Buenos Aires Tag

tierra santa, buenos aires, jesus, religion, theme park, fun park, argentina

The New Touristament

Tierra Santa, Buenos Aires, Argentina We’ve all heard about the kids who beg their parents for a trip to Disneyland. Perhaps you even were one of those kids. What you don’t often hear, though, are stories about children begging to be taken to a theme park all about Jesus. “Mummy, I want to go and see Christ turn water into wine! I want to see him betrayed and I want to see him denied three times! I wanna wanna wanna!” Still, someone in Buenos Aires thought a theme park dedicated to the stories of The Bible was a good idea and so ‘Tierra Santa’ was born. Again. Ok, no, just once, sorry. There are no rollercoasters, no log rides, no ferris wheels or fairy floss at Tierra Santa. There is a carousel with manger animals but, other than that, the attractions are all about the life of Jesus. The entire theme park has been...

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10 December
Foto Ruta, buenos aires, photography tour, argentina

Through the lens

Sometimes it’s worth looking at a city from a different perspective. The wide-angle through the eyes of a tourist quickly becomes monotonous and the sites take on a bland hue. Through the lens of a camera, though, the streets can come alive. The focus can be heightened, the perspective contorted, and the angle manipulated. A photographer uses the collection of decisions at their disposal as a toolbox to bring energy, meaning and mystery to the images of a city. The story can be told not just with the objects in the frame but through the way those objects have been captured. When I was invited by Foto Ruta to take a photography tour of Buenos Aires, I was unsure as to what that involved. It turned out I was going to learn a bit about photography, a bit about Buenos Aires and a lot about how those two things can interact. What...

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01 December
casa rosada, buenos aires, evita, eva peron, argentina, presidential palace

Don’t cry for me…

In the mid-1990s, hoping it would bring great fortune and fame to the country, the Argentinian Government allowed Madonna stand on the balcony of the Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires to film the scene from ‘Evita’ that would define the movie. Of course, the balcony scene was a stand-out partly because the rest of the film was such a dog that it wouldn’t look out of place running with the rabid animals of this city. But there is more to it than that. There was something inspiring about the image of Eva Peron, proud and optimistic, speaking to the masses below in a way that politicians had never done before in Argentina. Still to this day, Eva Peron and her husband Juan are an extremely divisive topic in South America. Where some people see the saviours of the working class, some see a thuggish dictator and trashy power-hungry social-climber. When Madonna...

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25 November
mafalda, buenos aires, cartoon, comic, argentina

The little girl who challenged a nation

Mafalda cartoons Sometimes it takes the innocence of a child for people to realise their own foolishness. The apparent naivety of youth is easy to dismiss… but often it reveals a view of the world that is unburdened by the twisted and ambiguous ideologies of adulthood. In Mafalda, a young girl who hates soup, Argentines once found an insightful commentator of social events. Mafalda first appeared in a comic strip in 1964 when she was six years old. Despite her age, she was a child with a big heart and an awareness of the world she lived in. She cared about humanity and world peace and, in her own way, she struggled against the problems she saw around her. She also liked The Beatles… but I guess everyone did back then. For ten years Mafalda appeared in newspapers in Argentina until the cartoonist, Quino, stopped the series. In those ten years she had...

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23 November
San Telmo, markets, street fair, Buenos Aires, Argentina, antiques, shopping

The bohemian sanctuary from modernity

As the road turns into cobblestones, uneven underfoot, the first signs you’re going back in time become clearer. The colonial buildings lining the street look sturdy but weary from the struggle of existing for centuries. For San Telmo, the oldest neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, has seen many changes over the past 300 years as the dockworkers, the vagrants, the bourgeois, and the artists each took turns to call the area their own. These days, like many old neighbourhoods of large cities, there’s been a level of gentrification but San Telmo has not relinquished its spirit of bohemia. The artists still call it home and within the cafes, bars and tango parlours is a sanctuary from the modernity outside. On the weekends, the area is popular with tourists, drawn in by the street fair and market each Sunday. The antique stalls seem so natural in the locale it’s as if they have grown...

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21 November
Julio de 9, Buenos Aires, biggest avenue in the world, argentina

I’ll take the wide road…

It was when I was about halfway across the road that the lights changed and the cars started to charge. Never mind that I was stuck in the middle of seven lanes of oncoming traffic. This is Buenos Aires and if you’ve got two feet and no steering wheel, then you’ve got no right of way. That was how I learned the hard way to be careful when crossing the widest avenue in the world. Well, I say “the widest avenue in the world” because that’s what I’ve been told several times by local Argentinians. They’re very proud of the girth of this road and you can sense that someone is about to tell you about it because their chest puffs up a little bit, the ends of their mouth curl with patriotism and their eyes deepen to stress the importance of the information you’re about to be given. The street is...

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18 November