I spent some of the best years of my life in Boston. I went to University there, and then went back a few years later to do a masters course at Harvard University. You can well imagine therefore how I felt on the day of the bomb attack at the finish line of the Boston marathon.
I like everything about Boston, and more generally speaking New England. Boston is a large, cultured, tolerant and hardworking city that is world famous for its university which helps thousands of young people every year, not only to grow academically but to meet other young people from all over the world. Boston is where American democracy was born and the legend of Paul Revere – the patriot who, by riding through the night, was able to inform the independence fighters of the imminent arrival of English troops– is still very much alive.
Today we know who carried out the attack in Boston, even though we don’t know the reason why. Attacking a city like the one I have described, moreover during a wonderful sporting event is a fierce and unspeakable gesture. I express all my solidarity to the city of Boston, my “second home”.