Not a migrant

We are six or fewer steps away, by a way of introduction, from any other person in the world. In 1929, Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy wrote a short story called Chains (Lanczsemek) suggesting this concept. 70 years later the idea has grown into a popular theory called Six Degrees of Separation devoted to studies of social networks and social media.

All my childhood I lived in a traditional multigenerational ‘winemaker estate’ separated from the world by more than just Six Degrees of separation. The description of the estate, its history and purpose do not translate well into English. There simply is no easy equivalent to this peculiar assembly of utility buildings with elaborated facade and grand heavy gate. The key feature of the estate is a deep seated cellar suitable for making and preserving wine. Most importantly, the winemaker’s craft, relying on labour of the close family, is completely hidden away from the main street…

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