Posts tagged "Argentina"

Women's History Month: Cristina Fernández de Kirchner advocate for gay marriage

Women's History Month: Cristina Fernández de Kirchner advocate for gay marriage
Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has been a strong advocate for gay marriage in her country and signed a law making it legal in 2010. As the U.S. Supreme Court reviews laws on gay marriage, it’s surprising to consider our government is socially behind countries like Argentina that are overwhelmingly Catholic. Argentina was the... Read more »

First Latin American Pope: Francis I

First Latin American Pope: Francis I
                  The world has the first pope from Latin America. He is Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina and will go by the name Pope Francis I. He is a man that can perhaps bridge Catholics in the old and new world. Bergoglio is the son of Italians who... Read more »

Remembering Facundo Cabral

Lovers of Latin American music are mourning the murder of Facundo Cabral, the Argentine folk and protest singer shot and killed in Guatemala Saturday. It’s not clear why he was gunned down and his concert promoter may have been the target, according to some news reports. Still it’s a terrible and ironic death for a... Read more »

My photo album of Argentina and Peru

I’m back in Chicago now and on this overcast day I am thinking back on my three- week trip in Argentina and Peru. I miss the architecture, from colonial to baroque, the colors, which are vibrant, and the landscape from the Pacific Ocean in Lima to the lush green mountains outside Cusco, Peru. So this... Read more »

Madres de Mayo still seek justice

For the last 32 years the Madres de Mayo have held a weekly vigil in Buenos Aires. They are the mothers of the estimated 30,000 people disappeared or killed during Argentina’s Dirty War, a military dictatorship  from 1976 to 1983. I arrived at the Plaza de Mayo on last Thursday at 3:15 p.m. when the... Read more »

!Feliz año nuevo!

Happy New Year! I spent New Year’s Eve in Buenos Aires. A popular thing for locals and tourists to do is watch the fireworks along their port area called Puerto Madero. The original port is where European immigrants arrived when they came to Buenos Aires in the late 1800s. The area was revitalized in the... Read more »

Do Evita Peron and Michelle Obama share anything in common?

Eva Peron, also known as “Evita,” was Argentina’s most famous First Lady and one of the best known in history. This week while in Buenos Aires I visited her grave in the Recoleta Cemetery and also the Evita Museum located in an old building that her foundation once used as a women’s shelter. As I... Read more »

Tango dancing in Buenos Aires

I know how to salsa, merengue, cha cha cha, bachata, and more. But the tango, ah, is the most beautiful and the most difficult dance of all. I learned this first hand in a tango class I took in Buenos Aires last night. They say it takes two to tango. I went to the class... Read more »

San Telmo is like Buenos Aires' Wicker Park

I’ve arrived in Buenos Aires and I’m staying in a neighborhood called San Telmo.Imagine cobble stone streets with run-down art nouveau buildings filled with cafes, shops and parillas (where you can eat grilled meat). Some locals consider the neighborhood kind of edgy and it’s a bohemian hipster zone, which is under going a gentrification sort of... Read more »

Mercedes Sosa gone but not forgotten

Mercedes Sosa, Latin America’s greatest folk singer, died Sunday. In Chicago, her memory will be celebrated this Thursday night with an homage starting after 8 p.m. at El Ñandu restaurant, 2731 W. Fullerton Ave.   Sosa’s influence on the music world was great and her last CD “Cantora” was recently released in the United States.... Read more »