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From the Archives: The Way to Albamonte


It's Independence Day in Argentina, and I thought I'd celebrate from afar by re-posting the story of one of my all-time favorite Buenos Aires taxi adventures. I've been back to Albamonte many times since taxista Antonio dropped us off here, and I've never been disappointed.

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Buenos Aires Dispatch: Pizza and Steak Near the No-Zone

On her first day in Buenos Aires, exchange student Kira Lerner sat in a meeting room in the city center, raring to explore every corner of the Argentine capital. After a quick welcome activity, her program directors handed her a map of the city covered with big red x’s. These ...

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Déjà David

The Anglo-Irish novelist Elizabeth Bowen says that “experience isn’t interesting until it begins to repeat itself – in fact, till it does that, it hardly is experience.” I tried to keep this idea in mind when Cacho, an ex-butcher who started driving a taxi after the Argentine economy crashed in ...

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A Compromise at El Imperio

“It’s all taxistas and all they serve is fast food,” Guillermo, the thirty-something cabbie, shakes his gelled head, “It’s not a place for you. There’s no way I’m taking you there. ” “There” is Guillermo’s usual lunch spot: the gas station on the corner of Thames and Charcas in the ...

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