Movie Monday: Tango is Alive in Argentina

Tango originated along the Rio de la Plata, the natural border between Argentina and Uruguay, in the 1890′s. The sultry dance was influenced by both European and African cultures, like the candombe dances performed by African slaves in Uruguay. Despite it’s widespread popularity and prevalence in mainstream Argentinian culture, tango was born in lower class “slum” districts… Continue reading Movie Monday: Tango is Alive in Argentina

Leaving Sixty-Nine Behind: Traveling to Country Number Seventy

Argentina beckons. In two weeks I’ll be strolling down the rambling streets of Buenos Aires, visiting the land of gauchos, estancias, and the birthplace of the tango for the first time. Argentina will become my 70th country in the world to visit. I have mixed feelings about this number “70”, partly because 69 seems intriguing to many people (and… Continue reading Leaving Sixty-Nine Behind: Traveling to Country Number Seventy