This must be the thirtieth departure. Its a procedure that Fernando Varengo knows only too well. As a witness, of course; not as a traveler.
Mario Benedetti was born on September 14th, 1920 in Pasa de los Toros, Tacuarembó Province, Uruguay. When he was four years old his family moved to Montevideo.
One day when he was 101 years old, my grandfather took the vase off the windowsill in his house and gave it to me. That vase had sat by the living room window for as long as I could remember. It is luminous blue, with an oval portrait of a lady painted on it.