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Understanding Argentina

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 10. Books (2), Buenos Aires by Alexandra GLeave a Comment

Although Nicolas Shumway’s The Invention of Argentina does not explain what it is like to travel through Argentina or even really give a representation of the country, it most definitely can help contribute to the understanding of this very strange but vibrant country. Throughout my travels, I’ve run into many other foreign travelers who don’t really know anything about the …

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Contemporary Issues through Art

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 9. Art & Place, Buenos Aires by Alexandra GLeave a Comment

Lo normal (1978) – Mónica Mayer I have been to the MALBA, Museo de Arte Latinoamericana de Buenos Aires, various times. The current exhibit is called Verboamérica. The exhibit has a very strong focus on violence, exclusion and the denial and oppression of certain identities throughout Latin America. It is curated in a way that divides the different types of …

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Personal Thoughts on Travel 2.0

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 7. Travel 2.0, Buenos Aires by Alexandra G1 Comment

In the past three years alone, I have experienced very different types of traveling. I’ve been on family vacations in big resorts, I’ve lived abroad in two different countries for a year at a time, I’ve spent summers visiting family, I’ve done various road trips including from Connecticut to New Mexico, I’ve travelled with friends only from hostel to hostel, …

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Find your Patagonia.

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 6. Book #1, Buenos Aires by Alexandra GLeave a Comment

It is so very surprising, but so stunning to me, how little travel in Argentina has changed since the 60s and 70s. Bruce Chatwin, a British travel writer, published In Patagonia in 1977. His descriptions of Buenos Aires, Patagonia, Argentine people, Argentine mentality, immigrants and even methods and means of travel are so very similar to what I have currently …

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A Contradicting View on Immigration

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 5. Politics, Buenos Aires by Alexandra G1 Comment

Argentina, much like the United States, a country founded by immigration. The Spaniards that settled and established the country of Argentina are technically to be considered immigrants. From the moment I arrived in Buenos Aires, I quickly learned that Argentina struggles with the idea of native vs. foreign, home vs. abroad, nationalism vs. cosmopolitanism. Unfortunately, I find the city and …

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In the Hands of Activists

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 4. The Soul of a Place, Buenos Aires by Alexandra G1 Comment

Buenos Aires is home to so many people. It is home to immigrants, party-goers, intellectuals, craftsmen/women, indigenous peoples, old and new money, the youth and the elderly. Buenos Aires is a city for every type of person. Something that I truly think most porteños have in common is their political awareness. They are so “woke” here, more than anywhere that …