“Chichina” Ferreyra, the girl from Cordoba (Argentina), with whom 22-year-old Ernesto Che Guevara fell in love in 1950.

Before leaving for his Latin American motorcycle Trip on Jan 1952, Ernesto gave her a gift: a young, wriggly puppy. Ernesto has named the puppy as “Comeback.” Image
Chichina gave Ernesto fifteen American dollars to buy her a scarf when he reached the United States.

For Ernesto, the ensuing romance was serious but Chichina’s family didn’t like him. Ernesto was still in love and nagged by doubts about leaving on the trip. And soon it ended. Image
Before entering Peru, Ernesto was still carrying the fifteen dollars Chichina had given him to buy her a scarf, his friend tried to persuade him to spend it but Ernesto refused. Chichina might have broken up with him, but he was determined to keep his promise.
Ernesto's life changed when he met the workers and indigenous people of Peru. He gave a few dollars to a couple whom he had met on a trip.

Same dollars which he had kept for the scarf.
"Ernesto looked into the star-filled night sky and asked himself if it was worth it to lose Chichina for this trip and his belief. Something in the nocturnal void told him that it was."

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When he returned home after his trip, Ernesto did not try to see Chichina again in Cordoba, but he did send her the scarf. They never met again.

The first 109 pages (Chapter 1-5) of Jon Anderson's Book is about Che Guevara's, his lost love and his trip.

It's Beautiful.
'I Am Not the Person I Was Before' (Chapter 6)

The old Ernesto was dead. His days in Peru and his encounter with the indigenous people had changed him to the core.

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