Posts tagged Argentina
Posts tagged 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.
Because: Here’s my latest article for Businessweek. It includes a number of wild and close to unbelievable bits, ie the book situation.
Because: This article was published the day I left for Mendoza. I thought it portended good things to come on my own 2.5-day trip, and that expectation proved to the truest.
On to how our travel itinerary ended up overlapping with The New York Times’ authority. I had already booked a reservation at 1884 in advance, like months in advance because I knew I did not want to miss it, originally for two people and finally for 6 as our trip grew. We ordered the seven-hours-grilled lamb—it did fall apart at the touch of a fork. (Also, the marscapone and pumpkin ravioli: highly recommended. Also highly recommended: everything else.) We visited the Plaza Independencia, where we took pictures in front of a lit-up sign, something that looked like it could be the crest of the City of Mendoza, and one passer-by shouted at us, “You’re from Buenos Aires, aren’t you?” (Yes! Kind of. Sí!) We had stopped there before heading to
gamble lose money at the Park Hyatt, where we incidentally met the owners of Vines of Mendoza at the craps table. The bikes we rented to pedal to Maipú wineries, one of which was a tandem bike as the fleet was depleted by the time we arrived, were from Mr. Hugo’s, not Bikes and Wine, and he was the most gregarious of hosts (read: free wine), with his home/the rental space turning into the most happening happy hour in Mendoza around dusk when everyone returned with their bikes.
What I think this piece sorely missed? Bodega Septima, where I snapped the above photo. Now you see where I’ve been mentally since returning to Buenos Aires on Monday.