Hollywood’s Latin American Fiesta

FLying Down to Rio (1933) and Down Argentine Way (1940) In the 1930s and 40s, the USA in general, and Hollywood in particular, went gaga for all things south of the border. In 1933, Roosevelt launched the ‘Good Neighbor’ policy, in which he sought to improve the image...

An Education

Yesterday, I secured my first ‘proper’ job as a teacher. It’s been my dream since circa age 5, so I’m a little bit delighted. And having my future safe has allowed me to sit back and breathe a little today and to think about all the children...

The Bright Lights of Buenos Aires

To start our month of city & culture features, we’re heading first to the beguiling capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires… Buenos Aires. Just say it. Let the words roll over your tongue. Buenos Aires. It just sounds promising, doesn’t it? In my...

All Eyes On You

Throughout Februray, we will be talking about art, so your Friday Photo is on that theme. Buenos Aires is a city known for art – especially for the music and dancing of tango. But it is also home to a more subversive art form: graffiti, of a type closer to fine...

The Iguassu Falls: Up Close and Personal

By the time I got to Iguassu (or Iguazu, or Iguaçu, depending on which side of the border you are), I was tired. I remember phoning home – my regular ‘Hi Mum, I’m in a new country’ call – and for the first time, I felt a little homesick....
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