Lost art of whistling / El arte perdido de silbar

Gran Cafe, Sabana Grande

Gran Café de Sabana Grande, Caracas, Venezuela (October, 1991)

(English text follows) Dígame usted: cuándo fué la última vez que ha escuchado a alguien silbar? Es un hábito en camino de extinción….  Por ejemplo, recuerdo a Dagoberto (no es su nombre real), el mesonero estrella del Gran Café. En medio del caos urbano del Gran Cafe,  Dagoberto ofrecía una sonrisa rápida y un servicio entusiasta. Su silbar era terapia instantánea y un antídoto contra pensamientos negativos.  Se olvidaba uno, así, de los perros callejeros, de los rateros al acecho y del humo denso de los carros. Y se concentraba uno a lo que vino… a tomarse un café y a mirar a los caraqueños en su perpetuo deambular por el bulevar.

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Let’s be honest: when was the last time you heard someone whistling? Sadly, it is a habit that tends to die… Dagoberto (not his real name) was the star waiter of Gran Café. In the midst of Gran Café’s urban chaos, Dagoberto was a smiling face and enthusiastic man.  His whistling was instant therapy and an antidote against negative thoughts. One would then forget the stray dogs, the pickpockets and the dense smoke emanated by cars nearby. And one would then concentrate on the issue at hand… drinking coffee and watching Caraqueños in their perennial ritual of walking the boulevard.

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Author: Constantino

A Chemical Engineer born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He has worked for the oil refining industry in threes countries under different capacities. With photography and writing as hobbies, he has traveled the world (and has still to settle somewhere). Loves movies, Latin Jazz, black coffee and red wine... Kampai!

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