My first experience exchanging dollars to pesos in Argentina went surprisingly well. After over a decade of pegging the peso to the dollar (known as convertibilidad), most exchange places outside of downtown Buenos Aires had gone out of business. Also ATMs previously offered either pesos or dollars, but that’s not an option now. Everyone heads to the microcentro to exchange cash, so off we went too.Read More »argentina: free market peso, day 2
one step at a time…
This glossary accompanied the Argentina Experienced website (and later the abroad: ramblings from robert blog) in order to help readers understand terminology related to the 2001 crisis. Living through that period gave me a crash course in economics & local slang. Dive in!Read More »glossary: 2001 economic crisis
Amazing to think that when I wrote this post, Wikipedia had just come online with barebones content. Who knew how much it would grow?! All the info below can be found easily on the internet today, but in 2003 few English-language biographies of Argentine politicians existed. Hence this time-capsule resource…Read More »argentina: who’s that politician?
Amazing to think that when I wrote the following nine posts, Wikipedia had just come online with minimal content. Who knew how much it would grow?! All the info below can be found easily on the internet today, but in 2002-03 few English-language summaries of Argentine history & current events existed.
Beginning in the 1970s, each section brings you progressively closer to my first blog post about Argentina in Feb 2002. Monthly summaries give an almost day-by-day snippet of major headlines to show how quickly changes occurred both before & after devaluation in December 2001.Read More »argentina: recent history