Mariano Hernán Mujica

Another Zwicky family posting — about my distant cousin Mariano, an Argentinean diplomat (I told you we were everywere), one of whose grandmothers was Margarita Zwicky, born in Mollis, Canton Glarus, Switzerland, the town where the Zwickys come from. (My grandfather was born there.) On his Facebook page, Mariano lists himself as Mariano Hernán Mujica (Gildea – Zwicky), giving family names beyond his father’s.

This is about Mariano, and Mollis, and especially Iguazu Falls (where he served in a consulate for a while), which is one of the most breath-taking pieces of scenery in the world. One view (from a site that gives a great many):

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(You can take guided canoe trips on the lower falls.)

First, more on the falls. From Wikipedia:

The Iguazu Falls, Iguazú Falls, Iguassu Falls, or Iguaçu Falls … are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. They are the largest waterfalls system in the world. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu. The Iguazu River rises near the city of Curitiba. For most of its course, the river flows through Brazil, however, most of the falls are on the Argentine side. Below its confluence with the San Antonio River, the Iguazu River forms the boundary between Argentina and Brazil.

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(from Google Maps)

Then, Mariano, born in 1965 (like my daughter). Posted as a diplomat, so far, to Luanda, Angola; Beirut, Lebanon; Haiti; Iguazu Falls; and now Stockholm, Sweden (with snow! which he photographs, atmospherically). Here he is in 2010, in Beirut, looking solid, dependable, and handsome (also, to my eyes, recognizably Swiss):

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The year before, he got in touch with Swiss cousins and made the pilgrimage to Zürich (which I have done) and on to Mollis (which I have not, though Elizabeth has).

The plaque on the Zwicky-Haus in Mollis, from Mariano’s camera (somewht imperfectly reproduced here):

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And Mariano in 2013, visiting the British, Gildea, side of the family, in Salisbury, Wiltshire:

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And finally, a Swedish snow scene, from last month:

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