Rachel and Argentina
Rachel loved Buenos Aires. She loved its endless movement, its wonderful restaurants and its elegant cafes. She was passionate about dulce de leche and bife de chorizo, the movie houses and theaters of the calle Corrientes, the artisanal feria of Plaza Francia. At sixteen she discovered the excitement of clubs that opened at midnight and closed as the sun rose. She made many friends at high school and among her parents’ Argentine friends.
Rachel’s passion for Argentina was evident in her classes, where she studied the country’s turbulent social and political history as well as its rich cultural and literary traditions, ranging from the 19th century gaucho in Domingo Sarmiento and José Hernández, to the defense of the rights of women in Juana Manuela Gorriti, Alfonsina Storni and Eva Perón, all the way to the cosmopolitan writings of Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar. Rachel enriched her classes immeasurably with her exceptional ability with Spanish, her keen sensibility for poetic language and her timely sense of humor. She exemplified the idea of learning as a shared endeavor through her enthusiasm for the exchange of ideas and lively debate.
Rachel lived her life by seizing each day. She said it best in her own words, and we include them here: