My Lense; Argentina

“We have everything that a country needs; good earth, lakes and rivers, forests and mountains.” Exclaimed the young woman, seemingly exasperated by listing all that her country had to offer, before her boyfriend took up the thread; “Yes, we are lucky to have both natural beauty and a city like Buenos Aires. Only a few decades ago, Argentina was one of the richest countries in the world. But the country is ran by a bunch of old, conservative people. They are scared of change and won’t let the next generation take the reins and move the country forward.”

That, I already knew was true. Our guide during a tour of Buenos Aires’ famous Palacio Barolo had nostalgically referred to Argentina’s status as a global agricultural superpower in the early 20th century, the same force that had enabled Luis Barolo to finance the construction of that dazzling tower.

I met that couple on a bus from the Uruguay to Buenos Aires. They had just returned from a trip to Germany, and like so many other Argentineans I met, loved to have a good complain about the state of things in their country.

And for the most part, I agreed. From some of the most beautiful streets in the Capital to the dilapidated villages of Northern Argentina, from the helpful people found on its local buses to its arrogant shop owners in its richer, more touristy towns, Argentina seemed to contradict itself at every turn.

“So Argentina or Brazil?” I asked the couple as we said goodbye in Buenos Aires’ central bus terminal.
They grinned wickedly and responded in unison: “Ah, of course us. We will always be better than Brazil!”

And so, despite everything, as long as that unfailing pride in their land is there, I think Argentina will do just fine.

˜ Enjoy my collection of shots titled; Argentina, A Land of Contradictions ˜

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Cerro de los Siete Colores (7-colour Mountain)
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Pumamarca, Northern Argentina
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Hills surrounding Pumamarca
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Views on the way to Mt Fitzroy
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Mt Fitzroy
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La Laguna de Los Tres
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On the way to Mt Fitzroy, Patagonia
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Perito Moreno Glacier
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Body of water, Perito Moreno Glacier
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Peaks surrounding the Perito Moreno Glacier
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Cerro Otto, Bariloche, Argentina

11 thoughts on “My Lense; Argentina

    1. Hi Vanessa. Thank you even more for dropping by and leaving behind your words on my blog 🙂
      If you are into hiking, Patagonia is everything they say it is and more; my photos merely catch a glimpse of their true grandeur!

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  1. Argentinian people are world famous for their arrogance and always thinking that their country is the best in the world! Sometimes, it’s heartening, because as you say, as long as they feel that way, Argentina will survive even the worst government (although, as all of bad governments these days, they should overthrow it!). Sometimes, it’s frustrating because they sound like they can’t truly see the beauty in other places.
    But we love them still, don’t we?! 😉

    Argentina is SUCH a beautiful, diverse, complex and impressive country. You successfully showed it through this series of pictures.

    You might enjoy seeing some of mine too…
    https://lespetitspasdejuls.wordpress.com/destinations-travelled/south-america/argentina/

    Happy wanderings!
    Jul’

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      1. Thanks, Nav. Es and I have been busy, but hope to return to our travels in the near future. In the meantime, I continue to enjoy reading of your adventures. Cheers!

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