Richard Harwood

Chile - 2001

Buenos Aires, Argentina - City Center

Buenos Aires. The broad avenue is Avenida 9 de Julio, with the Obelisk sitting in the center.

The map of the city center of Buenos Aires shows the places that I visited during my walk around the Buenos Aires and during the bus tour of the city. What is strange for me now, is that as I am writing this the views from Buenos Aires that I took contrast so radically from those that are being shown in the news during the latter part of December 2001. About a month and a half after we were in Argentina, the President of that country resigned due to economic pressures and there has been widespread rioting and demonstrations in the steets. Angry mobs, burning buildings and riot police are seen on the news right now. I even recognized one of the areas near the French Embassay that was shown on the news. The pictures you'll see here show no indication of major unrest, nor did I see any. There was a peaceful demonstration in Parque Mayo, asking the President to have the government provide money for disabled and orphaned children. Other than that, people appeared to be going about their business as normal, during our stay. It just goes to show that a short stay in a place does not give you an accurate picture of what is really going on, or the tensions that are simmering beneath the surface. The next time your Senator or Representative goes oversees to assess a situation, ask yourself how much can they really get from a short stay?

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Map of Buenos Aires Cementerio de la Recoleta Church at the Cementerio de la Recoleta Street Scene Calle Vicente Lopez People in Buenos Aires Tribunales de la Capital Federal Obelisk Teatro Colon Avenida 9 de Julio Parque Mayo