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Favorite thing: Inspired, controversial, the Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) is one of the best in Spanish language. He wrote short stories, essays and poetry; some of his works are "Universal history of infamy", "Anthology of fantastic literature" and "Fictions".
Genial, polémico, el escritor argentino Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) es uno de los mejores en lengua española. Escribió cuentos, ensayo y poesía; algunas de sus obras son "Historia universal de la infamia", "Antología de la literatura fantástica" y "Ficciones".
Written Feb 27, 2004
Favorite thing: Atahualpa Yupanqui (Héctor Chavero) was a composer, guitar player, singer, writer; he is the most outstanding folklore musician of Argentina. He was born in 1908 and died in 1992.
Atahualpa Yupanqui (Héctor Chavero) fue compositor, guitarrista, cantante, escritor; es el más destacado folklorista argentino, sin dudas. Nació en 1908 y falleció en 1992.
Fondest memory: Porque no engraso los ejes
me llaman abandonao ...
Si a mí me gusta que suenen,
¿pa' qué los quiero engrasaos?
Es demasiado aburrido
seguir y seguir la huella,
demasiao largo el camino
sin nada que me entretenga.
No necesito silencio,
yo no tengo en qué pensar.
Tenía, pero hace tiempo,
ahura ya no pienso más.
Los ejes de mi carreta
nunca los voy a engrasar ..."
(Los ejes de mi carreta)
Updated Feb 27, 2004
Favorite thing: Astor Piazzolla (1921 - 1992) was born in Mar del Plata (Provinica de Buenos Aires); he spent his childhood in New York, where he began to study piano and bandoneón (large accordion). Back in Argentina in 1937, he started his brilliant career as large accordion player and tango composer. His unusual talent soon started a controversy: "That is not tango!" Nowadays, his stroke of genius is well known, and his masterpieces like "Libertango", "Adiós Nonino", "Balada para un loco", "María de Buenos Aires", and much more, are a pleasure for the spirit.
Astor Piazzolla (1921 - 1992) nació en Mar del Plata (Provinica de Buenos Aires); pasó su infancia en Nueva York, en donde comenzó a estudiar piano y bandoneón. De vuelta en Argentina en 1937, comenzó su brilante carrera como bandoneonista y compositor de tango. Su talento inusual pronto despertó la polémica: "¡Eso no es tango!" En la actualidad, su genialidad es bien conocida, y sus obras maestras como "Libertango", "Adiós Nonino", "Balada para un loco", "María de Buenos Aires", y muchas más, son un placer para el espíritu.
Written Feb 27, 2004
Favorite thing: Ernesto Sábato was born in Rojas, Provincia de Buenos Aires in 1911; he began to study Physical-Mathematics Sciences 1928. In Paris, in 1936 he wrote his first novel "La fuente muda" (The dumb fountain), and in the same city, he got his doctorate in Physics. Back in Argentina, he taught at Buenos Aires University, until a personal conflict between the science and the literature made him leave his scientist career, and embrace his literary vocation. Nowadays he does not write anymore, but he is still one of the most brilliant intellectuals of his country. Some of his works are "Sobre héroes y tumbas" (novel), "Entre la letra y la sangre", "Antes del fin" (essays).
Ernesto Sábato nació en Rojas, Provincia de Buenos Aires en 1911; comenzó a estudiar Ciencias Físico-Matemáticas en 1928. En París en 1936, escribió su primera novela, "La fuente muda", y en la misma ciudad, obtuvo su doctorado en Física. De regreso en Argentina, enseñó en la Universidad de Buenos Aires, hasta que un conflicto personal entre la ciencia y la literatura lo hizo abandonar su carrera científica y abrazar su vocación literaria. En la actualidad ya no escribe más, pero sigue siendo uno de los intelectuales más brilantes de su país. Algunas de sus obras son "Sobre héroes y tumbas" (novela), "Entre la letra y la sangre", "Antes del fin" (ensayos).
Written Feb 27, 2004
Favorite thing: http://www.dolarsi.com/ is a great web site for monitoring the exchange rates. One word of advice many of the cambios lower their rates on the weekend and then raise them again on Monday. One close to me last Saturday posted a 2.82 rate and on Monday it was 2.92. So exchange your money on Thursday or wait until Monday/
Written Oct 13, 2005
Favorite thing: Off course all travellers have their passports when crossing the Argentinean border. Sometimes we forget to carry one if making day trips or when shopping. I would recommend always to carry a (copy) of your passport when travelling or touring IN Argentina.
There are a lot of occasions where you have to show your passport or a copy, for instance:
- paying with a credit card;
- sometimes when visiting special sights (for instance the Palacio del Congresso in Bs As);
- changing money;
- renting a car;
- checking in hotels etc;
- police check points on the roads;
- buying tickets (bus/plane);
- (off course your original passport) making a day trip out of the country (Brazil, Uruguay or Chile).
(If you are entering or leaving the country the immigration officers ‘love’ to stamp your passport.)
Written Aug 6, 2006
Favorite thing: It was in S. America... specifically, Punta Arenas & now Buenos Aires that I first "toured" the cemetries...
Cemetries that are so huge & glamourous rivalling homes of those alive today.
Made me wonder...
Made me exclaimed...
These "people" even in death are still taking up prime real estate space in "this life"!
Are these truly necessary?
Everyone has loved ones & family who may no longer be around in our world.
Yet, they will always be with us whenever we remember our love for them.
I don't know about most people, but when I die one day, if a friend or family just remembered me & shed a tear for me, that'll be enough.
No need to "house" me in such a worldly space.
I want to be free when I die, not locked up!!!
Imagine having to stay in a human compound for the rest of your "lifetimes"!!!
Thanks, but No thanks!
Grand Canyon comes to mind :-))
May the wind carry me wherever I wish to venture!
F R E E D O M ! ! !
Updated Mar 21, 2004
Favorite thing: Mailboxes are often loaded with hopes. One thing I love is to send and receive post. When sending, there is the whole process of selecting, preparing, shipping, and waiting for it to reach it's destination. When you receive it is the rush of opening, unwraping, and the surprise of the unexpected. It is over all personal. An today that is something that has been lost.
Updated Sep 16, 2003
Favorite thing: Domestic flights schedule from Buenos Aires to:
Puerto Iguazú 1 hr 45 mins
Posadas 1 hr 30 mins
San Salvador de Jujuy 2 hrs 10 mins
San Miguel de Tucumán 1 hr 50 mins
Salta 2 hrs
Córdoba 1 hr 15 mins
Mendoza 1 hr 50 mins
San Carlos de Bariloche 2 hrs 20 mins
Trelew 2 hrs
Mar del Plata 1 hr 10 mins
Río Gallegos 2 hrs 55 mins
Ushuaia 3 hrs 20 mins
El Calafate 3 hrs 15 mins
Updated Feb 27, 2003
Favorite thing: Even if you'renot a gardener (or a painter) the colours of Argentina's flowering trees and shrubs in Spring are a delight. From the glowing red of the ceibo (the national tree) or golden shrubby calafate bushes in Patagonia (a variety of berberis - they say if you eat the berry you will come back to Patagonia) there is always something to catch the eye. Golden broom lines the roadsides all around Bariloche - it's not a native and is very invasive but there's no denying its beauty. The native berberis there is a brilliant orange - you'll see it all through the forests.
The jungles of Iguazu are home to all sorts of strange plants - including aerial-rooted epiphytes that crowd the branches of trees along the walkways.
It's the jacarandas of Buenos Aires that fill the eye completely though as they cast a glorious purple haze over the city.
Updated Oct 21, 2007
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