Happiness as Anarchy #154: Watching Chefs Cook

I love a seat at the bar in an open-kitchen restaurant. Casa San Juan has one of these and I had the pleasure of sitting there this evening. Not only were wine and food delicious (an oaked Chardonnay followed by a Pinot Noir by Salentin in the Valle de Uco in Mendoza, accompanying the gnocchi… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #154: Watching Chefs Cook

Happiness as Anarchy #153: Dancing as Anarchy

In the face of a looming election and economic crisis, the Argentines are hitting the streets with protest. The tango dancers are doing it to, in a gentle and connected way. Yesterday they held another Milonga Contra la Neoliberalismo (Dance Against Neoliberalism), outside in the Plaza Unidad Latinoamericano. All afternoon and into the night a… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #153: Dancing as Anarchy

Happiness as Anarchy #152: Spring days

Early spring brings with it such joy and hope, particularly when the sun comes out after a few chilly days. Everyone seems to be smiling and taking their time as they stroll down the street, hearts brightened by the bright blue sky and verdant green growth. I tried to be virtuous and go to Modern… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #152: Spring days

Happiness as Anarchy #151: Taking photographs

I learned to take photos on my parents’ 1970s Pentax SLR. The photos I took (especially on my first trip to Europe when I was 21) are still some of the best photos I’ve ever taken. There’s something special about the weight of an SLR camera that sharpens my eye and makes me frame an… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #151: Taking photographs

Happiness as Anarchy #149: Wine (again)

How I love a vinous adventure. Argentinian wine is not yet part of my expertise, thus I am enjoying discovering and exploring what the country has to offer. As is the case all over the world, there are lots of cheap and nasty wines here, however, step the budget up over $6 Australian dollars and… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #149: Wine (again)

Happiness as Anarchy #147: City Squish

I love the way old cities squash all their buildings in together over the centuries. So many different architectural periods jostling for space and light, like a strange forest of trees from different places. If you look carefully, you’ll see the ladder from the glass building to the top of the dome.

Happiness as Anarchy #146: Argentinian folk music

Contrary to popular belief, tango is not a national dance. It is specific to Buenos Aires, and even in the city, not everyone knows how to dance it. Most of the people in my tango classes are Argentinians rather than foreigners. There is a wonderful folk music tradition in Argentina with dancing, called folklórica. It… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #146: Argentinian folk music

Happiness as Anarchy #145: Looking up

There are so many intriguing and beautiful things floating above us in the skyline. It only takes looking up to find them. Fat clouds skipping across the sky, pigeon pairs talking to each other, intricate architectural details, and curious combinations. Although I constantly risk falling in a hole in the footpath, I can’t stop myself… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #145: Looking up

Happiness as Anarchy #144: Fierce Women

Looming large in the square outside the Centro Cultural Kirchener stands a statue of Juana Azurduy (1780-1862), heroine of independence, women’s rights, and equality in South America. The statue was installed in 2015, replacing a statue of Colombus and ruffling more than a few feathers. She stands fiercely outside the extraordinary new cultural centre that… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #144: Fierce Women