Dirty War-Proceso Special Edition

Hi guys, on the anniversary of the Coup D’ Etat of 1976, which is marked under the name “Memory Day for Truth and Justice”, we bring the first three parts of our documentary series from last year, in one full, 70-min episode.

The only part missing would be the 10-min 4th part, which is bilingual and available on our website.

 

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Argentine Asado: A Newcomer’s Perspective

[Guest post by Nathan Mullin’s – recent arrival to Buenos Aires]

I have come to participate in an “asado”, on a few occasions while in Argentina.   From what I can tell, the best translation for this word would be “barbecue”. But it’s not a barbecue.  Like a barbecue, an asado is much more than just a way to cook meat.  It combines delicious, easy to prepare food with the company of friends and family.

Now, that’s what you would likely read on a travel blog about Argentine customs. After living here for a bit, though, I feel as though I have a slightly different perspective.  From what I’ve seen, the purpose of an asado ranges, from a way to fill up before going clubbing, to a mid-work meal, there is no wrong way to do an asado. Although I’ve heard that on The Buenos Aires Podcast that there are Laws of Asado…

One of my first experiences with asado occurred just the other night. I was with a group of friends at a local apartment complex.  Thirty to forty people joined us as we all drank an assortment of alcohol in preparation to go out clubbing.  All the while a few local guys were preparing massive steaks over a charcoal grill.  Once the steaks were finished, they were cut into little cubes so everyone could try them.  The meat was delicious, but frankly the pounds of salt that was marinated in ruined it.  I choked down a few pieces, and chalked it up to experience.

I’ve quickly found that not all asados are created equal.  It would be silly to expect the same quality from a guy cooking from his apartment’s shared grill as a chef at a five-star restaurant.  Honestly, though, the meat is so tender and delicious here that it is difficult to screw up.  In fact, walking into work today I noticed an asado occurring on the street.  Some construction guys had thrown charcoal into a dirty wheelbarrow, and added some fencing over it to act as a grill.  Even with such a terrible way to cook food, it smelled and looked delicious.

Though the asado may take some time to grow on me, I thoroughly enjoy the company.  An asado seems more like an excuse to get together, rather than just a way to feed people when they are together.  In time, and with better preparation, the asado may take barbecue’s spot in my heart, or rather, stomach.

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Recap: Meet the Suegros

Recalling a piece we aired along S2E10…

Thanks expat blogger and journalist Karina Martínez-Carte for playing Kelly!

Based on an idea by our team member Jon Brandt.

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Nightlife in Buenos Aires – Kika

[guest post by Nathan Mullins]

Kika: A club for the adventurous

As I stood in the line of club-going Americans and dressed-down locals, I couldn’t help but think I was out of place. Luckily, were “on the list” due to a club promoting friend, and got in without charge.  If possible, I highly recommend that you make friends with a club promoter. While in the club, we were overrun with security.  We had to walk through a metal detector, as well as submit to a very thorough frisking… nothing like the USA.  Once we were determined to not be a threat, we were allowed to pack ourselves in the club with the rest of Buenos Aires.

You see, this was a very special night for Kika.  Apparently a very important local DJ, of whom I have never heard, was making a guest appearance.  Let me tell you, this isn’t your typical bar or club type of music (at least to my mid-western ears).  We were promised to hear the samplings of the local “dubstep” scene, and we heard just that.  If you don’t know, dubstep is a very new wave of music, which has made its way through Europe, to the U.S. and now all the way to Buenos Aires.  It is characterized by a hard, chest-thumping beat, with a “wobbly” bass.  Naturally it is very popular.

So here we are, a group of wide-eyed Americans trying to get a feel for the real Buenos Aires. In hindsight, this was not the best place to be with that goal. Because it is a very special type of music, it attracted a very special type of person.  The rebellious teenager with dreadlocks, the techno geek with light up glasses, and the hipsters, some of whom were disgusted to think that Americans were there, showed up in full force. Despite sticking out like a sore thumb, I ended up having a pretty good time.  Though I think I left with a misguided theory on what the youth in Buenos Aires is really like, I have expanded my horizons a bit. I may not have had the best time going out, but I learned something new.  So, if you’re trying to get a grip on the “real” Buenos Aires, you may find it a more difficult task than expected.  I recommend trying out places like this, and with enough luck, you’ll end up with more than you set out for.

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