Life long project to find the oldest 100 persons in the world. It started in Barcelona. After making some photos at a retirement house I was ready to leave when one of the care takers told me ¨There is a person you should meet before you go, her name is Ana Maria, she is 108 years old and will be 109 in July¨…
Cristina, 65 years old. Worked all her life as hairdresser and this was her passion. Unfortunately her right hand is almost paralysed.
Josefa, 77 years old. Worked at a store. Loves her two great grandchildren.
Xu Ju, 80 years old. Originally from China. Came to Barcelona 45 years ago. Speaks a little bit of Spanish. Loves to play bingo and to care for the birds at her retirement house.
Maria Josefa, is 83 years old. Worked as a housewife all her life. The happiest moments she remember where when she got married and the day her great granddaughter was born.
Maria Rosa, 83 years old. Could not attend school due to the civil war. Worked at a bar. The happiest day of her life was when her son was born.
Toni, 83 years old. Worked as fruit deliverer. Likes to be active and go for a walk. The happiest day of his life was when he got married.
Maria, 84 years old. Held many jobs but the one she enjoyed the most was at a dress factory.
Benita, 86 years old. Worked as housewife. Went to school a couple of day and never again due to the civil war. Has a wonderful smile.
Antonio, 88 years old. Was a painter. Blind due to his age. His happiest day was on the 25th of January 1939. Desperately hungry and hiding in a bomb shelter suddenly saw an angry man throw a wooden box and walk away. He decided to look what was inside and to his surprise it was full of well conserved meat, he took it and ran home to his family.
Ana Maria. She was born on the 23rd of July 1902 and she is 109 years old. Worked at home raising her family. I asked her what is the secret to live so many years? She simply said ¨To be happy¨.