With my wife Ana Mercedes Rodríguez Acevedo during a visit to
the oil fields at the Caspian Sea coast of Baku, Azerbaijan, August
The photo was made while traveling with a group of
students. We were still studying in Germany. Merce had recently obtained
her Master degree in psychology and I was working on my doctoral thesis
We first flied to Moscow, then to Yerevan, Armenia.
From there we went to Baku, Azerbaijan. On the way back, we spent few days in Kiev, Ukraine,
before returning to Germany by train.
It was in Yereven (few days before this photo was made) that we came
to know each other. Since then, our lives have been bound together in
a close, productive and continuous relation.
With the passing of years, the love that came into being on one memorable
evening in Yerevan, has become broader, tenderer and more intensive.
Merce and I are aware of this blessing.
Our children, family, our academic, professional and personal development,
our contribution to culture and society have always been at the center
of our interests. We have always worked hard, overcoming obstacles and
enduring hardships, particulary during our years of wandering between
countries and continents.
Learning, producing and helping others have always been determining
features of our life style. They taught us how to become sharing persons,
good and respectful of others, in and outside our family. Our concern
for others has always been our main driving force and source of energy.
By helping others and enriching their lives in the broader social and
cultural sense, we have been able to enrich our own lives.
In 2007, we will be celebrating the thirtieth anniversary
of our partnership. During the 10590 days of our joint life sofar we
have always been together, separated only for short periods because
of travel and work. Wednesday,
June 14, 2006