In London, Agave Cimadevilla (Oviedo, 1991) discovered the freedom of a city that houses, in its entrails, countless accents, people passing through, flavors and smells from any corner of the world and looks used to seeing everything and judging, rather, nothing. This Asturian woman came to the British capital recently when she came of age, “as I took the Selectivity exam”, and, although she did it to learn English, by the time she achieved her goal, she had already taken a liking to expressing life and youth in this tidal wave in which almost nine million inhabitants revolve.
So much diversity makes her days there nothing like those she remembers, as a child, in our region. «It is very different from Asturias and Spain in general. There are people of all colors here, ”he says. And not only that, but also, nothing stands out on the streets of a city that has seen the unimaginable. “You can go out in your pajamas, no one is going to tell you anything,” he says.
What Agave de Londres likes most is that “it always gives opportunities, at least if you know how to look for them.” She started out cleaning in a hotel and now works as a clerk in a telecommunications company. “There are a lot of people passing through and that means that there are many jobs opening and closing,” he explains.
In 2009, when this woman from Oviedo stepped on English soil for the first time, our country was experiencing the worst moments of the economic crisis. “I have already been listed for eleven years with less than thirty, my friends in Spain have only two or three,” she reflects. Although ‘Brexit’ shakes their future, because they do not know what direction the United Kingdom is going to take. “Nobody knows what is going to happen. We do not know how the country is going to survive economically, “he laments.
Circumstances that are aggravated by the global pandemic that also hits hard between its borders, although there is a different experience. «The restrictive measures are much lighter than the Spanish ones. The mask, for example, is mandatory, but it really is not. Nobody tells you to wear it if you don’t wear it, ”he says. A lightness that is increased because in the United Kingdom they do not have ID. “It is difficult to control where you live, it is a much more liberal country.”
That freedom is one of the advantages that she finds in her life there, although she does not forget all that her Asturias has either. “I miss my family. Here they have a very detached culture, they come and go, “he says. So much so that, for them, it is normal to be independent from the age of eighteen. “Most of them pay for university and go to see their parents once a month,” he is surprised. “The British do not have those ties that we have,” he insists. And she, adept at that Spanish familiarity, is already looking for planes to land in the arms of her family this Christmas.