In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Your Days are Numbered.”

‘Madrid’ by Genesis T. Geraldino


by Marites Avisado-Responte

We are racing against it
Or following behind it
Sometimes, our fingers barely touching it
Or, our arms writhing against it
Against the starlight, when moonlit
is waxing and waning to welcome the daylight
We are there, with bowed heads, teeth grit
How come, we simply lose it to the wind?
How come, we choose to let it go?

“For each day is but a numbered chance.” ~


Barcelona or Madrid?

by Genesis Timblaco Geraldino

EuroTrip2015: On September 28, I left New York City to visit 5 cities in 3 countries – Germany, Netherlands, Spain- in 9 days. This is the first of three posts, featuring Spain.

Barcelona or Madrid?

Someone said that “Madrid is likable but Barcelona is to be loved.”

I personally love both cities. Barcelona’s architecture is spectacular. Who is not captivated by Gaudi’s madcap modernist buildings? Madrid, on the other hand, has three of Spain’s most famous art museums: The Prado, with its pre-20th century art; The Reina Sofia, with Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica, and; The Thyssen-Bornemisza, which is said to be one of the best private art collections in the world.

Barcelona, Spain

Madrid, Spain

One thing that struck me when leaving Madrid was a huge banner, draped on a building, that said “Refugees are welcome here”. It put a huge smile on my face because I believe everyone deserves a fighting chance in life. If it were not for my parents’ sacrifices, I wouldn’t be able to travel the world and do what I do now. They both weren’t coming from affluent families but they were determined to give their children a better life. So shout out to the parents and all the countries I’ve visited because they all took in refugees.