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Argentina, Mixed Bag

Nuts and Bolts

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

I walk outside to find a couple nuts and bolts I need. I have the measurement, so it should be no problem. First of all, I am disappointed to be told that in Spanish there is no word for bolt, just a big screw. I guess that the phrase “nuts and bolts” only works in […]

Mixed Bag, Soft

Facebook Kills Privacy (but that’s ok)

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

The other day, without realizing it, my own father changed the way we communicate forever. Actually I was an accomplice in this, as I accepted his friend request on Facebook. I love Facebook now, but didn’t start out that way. I was hesitant at first to join in after spending plenty of time with Friendster, […]

Argentina, Mixed Bag, Soft

The Fight for Change

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

In Argentina, the change you have in your pocket is sacred. That’s because there just aren’t enough coins. Anytime you make a purchase, the merchant will infallibly try their best to wrest that last 50 centavos or one-peso coin remaining in your pocket. Waiters will forgo getting a tip in order to avoid giving you […]

Argentina, Mixed Bag

The Plastification of Buenos Aires

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

One of the things about the city of Buenos Aires that appeals to me is how the city retains an individual character. In many cities I see a homogenization taking place. New York is a prime example, in that since the Guliani and Bloomberg administrations took hold, the city has not only gotten safer on […]

Argentina, Mixed Bag

Traveling through Entre Ríos, JaJaJaJa, Itá Ibaté, Pato Chaco, Pato Macho, Chori Pato, Healing Waters, and Helping-Each-Other-Out-to-the-Tune-of-100-Pesos (or 110)

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

We have just arrived safely in Buenos Aires. Thursday before last, my boyfriend Guille (Guillermo) and I set out to visit his friend Pato who lives in the province of Chaco. We call her “Pato Chaco” so as not to confuse her with my friend Pato, who we refer to as “Pato Macho.” He’s hardly […]

Argentina, Mixed Bag

Telerman Invades Buenos Aires

Monday, May 28th, 2007

This is the current chief of the government of Buenos Aires, and he is running for re-election. At first these ads seemed a mistake, but now I see that they are a strategy. (Photo by Katarina.) See the entire photo gallery.

Argentina, Mixed Bag

Macri Declares, La Nelly Responds

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

I saw this image played all over the news channels last week, and then in the newspapers. My proficiency in the language is not so great that I could understand it all, but figured it was politics as usual here. Mauricio Macri was announcing his candidacy for the head of Buenos Aires in the coming […]