Friday, April 18, 2014

NOW GABO AND THE ZORBA ARE BOTH GONE




  The death of literary giant Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Mexico City had a particular resonance for me because both Gabo, as he was known, and I had the same favourite bar in Cartagena although we were never there at the same time. 

   Gabo lived in a house by the city wall just a few hundred yards away from the Whiskeria Zorba while on my visits I stayed at an hotel directly opposite. After a nightcap in Zorba on my way back to the hotel I would sit on my balcony and watch the comings and goings of the bar's eclectic clientele long into the night. 

   Although the bar had only a few rickety tables and chairs it had atmosphere and character galore and it was there, at his regular table that Gabo, according to his brother, wrote most of Love In The Time of Cholera.

  The Whiskeria Zorba is now gone, demolished in the name of progress to make way for who knows what. 

  But for its regular customers, like the literature of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, it will live on.
 
   Photographer Theo Kingma captured the bar and its customers in its heyday.  
 

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