Have you seen this man walking through the
streets of Santurce? His name is Saul Dávila. He walks around all day selling and singing Azucena…Azucena…with
a bright smile asking for nothing. But if buy some Azucenas, he will smile
harder and wish you luck. Don’t run to buy Loto, just smile back, enjoy the
moment and ask him if he needs a glass of water. That’s all he needs to
continue his journey. He will walk and continue walking around la Loíza St.,
Miramar, la Plaza del Mercado in
Santurce, Old San Juan and Condado. If you missed him one day, don’t worry, you
will see him again.
a note: The tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa), or Azucena, as known in
Puerto Rico and other parts of Latin America, is a night-blooming plant related
to the agaves, extracts of which are used as a middle note in perfumes. In Chinese,
it is called “night fragrant jade”, meaning "flower as precious as jade
and becoming fragrant at night”.