Discovering Family in Argentina

Audrey and Oma

Q: What’s the proper way to greet family you’ve never met before?A: In Argentina: with kisses, warmth -- and a heck of a lot of steak.Earlier this year, with a visit to relatives in Argentina only days away, I received my first email in Spanish from my grandmother. This may not sound noteworthy, but the fact that she wrote it in her mother tongue transformed … [Read more...]

A Little Bite of Buenos Aires

Empanadas in Buenos Aires

When we poked around Buenos Aires earlier this year, our food quests were focused not only on understanding Argentine cuisine but also seeking out various ethnic cuisines that we hadn't encountered much while traveling the Andes and Paraguay. A couple of times a week, we’d head out with a restaurant recommendation, a gigantic map of the city, and scribbled notes as … [Read more...]

Travel Photography: The Fuzzy Area Between Iconic and Cliché

So their eyes are growing hazy 'cos they wanna turn it on, so their minds are soft and lazy.  Well, hey, give 'em what they want. -- Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs) in "Candy Everybody Wants"Have you ever come across a photo in a magazine or on another website and thought: "Hey, that's my photo!"?We were poking around BBC Travel the other day and came … [Read more...]

From Bangkok to Buenos Aires, For the Love of Public Transport

You took the San Martin city train? Foreigners usually just take taxis here. -– A local porteño, eyes wide, expresses shock at our opting to take one of Buenos Aires’ grittier public transport lines during our first week in town.Taxi cabs are easy: they get you from point A to B directly and with relative efficiency. In a taxi you don’t have to deal with people … [Read more...]