Posts by Carlos

    One of the main problem in traffic here is neglecting the sign of a roundabout. Who is inside the roundabout has the priority. There are millions of traffic signs, but people ignore it.

    Normally I let to pass a car who comes from the right. Most of the times the driver give me thanks, a fact that is kind abut unnecessary. He has the priority. It is my duy to let him pass-

    Tornados are really quite rare here. And if they appear, only some roof is destroyed. The reason is that we use mainly masonry to build houses, and walls are 12 inches thick. They resist more than the typical "balloon frame" very popular in the USA. Of course, the masonry is much more expensive and they require more time to be built.

    It is not the Italian Alps, of course, but the Cordoba hills are a reliable, non expensive alternative.

    Your shall spend 8 hours of travel in a highway, and then you have many paved and unpaved roads to arrive to charming places, although non spectacular.

    I recommend La Cumbre, a nice resort founded by British tourists in the 1920's, still not crowded.

    Try to avoid popular places like Villa Carlos Paz. It is difficult to park a car and also the people who likes being there are very rought and ordinary.

    Cordoba has many rivers with clear, transparent water that you may reach there in an easy way.


    Jan wrote:

    The piqueteros fatter than fat wanting to provoke an emergency situation, just beyond a normal person to comprehend.


    The piqueteros are, as the nazis once called, "untermenschen". a degenerated branch of the human race which grew fueled by populism.

    I beg your pardon for using such a horrible expression, but in that sense I think we need an "endlosung" outcome. No education nor persuasion can change their minds.

    Very interesting. In the US, because 19th-20th century architecture was largely of British influence, there was little Spanish influence except in the SW states and in New Orleans, which still retains the walled courtyard style. The Spanish style is considered very romantic.

    However, the Spanish style was eagerly adopted by anglosaxon architects in the 1920's and they did magnificent designs inside the trend "Mission style".

    An outstanding example of this is the Santa Barbara Town Hall, considered one of the most beautiful public buildings in the USA.

    What I admire most of the US criteria about history, is that they respected carefully the name of the cities and geographical features from other cultures. You have in California many towns with their original Spanish names, as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Rancho Bonito, Palos Verdes, Cape Mendocino. And in Colorado you have the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and in California the San Bernardino Mountains.

    Exactly the contrary was done in Europe when some territory were conquered by a foe. Let's remember Aachen -Aix La Chapelle / Breslau-Wroclaw / Bozen/Bolzano / Meran/Merano. and many more.

    Good grief. I must have walked under the one on Scalabrini Ortiz dozens of times without ever looking up.


    Carlos , do you know why the chalet was a style favored by the middle class 70-75 years ago? The ones we still see in barrios near us are so appealing , even if on the ground instead of perched on top of a building.

    The chalet style was in fashion in the 1930-1940 to be used in the small towns at the side lof recently made electric railroad stations, especially in the north-western side, like Olivos, Martinez, San Isidro, Beccar, etc.

    All this was influenced by the Garden city movement, promoted by Ebenezer Howard and Parker & Unwin. We already had one, the Barrio Parque Aguirre, close to San Isidro Station, made by the British middle class employees of the Railways in 1910. People considered that the upper step was to abandon the Spanish style home (Casa chorizo) preferred by the lower classes inmigrants, and between walls. To live in a chalet, whatever style could be, was considered more stately than the old model. This, of course, is another hint of the British influence in our cities.

    The main feature is that the chalet is surrounded by gardens, and not inside the Spanish Manzana (Block) with no gardens in their sides.

    The use of the quick electric trains began in 1920. You can get Retiro station from San Isidro in only 23 minutes, in nice carriages with 1st and 2nd class everyone, with many frequencies.

    The same happened in the South east line (Now Roca Line). Lomas de Zamora, Adrogue and Temperley were nice boroughs as well.

    The house you are referring was from a furniture store and was built in the 1940's. It was a typical chalet, as this was the ideal house typology for the (at that time) growing middle class. The furniture store was called "Muebles Diaz" and this strange finial of a conventional building was popularly called "la casita de Muebles Diaz". It was used as a real showroom of the different classes of furniture sold in the ground floor.

    Muebles Diaz closed many years ago, but his remains are still there.

    This shows the difficult of some Spanish speakers to manage consontants and double consonants (sp, tt, bv).

    Few people pays attention on good pronounciation and accent. The "r" factor is always neglected as well.

    The "r" factor is the key to know if some spanish speaker will speak English correctly. The "r" factor in English sounds as a vowel, not a consonant.

    Difficult to teach...

    That must have been the most impenetrable castle ever built.

    Ir reminds me the Andrelkrag castle (imaginary drawing) did by Harold Foster who wrote "The Valiant Prince", a comic series appeared in the 1940's in US and Argentina. It tells the history of Prince Valiant, from Thule, (perhaps today Norway) and his adventures visitng Camelot and being part of the Knights of King Arthiur, circa V century BC.

    Harold Foster was an excellent artist who depicted with unusual accuracy all the weapons, things and landscape of the earlier Middle Age.

    Carlos, we are in same boat.......I'm not leaving anywhere.....the mother of my daughter don't wanna go anywhere, and I'm staying with my daughter!

    I guess many expats here are in a similar situation.....they cannot just leave!

    We will hang in there.....if you and so many other managed, we will manage too!!! But it's gonna be hard......just spoke with several friends from here, really seriously worried about the uprising that could come! Again, best would really be if MM left BEFORE the nasty stuff starts.....

    The main problem lies in the political culture. More than 50 % of the country population still see an "arcadian" state the 1946.1950 period of Peron, when he had money to distribute.

    And also the unstoppable decadence of moral standards, for example: how a guy like Maradona is considered almost a God when he boasted to make a goal with his hand in a soccer game? It is the same that K voters did yesterday, when they preferred the thiefs, corrupts and lyers than the other side. (Which by the way I do not think that they are saints in the Heaven, but there is a difference).

    Look on what happened with Vidal in the BA province. She strived for doing infrastercture work, making roads, sewage systems, providing water etc. etc.. But the populace prefers "Futbol para todos" and other advantages for free. This country does no deserve goog government-

    The only think that I hope is that the next president will stop this process before the abyss. (Venezuela)

    Other thing that I appreciate a lot is the old relationship we had with the anglo saxon countries. They had complementary economies with us, and this relationship functioned very well from 1860 to 1950. Then grew in the populace the idea that this enormous technical and financial su´pport was a form of outdated colonialism. The real fact is that when we were well related, Argentina was the first country in Latin America, in wealth, social mobility and welfare. Only the US surpassed us, because of its great power.

    I think that if Macri wins, this will be restored.

    Totally agreed. I also have 2 sons and 13 grandchildren. Since my childhood I grew up surrounded by siblings who were young in 1910 and they told me that Argentina was a great and rich country. But my real experience since that time was totally opposed.

    Now I see the possibility of a real change, and we can share this enthusiam with you and your children as well.

    I imagine your young children in 2029, when she will be a teenager , surrounded by a country plenty of possibilities to young people.

    As William Shakespeare said "All is well that ends well!"

    Uf Macri wins, we shall have another 4 years of progress. Many seeds have been planted; Cargo Raiways, New routes, Shale Gas, Solar and wind energy, attacks to the maffia and drug dealers.

    And the best, finally peronism will be buried.

    Don't ban Spam....not the kind you can eat anyway. Seem to remember there was a type you could fry which was pretty tasty although God only knows what was in it.

    Here there was a similar product called Viandada. Now it is not available.

    Not that bad, I used to like it. I never asked what kind of meat was there...

    We argentineans were the most important providers of this kind of corned beef during WWI and WWII. It was used to feed the soldiers in the front. Even the tinplate nox was conical, and a small key opened it without the use of any other instruments.It was easy to open.

    Also Uruguay was an important provider. There was a brand "Fray Bentos" which appears in all the photos of the trenches of WWI. Fray Bentos is a town near Colonia del Sacramento, and was an important center of industrial beef production. Now is all abandoned and is being researched by industrial archeologists.

    Yes it is expensive to travel by train in the UK, comparatively speaking.


    Here's an interesting picture. The Banco Aleman Transatlantico on Reconquista and Mitre - 1943 and 2019.

    Apparently it now an office building.

    The Banco Aleman Transatlantico was an important Bank of the Germans, arrived well before WWI. They built a large builiding along Paseo Colon, and after WWII passed to the hands of the goevernment, as we first declared war to Germany in February 1945 to get the properties of the German capitalists in Argentina. It was renamed later as "Banco Nacional de Desarrollo". Therefore no wonder that some flags with the swastikas were there during 1934 to 1945.

    Some important German firms were the Siemens Bauunion, a building company that built the Kavanagh Building and the subway from Retiro to Constitucion in the 1930's. They introduced the use of reinforced concrete in huge buildings.