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Note: The following posts are parts from a 45 page journal entry (in word 23 pages), I wrote while in Buenos Aires. The entries were written during my first three days in the city. I had a rough start but by the end of my trip all was ok. However, my final thoughts about my destiny with the city in part 8 still stand true.

P.S. I am including a soundtrack with each post. All the songs are from my “The Return to Buenos Aires” playlist. I hope you enjoy!

Here is part eight of the epic journal entry. Don’t forget to read Pt 7 before you read any further.

8/23/12

Wendy and I broke the sad news that it was our time to part from the group. With great reluctance, they were sad to see us go and tried to make us stay. I gave each of them a warm hug as they made sure to give me their contact information so that I wouldn’t lose touch with them. Danijela told me that she thought what I was doing was amazing and inspiring. Cierrah expressed similar thoughts and shared a story about how sometimes people ask to take pictures with her because she is a black girl in Buenos Aires. She told me a girl once said, “We don’t see a lot of people like you.” Ah, another thing that has not changed.

I said one last goodbye, promising them I would add them all to Facebook the next day. I may have inspired them but little did they know, along with Wendy, they provided me with the greatest gifts anyone can give a writer: motivation and inspiration. They restored it in me and gave me the power to finish the job I started. As I retreated to the door with Wendy, I took one last glance at them. As I watched them laughing with each other, drinks in hand, young and just beginning their Buenos Aires journeys, I saw myself with my friends, five years ago, reflected in the very spot they stood. And in that moment, I realized with finality, that at its core, Buenos Aires had not changed at all—I did.

I am not the same girl I was five years ago. I’m confident, liberated from heartbreak, and I am a hard working independent woman on my own. There is nothing left for Buenos Aires to teach me anymore. My story has already been told in this city, the chapter already written. My story is still relevant and being recycled into new stories, experienced by the next generation. Being black in Buenos Aires is an experience and theme that bounds us all and remains timeless.

“Hola, Morocha” will be my official fare well to the city, a sort of bitter sweet swan song. I owe it to my beautiful experience that spring and summer of 07/08. And to the next Morocha, arriving in Buenos Aires for the first time, lost and bewildered. Whether “Hola, Morocha” becomes the beloved dog eared copy of one or thousands, I owe it to the two things above to make sure the story is told.

The End

12 Comments

  1. angelqt says:

    I LOVE this conclusion, because I completely understand where you are coming from! Felt the same way after returning from Spain after my time there undergrad, and had a feeling that you would arrive at this conclusion. 😉 Great to see how much you can grow, and indeed important to share your story with others as the time goes on. Thanks for telling it! 🙂

    • Jennifer says:

      Thanks, Angela!!! Nice to know someone else had experienced the same thing. I find comfort in knowing it’s not just me. Thank you for continuing to listen to my stories! Each ear gives me a voice. :0)

  2. Yes, I concur with Angelqt. My sister and I are going to Italy for the second time, with similar stops in Florence and Rome. I wonder how I’ll feel this time around? I, too, was dealing with heartbreak and a broken marriage engagement during my first visit. I pray I’ve grown in the three years since, and will take in more of the language and culture this go around.

    • Jennifer says:

      Wow! I’m looking forward to reading your posts about your return to Italy. I have no doubt you have grown. You are working on so many things and you are a business owner with great things ahead. Enjoy yourself! You deserve a good time and a treat for all the things you have accomplished and will accomplish! :0)

  3. I absolutely loved reading about your journey! I’m so proud of you sis and can’t wait to see Hola Morocha as a book! xoxo

    • Jennifer says:

      Aaaaaaw! Girl you are going to make me cry!!!!!!! Thank you so much for reading!!! I’m glad you enjoyed! I can’t wait to read a book from you in the future too! So start writing!!!!!! xoxoxo

  4. What a wonderful journey! Can’t wait to read the book my dear! So proud of you!

  5. Hope your book will become dogeared from overuse by thousands!

  6. Sierra says:

    I’m not sure if you still read comments, but I am so so happy to have found your blog. I’ll be interning in BA for the Winter (their summer) and while I am extremely excited, warnings from administration about actions toward Black women has made me nervous too. I’m the only Black person in my cohort from school, so any piece of enlightenment helps tremendously as you may guess. If you have any updated information or anything, I would love to read and connect with!!

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