Spanish word of the day: escritora

Translation: author (who is a woman)

Villa Ocampo is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Argentina. It was the summer home of one Victoria Ocampo, who was a gamechanger for women authors. Not only did she decide to write in a time where it was a job meant for men, but she created amazing works that led to her being known around the world.

Over the years, she befriended various intellectuals, like Jorge Luis Borges, Virginia Woolf, Carl Jung, and Henry Miller, to name a few. She also started an annual journal of sorts for authors to submit short stories, essays, and poetry.

On the site is one of her family homes, which she left to UNESCO in the 70’s. The home holds her collection of books, writings, and photos of her and her esteemed guests, along with the rooms and furniture in tact. Outside, there’s a lovely garden area with geese roaming around.

It was a fun little adventure that taught me a lot about a woman who paved the way for others. If you ever find yourself in San Isidro, Argentina, be sure to check it out.

Published by Maggie Gillich

Class of 2023 Psychology and Spanish Double Major IES Buenos Aires, Argentina

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