Adolfo Suarez, first democratically elected president in Spanish history, passed away on March, 23, 2014. My middle school friend Blanca went to his funeral. Looking at her photos of the funeral on facebook was a roller coaster ride to a time in which Spain was going through major political turmoil. Little did we children know about the challenges that Mr. Suarez had to face. Little did I know that one day I will be a US citizen and I would witness Spanish history from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, so many miles away from our middle school classroom. Adolfo Suarez role in the Spanish transition from a long dictatorship to a democracy has been debated nationally and internationally. Both Blanca and I remember him with great respect. Blanca gave me permission to share her photos on iReport and I'm honored to be able to write about those days. No matter how sophisticated and complex the political science talk might be, for "girls" like Blanca and me, Adolfo Suarez is just a major icon of our childhood. We live in a peculiar kind of world. I haven't seen any of my middle school friends since the mid 80s. Yet in our Global Village, an image crosses the Ocean in seconds and triggers vivid memories that had faded after decades.
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