylic on canvas).

One of the best Mexican writers Octavio Paz said about her:

“María looked like a prehistoric goddess. Her face like mud dried by the sun…and smoky like copal incense… but that woman with the terrible air of a prehistoric goddess was at the same time sweetness, shy, intimate”.

She was Diego Rivera’s best student, who once reviewing her students’ works said about María’s painting: “This is the only work that is worth it”. Obviously the other students were jealous and received her the next day with a bucket of water making her exclaim along all her career this phrase “It’s a crime to be born a woman and on top of that to be talented”.

María lived a passionate relationship with Rufino Tamayo. The love among María Izquierdo and Rufino Tamayo was so strong and passionate that the writer Emilio Abreu Gómez tells that from 1928 to 1932 the parties in their house were so crazy and lasted four days. María and Rufino were in love, walked together, made love, observed the world together, painted together at a studio in the street Soledad in Mexico City… passion went from one to another and from the paintbrush to the canvas… they didn’t compete, they complemented each other… they selected the same topics… they shared the same obsessions, they just simply loved each other…

But this love wasn’t meant to last …

(But let’s focus on the positive about this talented artist)…

In 1930, she was the first Mexican woman who exhibited her art in the Art Center of New York, becoming the first female artist to exhibit in the USA.

Although she died forgotten by the world, on November 22nd, 2012 the same world made her justice and placed her in an honored position, letting her rest in peace in the “Rotonda de los Personajes Ilustres” from the Dolores burial ground in Mexico City, making her the only painter woman to have this honor.

(Now, María won’t be alone anymore)… She will be accompanied by David Alfaro Siqueiros, Diego Rivera, Gerardo Murillo “Dr. Atl”, Jose Clemente Orozco and many other who have distinguished themselves by the contribution to the Nation in any ambit, the military, scientific, civic or cultural.

There’s always a time for everyone and your time to be always remembered by your Mexico arrived María!!!!

Again, thank you for taking the time to read about art…



Reference and translation from this link:


This post was edited by: Yoana Vargas Magaña & Guadalupe Vargas Magaña

Web page created by: Jonathan Nuño

Exposed in Berlin


Painting: “Exposed in Berlin" 2013 (50x60cm, acrylic on canvas).

I was waiting to pass through the airport security check in Berlin, so I took my laptop out, placed it in the basket, grabbed another basket to place my handbag and then I took my jacket off… (here is where all the shame and laughing started…)

So, when I took my jacket off, all the buttons of my shirt were unbuttoned (but I did NOT realize they were open and I continued doing my stuff of passing through the security check)…

(What happened next???)…

Translation from German to English…

Elena:  Oh! (looking down and turning red as a tomatoe)…

Security officer: I did’t see anything, I swear it! (covering his eyes with his hands and smiling)…

Elena:  mmm ok… (red continues)…

Security officer: Well, I did SEE!!! And what I saw, let me tell you that I liked it… In fact, I think I LOVE YOU, beautiful lady!

Elena:  (speechless and laughing)…

Security officer: (to his colleagues)… I was ok with my working day, and SUDDENLY this pretty girl comes along with her blouse completely open, and I say Yeah!!! unexpected gift… WELCOME!…

Elena:  It was funny…(yeah but not for me lucky guy!)

In the end I’m lucky it happened in Berlin with a young and handsome officer and that I received an “I love you” instead of a “Mamacita!” that I would’ve received in Mexico.

Thank you as always for reading the post…



This post was edited by: Yoana Vargas Magaña & Guadalupe Vargas Magaña

Web page created by: Jonathan Nuño