Sunday, September 13, 2009

Out on the Streets......

After we have fed our new pets (8 to 10 doves) on the windowsill... its out on the streets!





About 5 streets away from our apartment the old shipping canal of Puerto Madero has been all spiffed up with high rise apartments and a huge park... the big container ships now go up river a bit to unload or pick up....












San Telmo and Boca next door are the oldest barrios in BA, around the port where the city started. Most of development with high rises and skyscraping office buildings then moved on to "down town," bypassing many of San Telmo's beautiful old 2 or 3 story buildings....






























Most weeks there's at least 2 or 3 protests, marches or strikes, all pretty peaceful to my knowledge..... I took this pic out of a taxi window at night. The driver said it was a protest by university students, but he didn't know the issues involved...












This week the dock workers marched, subway workers shut down the subways for two hours, doctors at one state hospital marched due to the government not paying them since June, fisherman blocked a bridge demanding a subsidy due to some bans on fishing, and farmers have had an ongoing protest for several months.... After the 60's, folks in the USA seem to have opted out of demonstrating as a means to bring about change.... perhaps because many ended in violence? I don't know, and I don't know how successful the ones down here are in reaching their goals...


Meanwhile, I followed another big tradition down here and spent many hours at a local cafe... the woman on the right was raised in South Africa and just got here after several years of working in Saudi Arabia ("never again will I live in an Islamic country!"). The woman on the left was raised in Ireland and just got here after loosing her employment in Paris.... both are hoping to find some kind of work here, take a break for a while from the high achievment track....








And this week's food picture is not of fried onion rings, but squid rings, sprinkled with garlic... the small plate at the top was a freebee appetizer of squid marinated in lemon and oil .



















It's been a full week, but before bed, a movie!


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