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Artisan Beer in Argentina

It was only around 30 years ago that one of Argentina’s bigger industries developed quietly along the relaxed and sun soaked slopes on the Eastern edge of the Andes mountains. It started small but this new industry of wine grew to a point in which today, it is enjoyed by ... read more

Brian Funk

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River Plate the Fall of an Empire

The news of River Plate soccer club´s descent for the first time in the club´s history from Argentina´s A division shocked the country and the soccer world in general when the team lost the tie breaker game with a team from the B division Belgrando from Cordoba.  The game ended ... read more

Brian Funk

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Episode Three - Vieytes Tango.

In the third episode of Music World, we are in for a little treat. I present to you Vieytes Tango, a young trio who I’ve invited to perform in my San Telmo loft for a variety of American study abroad students and Argentine musicians. I met Vieytes Tango a few nights earlier at the Milonga ... read more

Oresti Tsonopoulos

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Yerba Mate with Mariano.

I’ve decided to create little features between episodes of Music World called “extras.” These will take you further into the culture of the region I’m exploring, beyond the music alone. In the first Music World extra, I’m with Orquesta Astillero bandoneon player Mariano González, learning the steps behind the preparation of mate, a ... read more

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Episode Two - Julieta Laso.

In the second episode of Music World, we continue further into the tango renaissance of Buenos Aires and meet actress-turned-singer Julieta Laso. Accompanied by guitarists from Cuarteto La Púa, Julieta performed an enchanting set at the Galpón Multiespacio, a new venue in the San Cristobal neighborhood of Buenos Aires. After enjoying some Malbec, a ... read more

Oresti Tsonopoulos

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Debut Episode - La Rantifusa.

Allow me to introduce Music World, my concept for a travel show that connects you to a variety of music and culture from around the world. The debut episode, “La Rantifusa,” takes us through the streets of San Telmo, a neighborhood of Buenos Aires where every Sunday, there is a ... read more

Oresti Tsonopoulos

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Picture Update! Miscellaneous Buenos Aires

Glimpse finally decided to let me upload pictures....this is just sort of a mishmash of pictures I've taken since being here.   --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Museo Historico Sarmiento: Named for Domingo Faustino Sarmiento (Argentine President between 1868-1879). Sarmiento is considered the 'Benjamin Franklin' of Argentina; from humble beginnings he became one of ... read more

Frankie DiCiaccio

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Being a Green Argentine

BEING A GREEN ARGENTINE This post was intended to begin “This past weekend…”, as I was planning on posting it last weekend (around the 18th of August, referring to Saturday the 15th). However, thanks to a busying schedule and then a bacterial infection, it was postponed. No worries – amoxicilina, ... read more

Frankie DiCiaccio

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The week my STUDY abroad began

This past week classes started (well....most of them...) Coming here, I knew that I would be studying at various universities, but I was not really sure what to expect as far as which ones, how far they were from one another or from my apartment, what kind of transportation was ... read more

Frankie DiCiaccio

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Picture Update: The Neighborhood

Inspired by cousin JJ, I hit the streets for a few hours today to take some pictures of my neighborhood (Belgrano - can be seen on this map of Buenos Aires - http://www.mapsofworld.com/argentina/buenos-aires-city-map.html).  Enjoy! Normal.dotm 0 0 1 2 Northwestern University 1 1 2 12.0 0 false 18 pt 18 pt ... read more

Frankie DiCiaccio

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Week one!

Hi guys!  This blog has been 'in-process' for a while now, but with orientation and learning about my surroundings and trying to catch up on some sleep, there just didn't seem to be enough time to sit and make it happen. Anyway,  it's Saturday morning (...at least, for 18 more ... read more

Frankie DiCiaccio

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How to Ride the Bus in Buenos Aires

One of the most useful sources for travelers and locals alike in Buenos Aires is a bus guide called Guia T. This transit guide lists every bus throughout the city and to certain parts of the province, complete with grid maps and all. However, this guide can be quite limited ... read more

Jon Brandt

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Oh, Buenos Aires

  The Obelisk at Night   Someone asked me to contribute something to one of their travel blogs about the good and bad in Buenos Aires, so I thought I might as well post it on my own as well: Parque de la flor Oh Buenos Aires.  A place unlike any ... read more

Vina Rathbon

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Genesis

   I wake up at the piercing sound of my cheap cell phone alarm.A little light transpires through my red curtains and paints the walls in a warm pink light. My divinely cozy down-comforter begs me to press snooze, and how can I refuse its offer of warmth on a cold ... read more

Vina Rathbon

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Argentina's History and My Future, Together At Last

Part I Signs of history and class differences are all over Buenos Aires, and all you have to do is step outside to see them in front of you. Yesterday my friend Pablo helped me move a few bags to my new apartment in Recoleta, though I won’t be moving ... read more

Jon Brandt

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As far north as Jujuy

I’ve learned to take the tour guide’s advice. When he says, “Buy some coca leaves”, do. You probably will need them later. I bought a small bag of the green leaves, just before we left the town and I was grateful for them once we began climbing the altiplano. Jujuy ... read more

Audrey Bergner

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Double-Barrelled Packing

I'm sitting in my room now and it's nearly empty. There are still the paintings on the wall that my roommate made, but my maps of Buenos Aires and Argentina are down. Most of my clothes are either packed up or at the laundromat. A suitcase lies opened and nearly ... read more

Jon Brandt

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A Note on the Style of Night Life in Buenos Aires

People think of Argentinians as very fashionable, and justly so. Walking through the Microcentro during the say, one finds high powered businessmen and women bustling about, wearing the latest fashions. There is a certain air carried by so many here, with the large sunglasses covering the face up and the ... read more

Jon Brandt

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Stuck in the Middle

Last night I went out with my friends Dan and Valerie, meeting up with a couple of Dan's students and their friends. Though the final destination was to be a house party in a residential neighborhood far away (I eventually hitch-hiked home at 5:30 am), we first went to the ... read more

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Books

Don't buy new books in Buenos Aires.

Julie Turkewitz

24 Jun 2009

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Buenos Aires is pure temptation for book lovers. Glossy new books practically spill out of stores on Santa Fe and Corrientes, and you can't get off a colectivo without seeing yet another bookstore. But literature nerds: Don't purchase those unread books. Save your pesos for something even better -- BA's healthy used book business. If you are into low prices and dusty pages, head to a great no-name place at the corner of Corrientes and Rodriguez Pena. Or, if you have some time, take the the A subway and get off at Acoyte. You'll find a great plaza with tons of used book stores and plenty of salesman happy to discuss their favorite works.

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Getting Around

Get your Guia-T

Julie Turkewitz

30 May 2009

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This is important for getting around Buenos Aires: Pick up a Guia-T. This pocket-sized mapbook includes all subway lines and all (300+) bus lines, as well a detailed index of city streets. Unlike an enormous map, it won’t make you look like a tourist when you whip it out on Avenida de Mayo. It’s saved me on more than one occasion. Of course, deciphering the complicated way to use the guide is another story, but for that you can ask a local.

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Festivals & Events

Getting the "in" on cultural activities in Buenos Aires

Julie Turkewitz

30 Jun 2009

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Buenos Aires is so full of concerts, art exhibits, dance shows, and fairs that choosing a cultural activity can be overwhelming. One way to get the "in" on weekly activities is to sign up for the city government's "Cultura en la Semana" listserv. Send an email to laculturaenlasemana@buenosaires.gov.ar, requesting to be a part of the e-mail list, and you'll start getting regular updates about annual festivals, free tango shows, new exhibits at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, and more.

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Culture Shock

“¿Tú?” Who?

Julie Turkewitz

25 Apr 2009

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This might come as a shock to anyone who visits Argentina and attempts to use his or her high school Spanish: Unlike most Spanish speakers, Argentines do not use “tú” to refer to “you.” Instead, they use the word “vos,” and change the conjugation of several present tense verbs. “Tu tienes,” for examples, becomes “vos tenés,” while “tu quieres” becomes “vos querés,” and “tu eres,” becomes “vos sos.” Keep in mind that “vos” (“you”) is not the same as “vosotros” (“you all”), a form commonly used in Spain.

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Must Do

Don't miss La Bomba de Tiempo

Julie Turkewitz

30 Jun 2009

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If you are in Buenos Aires, absolutely do not miss La Bomba de Tiempo, an enormous weekly drum show at an outdoor cultural space called Ciudad Cultural Konex. Particularly in the summer, the show gets packed with locals and tourists looking to let loose and dance. Shows are on Mondays, admission is 15 pesos (less than $4 U.S.), and doors open at 7 p.m. I recommend arriving early, or you will have to wait in line. Check out details here: http://www.labombadetiempo.blogspot.com.

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Etiquette

Kiss just once

Julie Turkewitz

25 Apr 2009

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I learned this the hard way: In Spain, everyone greets each other with two kisses – but in Argentina, it’s just one. If you are leaning in for that second kiss while the other person pulls away, your lips will inevitably land on those of the friend, colleague, or stranger you are greeting. Awkwardness will ensue.

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Food

It's okay to eat Pancho!

Jon Brandt

04 Oct 2009

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If you've been around Latin America, you know that "Pancho" is a nickname for someone named Francisco. However, in Argentina, Pancho is the word used for hot dogs. No one calls them "perros calientes" or "hoht dohgs". So don't get too confused or worried when someone asks you if you want to eat Pancho.

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Health

How to get vaccinated for free

Julie Turkewitz

28 Jun 2009

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Keep in mind that if you are in Argentina and want to travel to Bolivia, you'll need to get a vaccine against yellow fever. If you don't want to shell out the 100 pesos for the vaccine -- that's almost $30 U.S. -- you can head to a free clinic at Avenida Ingeniero Huergo 690. The staff there does the vaccine without charge, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. I showed up at 9:45 a.m. and was done by 10:30 a.m. Good luck!

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Slang

Two resources that will help you speak like an Argentine

Julie Turkewitz

28 Jun 2009

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Argentine slang sent me into a tizzy when I first arrived here, and it still continues to confuse me. If you're wandering the streets of Buenos Aires and don't understand anyone, pick up a copy of "Che, Boludo" at any bookstore -- it's a mini-dictionary of local phrases and will entertain you for hours. Another great resource is this online dictionary: http://argentineslang.wordpress.com/l/.

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Nightlife

No drinking the night before an election

Julie Turkewitz

28 Jun 2009

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Here's something handy (and interesting): In Argentina, it is illegal to sell alcohol the night before an election. The idea is that politicians want the electorate to head to the polls with clear heads. Technically, grocery stores, kiosks and bars stop selling in the early evening, and discoteques just don't open. Of course, compliance with the law is spotty, and you shouldn't have trouble ordering alcohol at a restaurant -- just ask your waiter to dress your drink as a soda or a smoothie.

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Being an American

You’re not the only American here

Julie Turkewitz

25 Apr 2009

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Referring to yourself as an “American” in South America is tricky. Most U.S. citizens learn to identify themselves simply as “American,” with the understanding that this communicates they are from the United States. But remember that a Mexican, Chilean, Argentine – really anyone from North or South America – is also an American. While some Latin Americans freely use “americano” to specify a U.S. citizen, others think using the term in this way implies a certain arrogance. To avoid appearing socially unaware, just skip the word altogether. You can use “estadounidense” to describe yourself.

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