Nostalgia Revisited – A Buenos Aires Journal and Notebook

Facebook reminded me this morning that four years have passed since I published this post, Leaving Nostalgia Behind – a Buenos Aires Notebook, as I was departing the Argentine capital. I was barely a week into a trip that was to last 18 months. I had no idea at the time that illness would cut it short after eight, but hey, at least I can say, that I survived Hepatitis A.

At the risk of sounding and being repetitive: I mentioned a little over a week ago that that unceremonious four-year anniversary inspired me to once again kickstart a book manuscript idea that propelled much of that trip, which made this morning’s Facebook-inspired nostalgia all the more nostalgic, circling all the way back to a post that even had that word in its title.

I’m not big on rereading things I’ve written in the past. Most writers aren’t. We’re all our own worst enemy when it comes to scrutinizing old work. Poorly developed metaphors, cliches and outright mistakes pound down like a stabbing, jabbing rain –much like that trite forced simile. Rereading this was no exception.

But I was also surprised to find that I didn’t even hate it all that much, given what it was: a fairly rushed 2,000 word post cobbled together from some notebook entries and posted here for a few hundred people to read before I moved on to the next destination.

I experimented with many style variations that year both on the blog and elsewhere, and like at least parts of this one. Content-wise too I’m fairly pleased, four years on, that I didn’t succumb to presenting this as a crap travel blog-style list dripping with superficial observations, ludicrous platitudes or the forced ‘selling’ of a destination.

So I ask a favor.

If you missed it, I’d really appreciate it if you took a few minutes to give it a read and then let me know what think in the comments, either there or here. It’s not really the draft form that will wind up in the manuscript, and is missing many elements that I’ll be including, interviews and personal encounters among them. But it’s got the makings of a voice that I like — which doesn’t necessarily mean that others do or will.

Thanks!

 

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For the record, today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 1,123rd straight, was snapped in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 22 January 2013.

 

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  1. Mick Canning says

    Well, I like how it reads. I know that’s more taste than constructive criticism, but it was easy to read and informative, without attempting to overload the reader with facts. And you respected Borges, so that’s good, too!

    1. Bob R says

      Thanks Mick — appreciate the feedback.

  2. Manja Mexi Movie says

    I gave it a read and it’s above worthwhile, like most of what you write. I find it amusing how you ask for opinions even though you like it yourself yet. 🙂 Isn’t that a sure sign already?

    I haven’t visited the southern hemisphere yet but Buenos Aires is a strong candidate. If I ever run out of Italy…

    1. Bob R says

      Thanks for taking the time, much appreciated. Whether I like something or not doesn’t mean others do or will; so seeking some occasional input is always helpful. At least for me. 🙂

  3. Les Petits Pas de Juls says

    Always interesting to read old stuff! specially about a city like BA! Melancholy can grab us back when reading those oldest posts but I enjoy going back in time sometimes.
    Thanks for taking us back today!

  4. capejohn says

    I enjoyed the story. You use the technique of using the first paragraph to introduce an item “Of the Port” for example, to describe it fully, and leave it up to the reader to decide if they want finer details. As to the Obleisco. I was told it was build to prevent 747’s from landing on the Avenue. It is wide enough for sure.

    p.s.I looked back on my post from our holiday in 2010 and am going to post it on my site. Funny how by just reading your blog all these good memories came flooding back. Funny how these things work.

    1. Bob R says

      Excellent – looking forward to checking it out.

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