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Published: February 9th 2012
Well a sad and somewhat disturbing day here in sunny and beautiful Buenos Aires.A young French photographer was stabbed and killed yesterday morning at about 8am in Plaza San Martin by a robber trying to steal his camera. Yes the same Plaza I was in on sunday and was in yestarday about noon!! The police surveillance video show the guy walking/running away and I think they arrested a 20 something year old guy but it does shake ones confidence about walking around with a camera. Part of me say's come on I brought cameras down here to take pics not leave them in my apartment and part of me say's it isn't worth it.I am leaning for some middle ground with a little more thought to concealing my camera when ever possible when walking and just bringing it out when actually taking a photo.Beunos Aires has lots of street crime with petty theft pretty much always a risk,I have a hidden wallet for money and a credit card which I use diligently.All the stores shutter up or put bars on their store fronts at night and security seems to be in the news with subway workers complaining about not enough police
and even the city government complaining about jurisdiction issues between federal and municipal police forces leaving areas uncovered. Big cities are big cities and one can not expect anything to be different here so please do not freak out Mother, I will be careful!!
On that note I have still been wandering around and have seen some lovely things.My mission the other day was to get some travel information for some trips I would like to take to Iguasu and Colonia.The travel agency had computer problems so I walked down to the Recoleta cemetary and surrounding area.The city is getting busier as summer holidays are ending and people are back at work so streets are busy and noisy. The sun shines though and it makes for interesting walking.I have been to a most amazing bookshop my father would thoroughly enjoy.It is in a converted theatre where great Tango singers and players performed in the day.There is a coffee shop on the stage and places through out in the balconies and private boxes for people to just sit and read.Check it out on Google "El Ateno" bookshop.
Yesterday I went to a photography exhibition at the Centro Cultural Borges
and just loved it. There were actually two exhibitions with the largest being Fotografia Artistica Y Documental, with lots of beautiful images from women photographers around the world. the second exhibition was a rock and roll photographer and there were lots of great images of rock icons being icons.
Today I am heading down to Plaza de Mayo to see the"Abuelas". The Abuelas are grandmothers who come out on Thursdays to demonstrate and demand answers to the questions remaining regarding the fate of their grandchildren who disappeared during the "Dirty War" that went on during the military dictatorship here. 30,000 people disappeared as well as many children and babies who were born in captivity or orphaned when their parents were taken and killed and subsequently the children were given away to military families or others. The Abuleas demand answers, and justice for those responsible.
My trips further afield are coming together and I will likely go soon to see some other sights, I am aware of the trime winding down slowly but surely!!
That is it for now ,take care of you all.
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