What is the best thing I love about my job? I love being able to create, from the first moment of creating any text or photo, that is my greatest motivation to create and to be able to speak sensibly about those situations that disturb the peace in the territory.
What is my idea of happiness? Well, the truth is that I believe that happiness is a journey, a journey that you constantly build for yourself in that journey that we call life, so I consider that it is what each being can build little by little based on their needs and purposes.
What is my biggest fear? Losing faith in what I dream of, I think that not having hope or a rope to pull to survive fills me with great fear.
What is the trait I most deplore in myself? I think being so demanding with me, constantly letting me down.
Which living people in my profession do I admire the most? Carolina Valladares, correspondent for France 24 in Iran, José Andrés Rojo, journalist for El País – Spain and Jesus Abad Colorado, photojournalist for El Colombiano
What is my biggest extravagance? I think my biggest extravagance is collecting notebooks, pens and wallets.
When would I lie? To save my life or to get away from some social commitment that is not of interest to me
What do I dislike most about my job? The demand for time and how poorly paid it is in my country.
When and where was I happiest, in my job? I think when I worked for a television channel covering public order.
If I could, what would I change about myself? I would change my lung condition from birth, because it is something that affects me in every way.
What is my greatest achievement at work? I think that I have achieved positive, good things, but I consider that the greatest achievement will be when I can join many other war reporters and be able to tell the reality of many of these conflicts and even be able to be part of those peace processes. For now I will summarize it in that the greatest achievement is having had the experiences that I have had up to now.
Where would I most like to live? I love Europe very much, without a doubt I would love to live in Portugal or Spain.
What is my most prized possession? My most precious possession, my books and my collection of notebooks.
What is my most marked feature? I think my most marked characteristic is how creative and innovative I can be
What is my most inspiring location, in my city? My house, I think is the small place where I can find myself.
What is my favorite place to eat and drink in my city? There is a neighborhood in Medellín that I love for its aroma, its atmosphere, and it is the Carlos E. Resstrepo neighborhood.
What books influenced my life and how?
Angela Becerra’s penultimate dream confronted me with the history of the Bogotazo in a very interesting way.
La Oculta de Jesus Abad Faciolince, also talks about the conflict in Medellín and made me remember a lot the day my father was kidnapped when I was 4 years old, this book gave me a feeling that I was not the only one who lived the spectrum of the violence of that time.
30 days in Afghanistan, speaks precisely about the precarious situation in a country that is also in the midst of a conflict and gave me the faith that one day I would be able to understand and want to help many women who suffered from the gender conflict, but also the conflict of a religious and political war.
The night that Himmler met Borges, this marked me a lot because I am a great lover of history, but above all of the characters who are poets and the story of this book marked a before and after in my own perception of humanity. and its gradual evil, I believe that many times we have inappropriately judged those acts of evil without previewing the antecedents of those acts. So it generates a much broader understanding of why in some way man in his troubled life is impregnated with evil to act with evil, and likewise also understanding the war scenarios that are perpetuated many times as in the Middle East and in countries like Colombia. This book made me understand that constant struggle in which humanity and man lives for power, the search for power and how the means to reach it are almost always the ones that hinder the evolution of peace in civil society.
You only die once. What music would I listen to on my last day? All the flamenco, Arabic and Yiddish music that he could hear. Somehow I carry a very passionate love for that type of music deep inside.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? mr spock
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My heroes in real life, I think my mother and my sister Carolina.
What movie would you recommend watching once in your life? Oil’s Lorenzo
What role do stories play in my life and work? As a writer, as a journalist, as a lover of stories, I think the role they play, well I’m sure the role they play in my life and work is mainly the beginning of my dreams to write and secondly they are the reason why I love what I do, I believe that if stories did not exist, there would be a very human limit to imagination and imagination when there are stories have no limits. From the stories I have been able to create the most beautiful thing that have been my own poems and my own narratives, but I have also been able to understand the relief, the inevitable crying of the letters that are never consumed, while one writes.
What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ mean to me? We are the beginning of each chapter that we live and design on our own path that is life, we are that voice that builds experiences, sadness, dreams, but only we can decide how and when to tell it.
Who is my biggest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My family, enduring the encouragement of a writer, enduring his lack of creativity or rather drought, only they could understand it and could bear it.
Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2023?
The New York Times
UPC de catalunya
What project, in 2023, am I looking forward to work on? I Will like to work on science or investigation
Where can you see me or my work in 2023? You can see my photography on Instagram or in my Blog.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? The passion for doing something is hardly lost, it is like the desire to fulfill what you have already started, nothing can stop you
Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story?
Jesus Abad Colorado
Olgalucia Gaviria Angel
Javier Manrique Corzo
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