May 28, 2013
Casa de Ché
While we were in Córdoba we decided to go on a day trip to Alta Gracia. Apart from being a cute little town with Jesuit ruins, Alta Gracia's claim to fame is that it is where Che Guevara lived when he was a child.
Che's old house is now a museum, which hosts many photographs, letters and stories about Che growing up, his family, travels and political ideas. The museum also holds a motorbike the same as the one Che used to travel around South America (aka The Motorcycle Diaries), as well as a gift shop where you can find magnets, mugs, t-shirts and cigars with Che's face on them (commodification of a communist?).
Amongst the folders of letters in Che's house, there is a letter he wrote to his children on 15 February 1966, which gives a touching insight into his beliefs about 'the revolution':
Grow to become good revolutionaries. Study a lot so as to be able to dominate the technique, which allows you to dominate nature. Remember that the revolution is the most important thing, and that each and every one of us, alone, is worth nothing. Above all, always be able to feel in the deepest part of yourselves, any injustice committed to anyone in any part of the world. This is the most beautiful quality in a revolutionary.