Post Tagged with: "Argentina"

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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6Mar
2011

Shot of the Week

I couldn’t resist. This camel hails from El Cayafate, a region just outside Salta, in Argentina. –Tara for TKGO

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2Mar
2011

The Bolivian Army

Training recruits, that is. Bolivian army recruits ran through the streets just after sunrise in the border town of Villazón, just steps from Argentina. Everyone pauses to greet them as they jog past. We walked across the border to Villazón before jumping on the train to Uyuni to explore the famous salar, or salt flat. –Tara for TKGO

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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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27Jan
2011

Asado in Ushuaia, Argentina

Before setting off for Antarctica in December 2006, we expeditioners spent a few days in our port city, Ushuaia—the southernmost city in Argentina, and the closest in the world to Antarctica via the Drake Passage. It was here I had my first introduction to a lifelong obsession: the Argentinian asado. The traditional asado is a four-hour method for grilling meat that locks in the succulent flavor and moisture without adding much additional seasoning except salt. Here, they made lamb in […]

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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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19Dec
2010

Shot of the Week

It seems every block in Buenos Aires has small artistic surprises, whether it is a building facade or street art. I had passed this times before, I’m certain, before noticing it last weekend. Stay alert on the streets for art! And sidewalk dog poop. –Karina for TKGO

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24Oct
2010

Shot of the Week

Can’t order a more perfect day than this, I think. This photo is from my first visit to the Plaza de Mayo, the center of political life in Buenos Aires. The Casa Rosada, which houses the president’s offices, is at the base of the photo somehow looking like it’s on a slant. (It isn’t in real life.) –Karina for TKGO

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24Oct
2010

Welcome to my Neighborhood

I currently am writing this post from Baraka, a bustling café in my current corner of the world, the neighborhood of Palermo. Palermo is one of the most populous and largest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires; it’s also considered one of the most well-to-do (especially the subsection of Palermo Chico) and trendiest areas. Parks and plazas, designer stores, restaurants with coveted dinner reservations, art galleries, boliches (clubs) with long lines and cafés prime for people-watching fill Palermo. I technically live in […]

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