The broken heart of Vanushka

Trip Start May 15, 2011
Trip End Jun 06, 2011

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Flag of Guatemala  , Quetzaltenango,
Thursday, May 19, 2011

    I was at the cemetery Calvario and I met a person who started to tell me a story of a tomb in that cemetery. Here's the story of Vanushka Cardena Barajas. A legend says it happened about 1927 though details are not verified.

    Vanushka was a young Roma/Gypsy woman when she moved with her family from Eastern Europe to Guatemala. They traveled the country performing in a circus to make money and because entertainment was the trade they knew. When they were in Xela they settled in and promoted their circus.

    One evening a young man arrived at the circus tent. He was from a wealthy family, and that night he visited the circus with some of his friends. He was handsome and something about the way he carried himself among his peers caught the eye of one of the performers, Vanushka. She was observing the crowd from off stage until it came time to take her spot in the ring.

    After the performance, the young man saw Vanushka leave from a side entrance and he rushed away from his confused friends as he made his way around the tent to try and speak with this beautiful girl. He did catch up with her and they talked the entire night.

    They had confessed their love for each other and were trying to figure out how to share their newfound love with their families. Her family had already seen the blossom of love on her face as she watched the stands for this striking young man and no one could miss seeing them walking hand in hand as they circled the tent each night.

    It didn’t take the father of the young man long to realize that this match would never work, for their families were so different and came from such different backgrounds and there were so many wonderful plans he had for his son. Despite their attempts at reason, he was convinced that Vanushka was the one for him.

    Out of desperation, he was ordered to leave for Spain the next day to spend four years in university there. Vanushka wept in her tent. She slipped into a troubled sleep that slowly calmed to a deathly pale. Finally she died of a broken heart and she was buried in the Calvario Cemetery. It became a pilgrimage for those who seek love.

    This is just a story.
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