Because: I love BA Cast, and loved it even before...
It all started with this article, “Cracking the New York Times Popularity Code” Because: As a blogger and someone always trying to play catch-up/get-ahead with social media, the concept of “going viral” fascinates me. That made me sound like a grandma. Then that lead me to check out the most popular articles on NYTimes.com today, which I don’t always think reflect...
MOM: You left your phone on the counter!!!!!!– WHEN PARENTS TEXT: That Helps. Because: I recently discovered this gem of an iteration of a texting-based blog. It is so sweetly funny and reminds me of about every text I have gotten from my parents, which have not ended just because I am in Argentina. For that, I am grateful to Google Voice. ...
"Villa Soldati - Are You Watching?"
The BA Expats forum is exploding with comments, insight and opinions on a clash between residents of one of the more oppressed areas of Buenos Aires and the government, with possible narco trafficker involvement, or perhaps at the prodding of rival politicians, as the residents (many of whom are Bolivian immigrants) squat and try to claim park lots as rightfully theirs. People have died, the area...
Pitchfork Reviews Reviews: the documentary... →
Because: For some reason, this touched me more than any piece of writing I’ve read in a while. All day I have not been able to shake the feeling I got while reading it; this odd mix of equal parts melancholy and happiness. I think that also had to do with the fact that it was gloomy and rainy earlier today, and I had to keep reading people’s status updates about snow in the U.S. I...
"No Means Maybe": Insight Regarding Argentine Men →
Because: How things work here, including and especially regarding men, is unlike anywhere else in the world. For better or worse; we shall see. (Some attribute this — the complexes? — to the fact that one-third of this country’s population regularly sees a psychiatrist. It’s the highest percentage worldwide.) This is a city where common phrases including, “I’ll call you,”...
Kirchner’s health condition exacerbates, and perhaps helps define,...– THE K-STYLE OF POLITICS Wikileaks cable Because: It is fascinating information, even more so because the cable is from 2006 and does a bit of predicting, and because ex-Pres Kirchner passed away about a month ago. And are you kidding me with that in-depth IBS analysis? Also, people here are not...
The first-ever game of college football was in NJ
It went down in Princeton, NJ. Because: One of my roommates is a huge fan of college football (and similarly, also is a former Northwestern dancer) and has seriously been missing the season. We’ve filled the hole with attendance at rugby games (boys be fine) down here and even the Argentine polo championship, but she still misses. Why I really read it, though, is because I saw the name of...
Punta del Diablo →
Because: I’m traveling to Punta del Diablo, Uruguay in two weeks and thrilled about it, even though up until a couple of weeks ago I knew almost nothing about Uruguay’s beaches.
From 2006: Travelers Are Heading to Buenos Aires... →
Because: Apparently, 2006 was the year U.S. media decided Americans moving to Buenos Aires was an official trend and wrote about it. This piece is interesting to read and compare with the 2006 New York Magazine piece, which focuses more on moneyed New Yorker expats, and of course, to compare with my current BsAs perceptions and insight. Four years in Argentina time is like four decades in the...
For an enterprising young American woman, starting... →
Because: I love stories of successful expats in Buenos Aires and because I might have a future in the leather business…
What's the deal with Buenos Aires?
Argentina’s capital is overhyped, overcrowded and terrifically annoying. It also might be one of the best places you’ll ever visit What I have come to understand is that in Buenos Aires, it is not necessarily about what you see, it’s about what you don’t. Buenos Aires is a feeling, a state of mind. While it may be not be a terrifically satisfying city to strike out...
For New Yorkers, the draw is particularly strong. “I find Buenos Aires to be as...– http://nymag.com/guides/changeyourlife/16047/ Because: I always thought post-graduation I would end up living in New York. Plus, this article made me feel justified about my goals, motives and all-around current state of being. (Even though this is from 2006.)
Case for a 20-Something Moving Abroad →
Because: Explains how I ended up in Buenos Aires