Monday, January 01, 2007

A little romance

There are a lot of homeless people in San Juan, including the ones who enage in old-school begging; the ones who clean your windshield at red lights; and the ones who will watch your car for a small fee to make sure it doesn't get scratched "accidentally."

One of the popular news stories in Puerto Rico recently concerned a woman who fell in love with a deambulante of the first type. Apparently she looked into his eyes when he knocked on the window of her car to ask for a handout, and saw beneath his outward appearance to the real person beneath. She helped him quit drugs and turn his life around, and when they married, a group of local people got together to donate everything from the cake to the honeymoon suite.

Here's the story in Spanish; here's a poor Babelfish translation.


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