Turning over a new leaf with Project Gutenberg: May 21, 2013

As you might have guessed, traveling around the world has its limits — luggage weight limits, specifically. Besides learning how to roll everything tighter and taking a heretofore unimaginably small number of shoes, luggage weight limits also mean that packing books are out of the question. Which is fine, what with eReaders being all the…

Buenos Libros, Buenos Aires — At the Book Fair: May 15, 2013

The Buenos Aires Book Fair is touted as “the most important annual literary event in the Spanish speaking world,” according to its website (well, no one said it was the humblest.) More than one million readers from all over Latin America reportedly come to the event (although plenty of illiterates come, too, if the numerous…

It takes two (or a community) to tango: May 12, 2013

May 12, 2013 By Jammie Until this past Saturday, Bjorn and I had been in Buenos Aires a little over a month and a week — and I still hadn’t seen the tango here. Yes, I realize  that sounds almost inhumanly impossible considering that the dances are performed publicly almost daily, but we  kept catching…

Walk for cake is no cakewalk: May 8, 2013

May 8, 2013 By Jammie One recent fine evening, Bjorn and I went on a walkabout as is our wont.  Yes, I walk. For fun. (Travel does indeed change a person.)   Bjorn suggested we walk up to Avenida Lavalle (la-VAH-zhay), an entertaining pedestrian street that has shops, eateries, our favorite cheapie movie theater (Argentine…

They love the night life: May 6, 2013

May 6, 2013 By Jammie Argentine hospitality is incredible. I haven’t experienced anything quite like it — and that’s saying a lot, especially as Filipinos are trained from birth to persistently push food and drink on their guests (after asking them to remove their shoes first, of course).   Argentines (I say Argentines, but really…