So, my proposal is for the Guardian to amend its style guide to discourage the...– Expatriate games | Mind your language - guardian.co.uk Because: I use the term “expat” loosely and often, and this article gave me a lot to think about. The word does indeed tell of a lot more. I think this article is a valuable and important read for any English speaker living in...
Buenos Aires as a European City
Because: More Europe to explore here in Buenos Aires—though this is an older article. The Borges reference about walking the city to “feel” it is perfect, too. PD - Does Buenos Aires really have more theaters than New York City?! Or is this like 9 de Julio, which Argentines will tell you is the widest avenue in the world, but actually isn’t?
..Authors Jorge Luis Borges and Bioy Casares used to walk around it together and...– 5 Curious Stories from the Recoleta Cemetery, via Inside Buenos Aires, the blog of the Buenos Aires Fierro Hotel Because: These stories enhance the haunting beauty of one of my favorite spots in Buenos Aires.
The Barolo tower is just one example of how seriously Buenos Aires takes itself...– Buenos Aires: The Paris of Latin America - Americas, Travel - The Independent Because: Don’t let this article’s terribly malapropos and cliched headline keep you from reading the story. It’s really an excellent, intellectually whimsical piece about touring Buenos Aires’...
Un negocio que queda en casa →
En los últimos años se multiplicó la cantidad de familias argentinas que hospedan a estudiantes del exterior; es ideal para aquellos matrimonios cuyos hijos ya se independizaron Because: This is an interesting article (obviously in Spanish) about the increasing number of porteña families who choose to host foreign students. The article looks at the numbers of the trend, from financial payoffs to...
Life advice: Letter to a younger me →
Try being yourself for a change Stop caring so much about what other people think of you You really don’t need to plan so much Cheer up Etc.. And with heartfelt anecdotes to go along with each bit. Because: As a 22-year-old ‘traveler’ out in the world myself, I took this advice to heart. Advice is a funny concept, though, because no matter how much of it we read or hear, we...
A decade after it defaulted on $95 billion of bonds following a four-year...– No One Cries for Argentina Embracing 25% Inflation of Fernandez - Bloomberg Because: More disheartening Argentine economic news. Keep your fingers crossed…
The Best Obnoxious Responses To Misspellings On... →
Because: If you need a laugh, this is where to get it.
The Straight Dope: What does the filler text... →
Because: You know you’ve always wondered, as have I. Here’s the long of it.
Fidel Castro praises brother amid historic changes →
Because: Change, it’s happening. During my visit to Cuba in March 2010, all of us on the trip could sense fundamental change was imminent, and now it’s all beginning. Cuba-U.S. relations are hugely fascinating to me, and I’m interested to see what happens in the coming months/years. Note: If the Cuba-U.S. history and relationship intrigue you, I highly recommend reading Anne...
Average BA Salary Would Buy 5-Square Foot... →
Because: This just confirms what we all already suspected. I won’t feign extensive knowledge of economics, but this article is a concrete indication that something is very off with the everyday financial underpinnings of life in Buenos Aires. It just doesn’t make sense, and it cannot be sustainable. I sincerely hope something changes before—and I say this with great...
What Lucky People Do Different →
Because: This is what it’s all about. I truly believe you can decide to be lucky, that you can make your luck, solely because every aspect of it is all about perspective. I personally go back and forth between wanting to let luck work itself out, wandering and letting things happen, and then my natural proactive, plan-crazy, go-getter state. I’ve come to realize it’s my very own...
My New Gig
Because: I am now blogging daily once every three weeks (if that makes sense?) for The Passport, BBC Travel’s blog, and sometimes self-promotion is necessary. But really because—and I’m biased, I know—there are some good travel news stories in the round-ups. “Good” meaning they run the gamut from entertaining, interesting and informative to upsetting. One of my favorite...