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For the People or for Personal Gain?

In The Art of Travel, 4. Politics, Buenos Aires, Places by CY1 Comment

On Wednesday in Buenos Aires Argentina truckers blocked many streets in Buenos Aires as a protest to current president Mauricio Macri’s market-friendly economic policies. Last October, Argentina has its midterm elections where Macri’s political party won. With that momentum, he had outlined his plans for structural reforms in Argentina. Macri is a president very much in a the neoliberal mould, …

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When East meets South West

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Buenos Aires by CY1 Comment

I find it pretty amazing how I found people of Chinese descent everywhere that I’ve been, even here in South America, the continent geographically furthest away from Asia. In Argentina, some minimarkets and supermarkets are called “chinos”, in the sense that they are operated by people of Chinese descent. They used to be called “mercado chinos” but true to the …

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Nos Vemos

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 15. Farewells, Buenos Aires by Kiana1 Comment

In the last few days leading up to a big move, often times we’ll find that we have already emotionally left. Bags are packed, airport transportation arrangements are made, and images of our destinations play like movie trailers in our minds. It’s odd, isn’t it, that in our precious and dwindling time in a place, we are in a rush …

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Never Too Old to be a Brat

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 11. Travails, Buenos Aires by Kiana1 Comment

In the three months I’ve been in Buenos Aires, there have have been many mishaps. Whether it’s a lost wallet, a phone that won’t work, or miscalculated directions, I’ve experienced it all. These occurrences are annoyingly inconvenient when traveling internationally, but magically, they haven’t affected me much. There’s always been a silver lining to these mistrials. Without a bank card, …

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Argentina’s Silhouette

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 10. Books (2), Buenos Aires by Kiana1 Comment

I recently read Long After Midnight at the Niño Bien, a novel by Brian Winter about his Argentina experience when he unknowingly thrusts himself into the deep culture of tango. I was initially attracted to the book because Brian introduces himself as a recent college graduate, looking for an adventure in Argentina. Brian describes a feeling I related to- “seeking …