to Argentina ~ Part One
|By Peterson Conway VIII
in love with Argentina because it has the unique juxtaposition of a European
capital literally on the edge of the wild wild west. Colossal, café-lined
boulevards kept in line by magnificent Haussman architecture extends out
to one of the greatest expanses of the world, interrupted only by rivers
which throb out of the Andean Massif. Said in one breath, Argentina harbors
two dominating characteristics at first glance: sheer size and the
dazzling energy of the people.
If you flipped
Argentina horizontally, you would get four time zones out of it east to
|Just as diverse,
the financial industry is abuzz with Argentine mentions and the local scuttlebutt
is that the country's undervalued wines are soon to be passion of England.
In a country where one can fly fish on Titan rivers, hike through rain
forests and climb icy volcanoes with hot chocolate huts up the side, Argentina
is best described by its people.
Or more specifically,
through the awesome energy of Argentina's human element: at two in the
morning grandmothers can be seen sharing ice creams with toddlers, parents
not yet out from dinner.
Along the chic
Recoletta neighborhood giant fig trees, some with branches that extend
hundred feet horizontally with the support of pillars, shade plazas filled
with people sipping cafés and arguing about Eva Peron. Taxi
drivers will insult their government to no end, offering up such theoretical
infusions that there's a difference between communism and Marxism, but
punctuate it with personal questions, until finally they invite you to
watch a football match with them.
|They are very
simply the nicest people you will ever meet. The common person has
a surprising amount of knowledge about his country's fascinating history.
They are proud of its size and will often ask the newly arrived what other
parts of the country they have seen.
portion of the southern cone region translates, north to south, into a
copious range of climates: Rain forests in northeast, dry wine growing
regions along the cordillera, rich pasture land around the capital's pampas,
high desert in the south and glacier filled skiing and teeming a Pacific
on either side. The land is dotted with enclaves of Welsh farmers,
Italian port workers, Spanish estancianeros, British railroad byrons and
their offshoot mixtures of polo players, financial analysts and of course,
romantics, caught in a seeming endless embrace with tango and longing.
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is true: in the first few minutes of conversation they will squeeze
in that they hold a Spanish passport (though they may have never even
left the country before) and with a longing voice talk about their
relatives in Portugal. It is a country oozing with nostalgia and
of this deep gene pool, and expanse of natural resource, a burgeoning economy
has come alive. For the first time in decades families and companies
are keeping their money in the country. Privatizations have streamlined
infrastructure and famous real estate powerhouses like George Soros and
telecommunication giants like Ted Turner are coming to Argentina. Examples
of both explain why: Soros bought a building which he rents just
the sign on top of it to Chrysler for $300,000 a year alone. Meanwhile,
to Turner's delight, Argentina boasts the highest per capita cable connectivity
in the world --behind only the United States and Canada!
has been one long bumper crop. At any level, even on the family scale,
small to medium-sized estancias support themselves (trucks, horses,
lavish weekends, employees to boot!).
such as Cargill and Dell have been here for years and now Argentine beef,
surely the richest in the world, is being exported to the heavily regulated
US market. One particular success story tells of a family owned beer company
worth 10 million dollars eleven years ago and worth over 3 billion now.
One analyst, writing for The Economist shelved his usually summary of numbers
and simply remarked: "One just has the feeling that things are
happening in Argentina: the planes to and from regional cities are
full, cranes are sweeping the skyline and shopping malls are busy."
Look out, he alerted, Argentina is afoot.
& Opportunity -
lingering effects of Argentina's recession and its current double digit
unemployment, work is remarkably easy to obtain in Argentina for foreigners.
|It still takes
an aggressive heart, from passing out resumes at English institutes to
running the weekend "hash" --a well connected group of young people
(18 to 35yrs of age) who put together a run for all levels every
weekend often with a BBQ at the end. The group is a known resource
for various opportunities in the capital; undoubtedly you will hear of
it quickly upon arrival. Regardless, due to a rich infusion of foreign
capital, companies are scrambling to assemble ground crews to run their
operations. This has provided a downstream outlet for foreigners
bring language capability and if possible, coupled with local know-how.
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