During the summers we went to the shore. My grandparents had a wonderful house in Mar del Plata.
After school was done in December (Dec. 21st, 1st day of summer), the baúles (trunks) would get all packed and we would get ready to go for the summer. A company called Rabbione would pick them all up.
I remember being at my grandparents house while everything was getting packed as well. They had lots of trunks. They would take everything since we were there for the whole summer.
They would also take everyone who worked at their house, the cook, the housekeeper and the housemaids. It sounds like Downton Abbey, I said to my mom today. She said “Yes, that’s how it was”. I’m sure it was, but in a much smaller scale. The houses were definitely not as big.
My aunts and uncles would also come. My grandfather, my dad and my uncles had to go to work so they would leave on Mondays and come back on Fridays. They didn’t stay for the whole 3 months like the women did.
I remember that my grandparents bought me a little chair that they always kept there. It was my princess chair. That’s the 1st thing I always looked for as soon as we arrived.
We spend the holidays there and stayed until right before school started in March.
We would all go by train. I recall the name of the train was “Marplatense”. “The Marplatense”. was all silver and had stainless steel wagons. It had air conditioning and an elegant restaurant. It would take us about five hours to get to Mar del Plata. The most fun on the train was the restaurant.
Their house was wonderful. It had beautiful gardens very nicely manicured by the gardener. There were lots of flowers all around and great big trees that we could climb.
I do remember that the kitchen was big and they had a large commercial refrigerator that looked like the photo. The house was always full of people.
This work is part of my Hiraeth (meaning “homesickness”) series.