Almost one year ago I went for a two weeks trip to Argentina and it was quite an experience. The flight was pretty decent, and as soon as I got there I felt in a totally different continent (That´s right, for my Murican readers, Latin Americans consider America the whole continent, instead of the regions known in The US, as North America, Central America and South America, true story, see, you learnt something new)
For some of you, Argentina means great meat, tango and Maradona (and Evita, as well, never forget Eva Peron). However, during my visit, I got the chance to experience Buenos Aires on foot, and to glance briefly the way things are being handled in Argentina by its authorities. After that, you realize not everything there is juicy meat and sweet tango.
What I witnessed, and I must insist, just briefly, was a social unrest, but not entirely coming from the lower class in the country, but rather an unhappy middle class. Turns out, that the economic and social measures imposed by the Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner´s administration have damaged the real potential for development of Argentina.
Just an example, the inflation in Argentina has reached double digits, but the government doesn´t talk openly about it, regardless the fact that the IMF and the World Bank demanded this information, Argentina seems to rest its economic hopes on political continuity. However, “this will end soon”, as expressed by some friends there, due to the fact that “La Señora” (as they call Cristina Fernandez) is soon to finish her term.
In reality, Argentina has most of its recent history (1970s till now) struggling to succeed in the international arena, either politically or economically. Right after the “Guerra Sucia” (where the State using the military, conducted violent action against political dissidents, “disappearing” an estimated of 15,000 to 30,000 people) the Argentinians had to deal with the escalation of “Operation Rosario” that led to the Falklands War (1982), while bad macroeconomic decisions concluded in the big economic crisis of 2000.
Just recently, the UK announced the conduct of military exercises on, according to the Argentinian Embassy in the UK, “occupied Argentine territory”. This has been seen by the Latin American country as a provocation and will increase the tension in the region. These war games are scheduled to take place Abril 14-17.
So, Argentina is currently going through a phase of restructuration, while its people don´t lose the ability to amuse me with their amazingly high self-esteem, others reckon the next political force shall be more humble and down to earth, putting the pieces of the social and economic puzzle together.
Oh, sorry, I got a little carried away, aye, the country was amazing! The food was gorgeous, and yes, lads, if you ask me, Argentinian women are the bomb, their accent, attitude and glamour are outstanding.
The best part of my trip? Well, it made me understand the joy of traveling, again, the sense of adventure and made me find the reason I´m a curious person.
Ps. What happened to Nisman? we might never know.