The Whiskey Chronicles (in Buenos Aires)

The Whiskey Chronicles (in Buenos Aires)

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Election Time for the Penguina

Sunday is election day here in Argentina. President Nestor Kirchner's wife, Cristina Fernandez, looks headed to a comfortable first-round win. My preview of the mixed legacy her husband is likely to hand her can be found here.

A few of us in the Argentine journalism community have taken a special point of pride in not using the words "Hillary" or "Evita" in these stories, although U.S. editors have probably pushed most of us to wedge them in somewhere. Fortunately mine didn't. The lack of debates or any other real drama in this three-month campaign hasn't made it easy to write about, but in a country where a "long-term" view usually means 12 months, it could be an interesting second term for los Kirchner.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Buenos Aires Update

It's been a long winter of no blogging here in Buenos Aires. We've been busy with visitors and the end of the year, Dana and I will probably have traveled to almost as many countries as we did with Chivas. In South America, we've only missed Paraguay and the Guyanas this year, but there's still time for that...

So far this winter and spring we've hosted soon-to-be newlyweds Sue and Tino, Bill's college roommate Brian and his wife Annie (above), Bill's mom and aunt from Brazil and Dana's cousin Chris, who singlehandedly doubled our iPod library. More of you will be on the way soon we hope.

It's also election week here in Argentina, so while Dana heads back to DC for a few days of work and a reunion at the Stanford house, Bill's going to be covering the almost inevitable victory of Cristina Kirchner, the current president's wife. More on that later. For now, we're posting a few photos from a busy winter/spring, including shots from our trip to the Boca Juniors-River Plate "superclasico" soccer game a few weeks ago.