by Lorenzo Piccoli
Uzhhorod is a city located in Western Ukraine, not far from Kamenica, where I shortly volunteered in 2013 – I will go back there at some point. This is a short story used by my supervisor in a recent presentation on the stability and transformation of borders.
It’s 2014. A humble man from Central Eastern Europe dies and goes to heaven. As he arrives to the Pearly Gates of Paradise, Saint Peter greets him and says: well, tell me about your life. The man explains: I was born at the beginning of the last century under the Austrian Monarchy, then I went to school in Czechoslovakia, I got married in Hungary, I started my career in Soviet Union, and I died in Ukraine. So you traveled quite a bit! says St. Peter. No, not at all, I never left my native town of Uzhhorod in my entire life.