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11Mar
2011

Buenos Aires Carnaval Murgas and Corsos

This year was an important one for Carnaval in Argentina. In 1976, the Argentine military dictatorship, the same one responsible for the country’s devastating Dirty War during which thousands disappeared, eliminated the nationwide Monday and Tuesday Carnaval holidays. La Presidenta Cristina Kirchner re-instituted them as public holidays at the end of 2010 to take effect this year, so March 7 and 8 were days off. Party! Below is a clip of the Palermo corso, complete with murga, that took place […]

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10Mar
2011

Carnaval in Buenos Aires

The world’s biggest party — Carnaval — culminated and concluded Tuesday. While Rio is the number one Carnaval destination, Argentina throws some serious celebrations of its own, from non-stop Gualeguaychu madness to dances in the streets of Buenos Aires. The Carnaval celebrations in Buenos Aires consist of murgas and corsos. The corsos are the parades, and murga refers to the art, or the song and dance, and the community-based groups that perform it. The celebrations are a mix of loud […]

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4Feb
2011

Gauchos in Argentina

The above video is a performance at Rodizio Campo in Luján, Argentina. As I mentioned in the last post, estancias in Argentina pay homage to the gaucho lifestyle and culture in Argentina. Gauchos, which are something of a bygone character (19th century was their heyday; sorry, guys) was the name give to the horse-riding residents of the pampas, the grassy plains in South America. The gaucho can be considered the Argentine equivalent of the American cowboy, (or vice versa) and […]

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24Jan
2011

What Argentines Love

Argentines do enjoy their red wine and steak. Many do tote around their mate gourds and thermoses and, for a night out, will mix up Fernet and Cokes. Perhaps a couple Argentines can slide through a few tango steps. Some of the stereotypes of this country can be true, same as for any other country or culture. What I am always drawn to discovering when somewhere new is the more nuanced cultural affinities of the place; things beyond what first […]

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23Jan
2011

Shot of the Week

This shot comes by way of my sister, who returned just days ago from a two-week trip through Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. One of the most stunning vistas, she said, came from this viewpoint over Halong Bay, Vietnam, about two hours from Hanoi. Junks haul tourists on two-day cruises through the towering islands, where monkeys swing on branches hundreds of feet overhead and rivers have carved caves perfect for kayaking excursions. –Tara and Olivia for TKGO

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5Jan
2011

Advice for Traveling by Bus, Ferry, Plane in Argentina

A few days after getting back from Punta del Diablo, I turned around and headed south to spend Christmas week in Patagonia’s Lake District. I definitely was excited for both trips, but I didn’t really know what to expect, especially regarding transportation logistics. I had my fingers crossed tickets, buses, connections and ferries would work out. I felt more uncertain than I usually do when traveling because when researching for both vacations, I had some difficulty finding helpful (English-language) planning […]

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17Dec
2010

SantaCon 2010: Christmas Anarchy in New York City

I don’t like the holidays. But I have finally found a reason to enjoy the entire month of December, and it has everything to do with the worldwide phenomenon known as SantaCon. My SantaCon New York began at 9 a.m., when I met two friends in Union Square, pulled a santa suit over my clothes in the middle of the park and headed to the nearest subway stop. Between these activities, the three of us were stopped by a group […]

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9Dec
2010

Joining a Gym in Buenos Aires

Between all  the delicious food I expected to be consuming regularly — empanadas, helado and choripan to name a few — and being accustomed to regular sweat sessions in the U.S., I knew I would need to find a gym in Buenos Aires. I had heard less than stellar reports about gyms in the city, but I held out hope. My elliptical-ized, Body Pump salvation came in the form of Always Club, (as the Argentines pronounce it, “Aaaahl-weys”) a very […]

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13Nov
2010

Buenos Aires Schedule

Along with the adjusting to new languages, foods and customs traveling often requires, it is also common to have to adopt a new day-to-day schedule. If you are American and traveling in Italy, as my family was this past summer, you might be craving heaps of pasta at 7 p.m., but the restaurants won’t be serving for at least another hour and a half. The owners and their family are eating now before opening! The Buenos Aires schedule is in […]

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