[Paisleychick-lj] Once de Septiembre
Beatrice M's blog
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Thu Sep 11 17:14:04 EDT 2008
[Sunset over Buenos Aires], originally uploaded by [blmurch].
We live in barrio Once - pronounced ohn-say. It is called this because of the nearby train station - Once de Septiembre or 9/11. This train station brings people in from the Provincia - the province of Buenos Aires. You might have heard about [the trains that were burned recently - because THEY WERE LATE]. Yeah, that helped people get to work on time....Those trains were coming into Once. The station is named Once de Septiembre because [el Presidente Sarmiento] died on September 11, 1888. He is remembered for bringing public schools to Argentina. Sarmiento was inspired by his trip to the United States and invested in infrastructure: education, military, communication, and trains. The United States of America used to be a positive inspiration to others. Bringing public education to a country is a wonderful legacy to leave behind. What are we getting? ::shakes head::
Anyways, in the barrio Belgrano (near where we used to live), there is a street - 11 de septiembre - and for the longest time I didn't know what that was in reference to. There are a lot of streets here in Buenos Aires that are named after dates. Other popular names are names of cities and countries in Latin America and people of historical and/or cultural note. I found it a bit disconcerting when we were in Cordoba and the street names were all the same, but the city layout was completely different - plus now there's a Buenos Aires avenue in Cordoba whereas in Buenos Aires there's a Cordoba avenue. It's all [too] [similar]. It took me a while to find out what [the date was referring to]. My best guest (wrong) was that it was in commemoration of the [Chilean coup 1973, when Pinochet took over Allende's democracy]. I couldn't in my life understand why they would have that in mind? Maybe to honor the dead? Plus, that only happened in 1973 and the train station is *much older* as is the street. Finally, a friend told me that Once referred to Sarmiento's death and now I live here and have this incredible view from the rooftop of our apartment building. I get to see the sunset again. I have to say that lifts my soul.
It messes with my head a bit to have September 11 refer to something different than what I experienced back in 2001 in North Carolina. But, I like the Argentine memorial much better. My thoughts are with people who's lives were so horribly wrecked seven years ago and to everyone whose lives were irrevocably touched.
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