April 25, 2010
This leather bookmark shows Argentina, a mate and a couple dancing tango:
Mate (Spanish, also known as chimarrão (Portuguese), is a traditional South American infused drink. It is prepared from steeping dried leaves of yerba mate (llex paraguariensis) in hot water. It is the national drink in Uruguay, though Paraguay and Argentina also happen to claim nationality over the beverage, and drinking it is a common social practice in parts of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, eastern Bolivia, Lebanon and Syria.
It is considered to be a tradition typical of the “Gauchos”, term commonly used to describe residents of the South American pampas and Patagonian grasslands, found principally in parts of Argentina, Uruguay, Southern Chile, and Southern Region, Brazil.
February 13, 2010
My mom found a shop in our city where they sell leather bookmarks. They’re really good:
Early tango was known as tango criollo, or simply tango. Today, there are many tango dance styles, including Argentine Tango, Uruguayan Tango, Ballroom tango (American and International styles), Finnish tango and vintage tangos. What many consider to be the authentic tango is that closest to that originally danced in Argentina and Uruguay, though other types of tango have developed into mature dances in their own right.
In 2009, the Tango was declared a world heritage of humanity by UNESCO
Obelisco: The obelisk of Buenos Aires was built in May 1936 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first founding of the city. It is located in the center of the Plaza de la República (Republic Square), the spot where the Argentine flag was flown for the first time in Buenos Aires, at the intersection of Nueve de Julio and Corrientes avenues. Its total height is 67 meters (220 ft) and its base area is 49 square meters (530 square feet). It was designed by architect Alberto Prebisch, and its construction took barely four weeks.
Caminito: it’s a little street in La Boca (The Mouth), a neighbourhood of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires. It retains a strong European style, with many of its early settlers being from the Italian city of Genoa.