A Postcard from Argentina

by , under All categories, Enrique

I’d like to share with you a postcard that I got from a friend when I left Argentina in 1978. It’s one of the most important postcards I ever got and cherish it a lot. In its few sentences it reveals who I once was and where I’m partly from. Back in 1978, Argentina was still ruled by a ruthless military regime that was responsible, among a long list of other atrocities, for the disappearance of over 30,000 people.


Casa de Gobierno/Government House by Anikó Szabo.

Here’s the writing on the back:

The aim of this postcard is that you’ll never forget these distance parts, located almost at the END of the Earth, but so loved by all of us. The day will come when the sun will shine for real for all of those who live here. The thing is to continue to be as we are and to form and educate the people so that they’ll understand and begin to awaken, open their eyes.


In Spanish:

Esta tarjeta es en realidad para que siempre te recuerdes de estos pagos tan lejanos, practicamente en el FIN del mundo pero que es tan querido por nosotros. Ya va a llegar un día en que el sol saldrá realmente para todos en estas latitudes, el asunto es seguir siendo como somos y formar a la gente, educarla para que comprenda y comience a despertar, a abrir sus ojos.


  1. nemoo

    Hi Savannah, many thanks — as always — for dropping by. It’s incredible how such simple sentences can make so much sense. I’m always moved by her words. It’s one of the most important “presents” I got during my brief stay in Argentina.

  2. nemoo

    Hi Savannah, it’s always nice to hear from you. I’ve been busy finishing my thesis. It’b robbed much of my time.
    Many thanks for inquiring.