2003 - 2004 (Argentina)

Buenos Aires

Photos of Buenos Aires and surrounding environs, including Mataderos and Tigre, from when I was living there in 2003-04. 
General disclaimer: like many things, photography is not a gift nor skill

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Colonia, Uruguay

A fabulous day trip with dear friend to Colonia, Uruguay (45 minutes from Buenos Aires by hydrofoil, and a popular destination for renewing tourist visas).

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Iguazu Waterfalls, Argentina/Brazil

Iguazu's waterfalls are at the tri-border point of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. One fall extends 2 miles in a 270 degree arch. Eleanor Roosevelt, upon seeing them, is rumored to have said: "Oh, poor Niagara."

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Weekend in La Pampa, Argentina

What luck! An invitation from a generous family introduces us to parrilla and estancia-type life in La Pampa, Argentina's flatlands. Finally, some fresh air... though between sing-alongs, serenades, and carnivals, little quiet.   

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Patagonia, Argentina and Chile

Fifteen days busing, boating, jetting, and trekking from Argentina's Ushuaia (the southernmost city in the world) to Torres del Paine national park in Chile. Glaciers, penguins, asados, and many scorched trees. I loved it. 
(Read article for full account of mishaps, adventures, and lessons)  
 

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Mendoza, Argentina

Argentina's capital of wine (and home to the America's largest mountain), Mendoza recently celebrated its "harvest festival": a weekend display of wine, women, and song. Part folkloric reenactment, part beauty pageant, and all surreal. I also took advantage of some winery and vineyard tours, of course.

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Merlo, San Luis, Argentina

The 15,000 residents of Merlo (at the foothills of the sierras in San Luis) are known as "Merliners," an association with magic that I believe is not just coincidental. My patient, charming, gracious friend Carolina not only invited me on this trip-- she won it through a lottery!-- but also put up with my pitiful Spanish. Wonders never cease.

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My Apartment in Buenos Aires

In December I discovered a wonderful apartment in the park/embassy neighborhood known as Palermo (think NYC's upper east side), owned and furnished by an art restorer. It comes fully equipped with everything from garlic press to 1980s era cocktail set.

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Last Weeks in Buenos Aires

How bittersweet! My 2 last weeks in Buenos Aires were busy-- with goodbyes to dear friends, speed walking through the city, canoeing the Parana River, bureaucratic errands, wine tastings, and in general remembering why I came to love Argentina.

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