A photoblog with large images of Buenos Aires - Active 2008 - 2011
Sad but true, I'm [sort of] leaving Buenos Aires. As you read this I will be in Bogotá, where I will be spending the first several months of 2011. I'm planning on being back in Buenos Aires in May and June but it will be a temporary thing and I figured it's time to "sunset" this blog.
It's been a great ride. I've learned a ton about Buenos Aires and I have really enjoyed everyone's comments.
If you like my photos and want to keep up with what I'm doing then please follow my flickr stream as well as my other blog. I'll be keeping this site up since it hardly costs me anything to do so.
If you are just coming to this site for the first time, looking for photos of Buenos Aires, then please browse through the archives and categories. There's a lot here, buildings, mostly.
Argentina briefly tried daylight savings time but decided it wasn't for them. I remember reading something about restaurant owners in Mar del Plata complaining about not being able to turn tables during the busy dinner shift in January, and so the experiment was dumped. Buenos Aires sits rather to the east in its time zone meaning the sun comes up around 5:30am in the summer. This happens to coincide with my personal witching hour at night clubs so I'm often treated to gorgeous predawn light on the taxi ride home. Of course, capturing this while drunk in a speeding taxi and be a bit of a challenge.
Following the death of former president Nestor Kirchner there has been a lot of street art mash-ups depticing Kirchner as El Eternauta, a science fiction graphic novel series from the 1960s with a strong political theme written by Héctor Germán Oesterheld and illustrated by Francisco Solano López. Oesterheld, active in leftist politics, was kidnapped and murdered by the military dictatorship [along with his four daughters, the youngest of whom was 18]. One of Kirchner's legacies is likely to be his restarting the trials and prosecutions of those military leaders who participated in the disappearances.
As a bit of a map geek I am totally in love with LADE's mural outside their headquarters in San Telmo. They are a regional airline run by the airforce serving small cities in Patagonia. I love that the map is oriented with the south at the top and Argentina's narrowing triangle becoming an optical illusion with the vanishing point of the approaching runway. Beyond cool!
For all of my readers in the freezing North; behold the crazy abundance of Argentine spring! A mutant bouganvillea devours a flowering jacaranda. Somewhere in San Martin near the cancha de Chacarita.
As a side note, can anyone tell me way Chacarita's cancha is not anywhere near Chacarita? I guess it's kinda like Madison Square Garden not actually being in Madison Square.
I realize that cars parked on sidewalks is a mini-theme of this blog. I couldn't resist this example somewhere in San Martin, conurbano, zona norte. Argentine readers please help me out, is this a Renault 12 station wagon?
See also, Ford Falcon San Martin.
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Thanks for visiting this blog. I'm an American living in Buenos Aires since Feb. 2008 but I also lived here in 1993, 1999 and 2000. If you think I've misrepresented something, please leave a comment [hablo castellano]. I don't update this site much anymore but please visit my personal site. I still take pictures like crazy.
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