10 Things I Now Know about Buenos Aires: July 12, 2013

    A street artist paints a mural in San Telmo, Bs. As. 10.) Watch your step.Most of the sidewalks in Buenos Aires are a cracked, disheveled, stumble-prone mess. A friend told me that sidewalks are not public property, but belong to the shops and businesses behind them. Thus, their care is in the hands…

Lost in Transportation: June 21, 2013

June 21, 2013 By Jammie   Getting lost can be quite fun. I’ve always rather enjoyed wandering around, finding surprises down small streets, relishing the discovery of a new place for a tasty treat. When the weather is right, the shoes comfortable and the destination undefined (yet physically encompassed in an area easily explored within…

Language Barriers: June 14, 2013

With my two years of high school Spanish (yes, you may snort with derision) and Bjorn’s proficiency in it, I foolishly thought I would be fine in Buenos Aires. But oddly, knowing a little bit of a language seems to be worse than knowing nothing about it. The phonemes and structures of Spanish feel familiar…

Dance Revolution: June 7, 2013

This post is about service; but it’s not about anything that I have done. Rather, it is about the amazing work my friend D is doing. What he is doing not only benefits others, but is mind-opening and beautiful as well.  D is a music therapist, and also teaches a class called “Corporal Expressions” at…

A bent towards Boca: June 3, 2013

I’ve heard plenty of stories of Boca. “It’s the Compton of Buenos Aires”; “You don’t want to be there after dark”; “It’s rough”; “It’s dangerous”; “The vendors are pushy and get in your face”; “The taxi drivers scam you”; “It’s a really poor area of town.”  It’s also quite picturesque.  We went to El Obrero,…

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…