Friday, September 30, 2011

Argentina: A brief summary of the last 30 years

1976: President Isabel Perón, Juan Domingo Peron´s third wife, is arrested.  Members of the arm forces take office to preserve public order.  The facto goverment lead off to the repression of the political, social and syndicalist democratic forces.  The coup d´etat result is 30.000 people disappeared.

1982: Falkland Islands war against England. A big mistake. War is always a mistake.

1983: Members of the arm forces are weakened and leave office.  During that period, local and public debt had been doubled.

Raúl Alfonsín
December 1983: Raúl Alfonsín takes office and a new period of democratic government has been started.  Military forces are prosecuted and a National Commission over the disappeared (missing) people is created.  Hyperinflation arises.  Alfonsín resignes due to the fact that another coup d´etat would have happened and the peronist Carlos Menem takes office.

1989: Menem starts a period of convertibility: 1 peso = 1 dollar.  Companies are privatized and importing goods is cheaper than make them in the country.  The industry is weakened due to the bankruptcy of many factories.  Foreign debt is very high as well as the corruption.

1999: Radical Fernando de la Rúa takes office, in a country with a very difficult economical situation.
Protest against a bank during "Corralito"

2001: Argentina enters in default.  The "Corralito" starts: money can´t be withdrawed from the accounts.  De la Rúa resigns due to the anger of people. Peronist, Eduardo Duhalde takes office after having had five presidents in less than two weeks.  A dollar climbs to 4 pesos.  Money in the "Corralito" is also devaluated and the deposits show losses up to 75 %.

2003: Duhalde calls for elections.  Néstor Kirchner wins the election.  The economic situation starts getting better.  The unemployment index is lowering and the economy grows in almost 9 points yearly.

Cristina Kirchner
2007: Cristina Kirchner, Néstor Kichner´s wife, won the general election in Argentina .  The country kept on growing based in the same economic model of Néstor Kichner.

2009: Although too much work is to be done, Argentina has been growing due to a favorable social and economic state of affairs in the country.

Accommodation in Buenos Aires: alquileres temporarios , hostels buenos aires , residencias universitarias en capital federal

Monday, September 26, 2011

Gay friendly Buenos Aires

Moving with the times, Buenos Aires has established itself as an attractive destination for the gay community.  It´s not arbitrary that the 2006 PlanetOut Travel Award acknowledged it with the title "Mejor Destino Internacional" (Best International Destination) and Spanish Zero magazine declared Buenos Aires "the new mecca of gay tourism". There are places directed at the gay public and other that declare themselves "gay friendly" spots.

Learning Spanish language:

- BA gay school: School - Art Gallery. 650 Bolívar - San Telmo. Te. 4342-0069

Personal Care:

- Uomobello: Personal Care for men. Te 4816-1044.
Buenos Aires Gay Pride
- Centro de estética Bucal y Facial: 1016 Callao Ave. Recoleta. Te. 4812-4200.
- Del Sur: 1960 Alicia Moreau de Justo 4° of. 401. Puerto Madero. Te. 4312-0900.


- Kaixo Hostel Central: 1267 Tte. Gral. Juan D. Perón. Te. 4384-9342.

- Friendly Apartments: 1234 Callao Ave. of. 508. Te. 4816-9032.
- Charlie´s Apartments Buenos Aires: 825 Darwin. Te. 15-5498-6344.
- Bayres Gay Bed & Breakfast: 5842. Córdoba Ave. Te. 4772-3877.
Amerika Disco
- Charlie´s Hostels Buenos Aires: 825 Darwin. Te.4856-9852.
- Rendez Vous Hotel: 1484 Bonpland. Palermo.
- Axel Hotels: 649 Venezuela. San Telmo. Te. 4136-9393.
- Charlie´s residencias universitarias: 825 Darwin. Te.4856-9852.
- Lugar Gay Bed & Breakfast: 1120 Defensa. San Telmo. Te. 4300-4747.


- Buenos Aires a full Relax Center for Men. 1770 Viamonte. Te. 4371-7263.
- Marcus Day Spa for Men. 1046 Callao Ave. 4811-0058


- Tango Queer: 571 Perú. San Telmo. Tuesdays 20 hs.
- Tango entre muchachos: 1120 Defensa. Sundays. 17 hs.


- Gwedding: 1583 Gurruchaga. Loft 2. Palermo. 15-3965-1137
- Gold Life Bodas Gay.
- Fabulous Weddings.


- Amerika. 1040 Gascón.
- Pacha. Rafael Obligado st. and Pampa st. Costanera Norte.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Boedo Neighbourhood

Tango lyrics make us picture Boedo as neighbourhood of "casas chorizo" (row houses), with large patios, cobble stoned streets and Southern suburbs nostalgia.  Today, this residential area retains its calm and certain memorable spots in its unique geography.

The great tango poet, Homero Manzi, spent the greatest part of his life between Boedo and Pompeya.  It was by the bar on the corner of San Juan and Boedo where lyrics for "Sur" were inspired: San Juan and old-time Boedo and the whole sky, / Pompeya and beyond, the flood.  Today, dinner plus performance is hosted here.  Further away, in Pompeya, on the wall of the crossing of Centenera and Tabaré, one may read the lyrics of another of his songs, "Manoblanca".  This is the spot where the museum in honor of the poet rises today.

The Café Dante (Boedo 745) is the oldest in the neighbourhood and keeper of a great secret: among its tables, Cátulo Castillo wrote many of his stanzas.  Also, this is where the "Republic of Boedo", a group of area dwellers who gathered for long talks and billiards, used to meet in 1938.

The Miguel Cané Library (C. Calvo 4319) deserves a chapter of its own, made legendary through Jorge Luis Borges, who wrote his first stories here, while he catalogued books.

Must-sees at Boedo:

- Esquina Homero Manzi: This is where Homero Manzi wrote the lyrics for is tango "Sur".  Dinner and show.  San Juan Ave. and Boedo Ave.
- Miguel Cané Library: Jorge Luis Borges was employed here, cataloguing books.  4319 Carlos Calvo st.
- Martita: At this salon, home-made dishes are served.  "Empanadas santiagueñas" and more.  3700 Cochabamba st.
- Pan y Teatro: Warm and rustic atmosphere, and native cuisine.  Carbonada and Creole locro (stews). 4095 Las Casas st.
- Miramar: It looks like an old grocery and rotisserie.  Serves sucking pig, "buseca" (tripe), lamb and frog. 1999 San Juan Ave.

Accommodation: alquileres temporarios , Hostels Buenos Aires , Residencias Universitarias

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Belgrano Neighbourhood

Barrancas de Belgrano
 Towards late 19th century, the outlying Belgrano area was the chosen location for the weekend establishments of the local aristocratic families.  Here, over the grassy banks, the mansions overflowed with luxury, away from downtown neighbourhoods such as San Telmo and Monserrat.  Overtime, throught the building of new houses and opening of new streets, Belgrano became the neighbourhood it is today, while keeping the elegance of former times. 

Aside from its lovely banks, Belgrano stands out for its wide commercial offer, gathered mainly along extensive "Cabildo" Avenue and the "La Imprenta" district, just off "Luis María Campos" Avenue. 

Cabildo Ave.
If in search of food, on "Arribeños" and neighbouring streets stretches the small and quaint "Barrio Chino" (chinatown), where the Oriental community has established everything, from supermarkets and crafts shops to numerous restaurants, reasonably priced and serving tasty dishes. 

The neighbourhood´s landscape is rounded off by the "Inmaculada Concepción" Church (Vuelta de Obligado 2042) and the "Plaza General Manuel Belgrano" (Cuba st. and Juramento Ave.), where handcrafts fair is set up every weekend.

Must-sees at Belgrano:

Chinatown in Buenos Aires
- "Barrancas de Belgrano": Holding several sculptures, such as a Statue of Liberty replica and a gazebo.
- "Barrio Chino": Tea houses, restaurants, clothing and decoration shops and supermarkets belonging to the Oriental community.
- "La Imprenta" district: Added to the small "La Imprenta" commercial district stands the "Solar de la Abadía" shopping mall.
- "Museo E. Larreta": At this typical Colonial mansion, Spanish art objects are displayed. (2291 Juramento Ave.)
- Cabildo Ave.: Stores stand one next to the other.  Clothing shops, book and record stores.

Lodging in Belgrano: alquileres temporarios , Hostels Buenos Aires , Residencias Universitarias