|Falklands war veterans protesting|
Although South Africa had recovered somewhat at the time we went to Argentina, the problems over there were far worse. They were at the mercy of bank loans they were unable to replay.
The Peso had devalued even more than our currency and Argentina became an affordable destination. Argentina is the same latitude as South Africa - and just across the ocean - so many South Africans jumped at the chance to be able to afford to travel.
It's always interesting to look back. At that time, no-one seemed particularly concerned that these two countries had been so hard hit by greedy bankers - and loans that created massive debt. However, now that rogue banking practices are affecting first world countries and the European Union is in crisis - suddenly there are calls for investigations and criminal charges to be laid against bankers. Debt is handled with kid gloves to ensure the survival of indebted countries.
The other background theme to this week long break was mass protests. Unions and various groups took to the streets banging - pots and pans - making a noise - against unemployment. Read more here. While we were in Argentina it was the turn of Argentine soldiers from the - Falklands War - who were protesting. They had tents in the central square and wanted people to know they felt betrayed by their government.
|Flea market in Recoletta area|
Once there, we knew we wanted to do our usual walkabout the city, take in the popular attractions and get a sense of who the locals were, how they lived, what they ate . . . that sort of thing. Here are a few handy links to help decide what you want to do - Trip Advisor, Lonely Planet, easy BA and wiki travel.
|Avenue 9th July - the widest road I have ever seen|
For more on other parts of the world go to the Greenie Travel Archive Page - here.