March 11, 2013 |
Early on a chilly morning, my 25-year-old son and I could detect the odor of burning garbage as we walked down a dirt road in a poverty-stricken section of Santa Fe, Argentina, bordered by ditches full of stagnant water. Ahead of us lay a day of construction work with a group of volunteers and local families, most of whom we had met only a few days earlier. We could not have been happier. Such is the experience you can expect on a Habitat for Humanity Global Village trip. I was the team leader for our group of 14 during a week in which we worked hand-in-hand with three "partner" families to repair and expand their homes.
March 8, 2013 |
ONE CAN only imagine what the late Joey Vento of Geno's fame would have thought of a cheesesteak joint where it's expected that customers will order in Spanish. But we assume that even Vento, who notoriously asked that his customers order in English, would have no beef with Rocky's Philly Steaks. After all, it's in Buenos Aires, Argentina. So, how on earth did the cheesesteak migrate 5,266 miles south? "I thought the Argentines would like the cheesesteak," explained Matthew J. McCarthy.
January 3, 2013
End of an era in Buenos Aires BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - The wooden subway cars on the Buenos Aires subway's A-line will soon be replaced by Chinese-made rolling stock, and that has people in the Argentine capital nostalgic. The 90 Belgian cars began rolling in 1913 on Latin America's first subway line. And they are the oldest subway cars still operating in the world, carrying 160,000 passengers on the line daily. The old cars still attract tourists, but they've become increasingly difficult to maintain.
November 9, 2012 |
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Thousands of people flooded the streets of Argentina's capital Thursday night in one of the country's biggest antigovernment protests in more than a decade. Angered by rising inflation, violent crime and high-profile corruption, and afraid President Cristina Fernandez will try to hold onto power indefinitely by ending constitutional term limits, the protesters marched on the iconic obelisk in Buenos Aires chanting: "We're not afraid. " Demonstrators reached the presidential residence in scorching summer heat banging on pots, whistling, and holding banners that read: "Stop the wave of Argentines killed by crime, enough with corruption and say no to the constitutional reform.
June 17, 2012 |
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Nelida Montoya is tormented by the image of a faraway tomb on a lonely hillside in the South Atlantic, where instead of the name of her son, a gravestone reads "Argentine soldier known only to God. " Horacio Echave was only 19 when he died in the Falkland Islands on the last day of fighting against British forces, a war that ended the Argentines' 74-day occupation of the archipelago they claim as their Islas Malvinas....
May 28, 2012 |
Below a ceiling draped in blue and white twinkle lights, people of all ages danced the Argentine tango Sunday afternoon at the darkened Ruba Club in Northern Liberties. Some wore sneakers, others were in dress shoes. Meredith Klein, 37, codirector of the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School, looked to her six years in Buenos Aires to describe what she saw. "Tiene onda," she said in Spanish: there was a good vibe. The dance was one of many workshops at the club associated with the four-day Philadelphia Tango Festival, which ends Monday.
April 5, 2012
Eduardo Luis Duhalde, Argentina's human-rights secretary and a prominent voice in denouncing abuses during the country's military dictatorship in the 1970s and 80s, died Tuesday in Buenos Aires. He had undergone surgery in February for an aortic aneurysm, and in recent days had suffered complications. Mr. Duhalde had been the country's human-rights secretary since 2003, when he was appointed by the late President Nestor Kirchner. At the start of the military dictatorship that lasted from 1976 to 1983, Argentina's authorities ordered Mr. Duhalde's capture and he went into exile in Spain.
February 26, 2012
Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood set up a high-stakes showdown in the semifinals of the Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz. Westwood erased an early deficit to beat Martin Laird, 3 and 2. McIlroy never trailed in beating Bae Sang-moon of South Korea by the same margin Saturday. They play each other in the semifinals Sunday morning, each with a shot at No. 1 in the world if they go on to win this World Golf Championship. ROWING: The Schuylkill Navy honored the following at the annual awards banquet: coach of the year, Mike Brown , Merion Mercy Academy; masters of the year, Theresa Savard , Philadelphia Girls' Rowing Club, and Ted Trocky , Malta Boat Club; and athletes of the year, Megan Walsh and Catherine Reddick , Vesper Boat Club, and Joe Spencer and Steve Kasprzyk , Penn Athletic Club, and Jason Read , Temple University and Penn Athletic Club.
February 24, 2012 |
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Argentina's deadliest train accident in decades was foreseeable and preventable, the nation's auditor general complained Thursday, saying that years of failed safety tests and other problems had given the government more than enough reason to cancel the train operator's concession. Others pointed to high-level corruption: years-old allegations still awaiting trial that a former transportation secretary took free vacations and other gifts from executives of the Trains of Buenos Aires company in exchange for favorable treatment.
February 23, 2012 |
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - The first two cars were packed as usual for the morning rush, so tightly that people stood pressed flesh to flesh, sandwiched between bicycles and the few seats, many without so much as a strap to hold on to. This train didn't lurch, though. It had trouble stopping at all, overshooting platform after platform and missing at least one station entirely as it rushed toward the end of the line. The train didn't come to a halt until it had slammed into a metal barrier at Buenos Aires' Once station.