July 04, 2006
getting to buenos aires
arrived at Ezeiza International Airport on June 25, after a horrendous 3 day delay stretched out across three different airports on both sides of the equator. but alas, now settling into my room in the neighborhood of Palermo, the barrio that JLuis Borges was born in and that still clings on him for much of the hayday glory of 1920s argentina.
buenos aires has been for me a much cheaper, but no less proud version of New York City, filled with urban citizens who walk around chin-up and eyes-open. the winter is mild at first glance but certainly creeps into your bones if youre not wrapped up. the financial crash here and the subsequent devaluation served as a make-over for argentina more or less. the city is set on a desperate rebound path, with more restaurants and hip stores than argentinos who can really afford them. in the meantime, the restaurants and hip stores are being mobbed by europeans who find buenos aires as an extension of the non-linear european continent, and occassionally of course, you find blue-jeaned, sneakered americans. thats how you pick (us) out, supposedly, the sporty shoes that stand out in an ocean of pseudo-designer street shoes.
just waiting to start now at the university where my internship is based...!
Posted by Johnny po Lin at July 4, 2006 06:30 PM
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