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VOGUE Bambini - - NEW READERS -

a mez­zo­gior­no, quel­lo de­stro in Su­dan all’una e spor­ge­re la pun­ta del na­so in Li­bia al­le due del po­me­rig­gio. In mez­zo al de­ser­to, uno stes­so pun­to, in tre luo­ghi, in tre tem­pi. La­ti­tu­de 19.4999953 and lon­gi­tu­de 23.9999773 is what’s writ­ten on the GPS of the SUV: in this spot you can ha­ve your left foot in Chad, your right foot in Su­dan, and the tip of your no­se in Li­bya. Right smack in the midd­le of the de­sert, in the sa­me point, and in th­ree dif­fe­rent coun­tries. Idriss, the old ca­ra­van lea­der, the lord of the ca­mels, the man who kno­ws the se­cre­ts of the Sa­ha­ra, taught me this. He taught me at the Guel­ta d’Ar­cheï: an oa­sis of wa­ter, an en­chan­ted gar­den, in the me about the th­ree wat­ches glit­te­ring li­ke gems. Yes, the wat­ches we­re for cros­sing that point of sand in mo­ve­ment, mar­king the bor­ders bet­ween Chad, Li­bya and Su­dan and al­so mar­king the pas­sa­ge bet­ween ti­me zo­nes and the stan­dard ti­mes of ea­ch na­tion, de­ci­ded by man. That’s what Idriss, the old ca­ra­van lea­der, the lord of the ca­mels, the man who kno­ws the se­cre­ts of the Sa­ha­ra, taught me. La­ti­tu­de 19.4999953, lon­gi­tu­de 23.9999773: in this pre­ci­se in­stant, you can ha­ve your left foot in Chad at noon, your right foot in Su­dan at 1:00 p.m. and the tip of your no­se in Li­bya at 2:00 p.m. Right smack in the midd­le of the de­sert, in the sa­me pla­ce, in th­ree dif­fe­rent coun­tries and dif­fe­rent ti­me zo­nes.

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