Posts tagged Argentina
Posts tagged Argentina
The afternoon sauntered on, and even by 3:30 most of the tables were still filled, customers lingering over coffee or, in the case of the couple behind us, a bottle of champagne. Toward the end of the meal, Ramon Couñago, Sabot’s owner for the past 41 years, joined us. “Ninety percent of my guests come here to talk business,” he said. “No one eats for less than two hours. Sometimes coffee can last an hour alone!”
Because: This piece is an intoxicating read about one of the cultural characteristics I love most about Buenos Aires: how people take their time—as much as possible, as much as they want—to enjoy their meals. Two days after this was published I participated in this classic ritual with a two-plus hour work lunch at Cabaña Las Lilas (highly recommend the place, by the way) in riverside Puerto Madero. At the end of it I biked slowly back home in the Friday sun, fully sated and slightly, delightfully bleary-eyed from the whole steak-and-potatoes-and-four-courses-more ordeal. There’s nothing quite like lunch in Buenos Aires.
Most countries abandon leaders with physical or emotional weakness. In Argentina, it’s the other way around.
Because: This is an astute look at the current reigning, but fast falling ill, political party through the lens of sickness in Argentina.
Because: Granted this is based off only about three years in Buenos Aires, but the art of the asado (Argentine barbecue) seems to me to still be very much beloved and closely followed. I am going to employ the characteristic Argentine enthused passion and say: The asado is family, friends and life in Argentina!
Because: This is a fascinating, important campaign out of a country I find rife with societal paradoxes when it comes to the treatment and perception of women in society, and particularly how that relates/affects to women’s rights.
Because: This perhaps was worded unwisely, but it’s like, you wouldn’t take offense to this unless you were already hyper self-conscious about the subject.
Because:This video is from a friend of friends who used to live down here in Argentina (and actually started the Buenos Aires Pub Crawl). It’s simple, funny, astute and his accent is impeccable.
Because: Everyone I told of the incident, shall we say, when Argentina was holding all foreign publications at Customs, preventing them from entering the country, was shocked something like that was transpiring here. Well, look at what is happening in the U.S. We shout and brag a lot about our freedom, but what how does that reality break down? We have more than a few thinly veiled ways or policies, institutionalized, to hold ourselves or others back.
Because: I’m not trying to be dramatic, but I immediately thought of Cuba and the government-imposed travel restrictions on residents. Many Argentines I know love to travel and use their generous holidays to do so.
Because: Any Argentine over the age of 11 already has suffered from a crisis that slashed their (or their family’s) savings. They don’t deserve to go through it all over again.
Because: Hmm. I agree credit should be given where credit is due. In the interviews I conducted for my last Businessweek piece, everyone did say the Argentine economy was doing pretty well, especially in comparison with the rest of the world, but there were all these exasperated-sounding comments about how it could be doing so much better. I think it’s like that kid who never applied himself in school growing up. You can say “you could do so well if you applied yourself,” but, if you don’t, you don’t.