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  • We Made the Dean’s List

    LATAM Airlines Group, comprised of LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines, was just named “The Best Airline for Students, Latin Market.” That’s according to StudentUniverse, the world’s leading travel booking site for students and youth.

  • Exploring an Outdoor Art Gallery in Buenos Aires

    Living in Buenos Aires is like living in an open-air art gallery where the exhibitions don’t change – they simply accumulate, slowly crowding the city walls with larger-than-life murals and bold stencils that seem to appear overnight. On a recent tour with Buenos Aires Street Art, our guide, Sophia, explains the phenomenon in the simplest terms: “It’s really easy to paint here,” she says. “It’s really easy to get a wall.”

  • Photo: Spectacularly original rooftop show that uses the towering walls in Buenos Aires buildings

    A Breathtaking Rooftop Show in Buenos Aires

    If there’s one thing you shouldn’t miss in Buenos Aires right now, it’s this. Al Ver Verás / Música Para Mirar (Music to Watch) is a spectacularly original rooftop show that uses the towering walls in Buenos Aires buildings as blank canvases on which to project images and animation set to live music performances and DJ-spun tracks. Hard to picture? That’s what I thought, too. But it’s magical: you just have to see it for yourself.

  • A Quick Getaway to Uruguay: Colonia del Sacramento

    Though it’s just an hour away from Buenos Aires, you’ll need your passport to travel: Colonia del Sacramento, across the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires, is the gateway to Uruguay. Many travelers come to Argentina with intentions of visiting the historic riverside town, settled by the Portuguese in 1680. And they always ask the same questions — how, why, when, and what is there to do there? Without further adieu, let’s address these frequently asked questions.

  • Wing Woman: Making Flying to South America with LAN Safe and Fun

    Sara Umana does not look like what most people expect to see in the role of Lead Technician, Line Maintenance (ATM Engineer). But the Colombia native (now living in Miami) is exactly that. She is one of a handful of females with aviation maintenance training and certification for the Boeing 787. She works on the planes that fly daily to South America and help business people and tourists reach their destinations. She’s been with LATAM Airlines Group since 2008, and in honor of Women’s History Month, we’d like you to meet her.

  • Photo: By Emanuel Rodriguez, in Magazine Photos by: Manuel Bomheker Intense, attractive and fresh, but with strong links to its past, Córdoba – Argentina’s second city – is much more than a stopover en route to the surrounding mountains. Two children holding hands welcome travelers arriving in Córdoba. Behind them is the outline of the sierras and the skyline of the city that lies at their feet. The work of maestro Antonio Seguí, “Los niños urbanos” is one of several sculptures scattered throughout Argentina’s second most populous city. Forever playing in front of the Pajas Blancas Airport, “The City’s Children” speak to Córdoba’s fun-loving and discreetly rebellious spirit, as well as the indomitable joy that fuels the city’s cultural scene. Legend has it that the origins of this spirit were inherited from the Comechigones, an indigenous people known for their music, in particular the tonada, and their sense of humor. The gentle rhythm of the tonada can be heard in the speech of anyone native to Córdoba. The melodious pitch of the syllable before the one that’s stressed is a reflection of identity and something of a mission statement: the people of Córdoba don’t talk, they sing. The local sense of humor becomes apparent soon after, when a bit of familiarity has been established. Anything, no matter how insignificant, is potential material for a joke. A motorcycle stops due to a mechanical problem, the driver gets off and gives it a few kicks and the motor starts up again. Someone yells out, “You’re quite the expert!” This irreverent spirit, this defiance of hard times, is a big part of the Córdoba way of life. More than 400 miles away, in Buenos Aires, someone would sing a tango about the broken-down motorcycle and to the woman who couldn’t handle the situation and left. The man from Córdoba simply kicks the motorcycle and takes off to dance a cuarteto, laughing at the joke made by the onlooker. For years, Córdoba entertained visitors with a tour of its Jesuit legacy and then sent them off to the heavenly landscape of the nearby mountains. Tourists would stop almost out of sense of obligation to the city’s history before quickly moving on. But in recent years, the city has shaken off its reputation as a museum with a great view of the mountains, offering a wide range of attractions to woo tourists into staying more than a few days. Glorious Obsession Córdoba is a city of obsessions: any successful part of its identity is taken to an extreme. Once the hot destination for religious orders on missions, Córdoba is packed with churches. Home to Argentina’s only university for 200 years, the city was famous for its erudition, and folks here still use “doctor” as a respectful form of address. Even though you don’t have a doctorate, you can expect a waiter to come to your table and ask, “What can I get for you, Doctor?” Córdoba is also the birthplace of the cuarteto, and the city’s dancehalls outnumber even the bell towers. There’s a loving obsession with history, and the cultural scene that isn’t focused on popular music concentrates on revisiting the city’s past and the major events that have shaped its four centuries of existence. Walking through downtown is like traveling back in time, with the World Heritage Site of the Manzana Jesuítica, the former rectory of the university, and other landmarks of a people that celebrate their history. In the southern part of the city, the neighborhood of Nueva Córdoba is a hub for the bustle of student life. Young people from all over the country live in brick buildings near the Ciudad Universitaria and have transformed the area into a 24-hour nightclub. It’s the perfect place for running wild, opening yourself up to the possibilities of the night. In the space of just a few blocks, Córdoba becomes a variety of different cities and traditions tied together in chaotic co-existence by the boldness of the young residents On one end of the neighborhood, you’ll find the Museo Evita Palacio Ferreyra, a charming mansion once owned by an aristocratic family, bearing the family’s surname as well as the nickname of Eva Perón, a move so typical of Córdoba, as though the city insisted on both sides of the coin. From the museum’s balcony, you can see parts of Parque Sarmiento and Parque de las Tejas, verdant spaces that attract recreation-minded residents, who come to sip mate or to dance. Between the two parks, there’s a polar bear that reflects another of the city’s obsessions: mistakes. The sculpture was commissioned in the 1970s for the inauguration of the Puente Antártida, in the north of the city. As the unveiling approached, someone pointed out that there are no polar bears in Antarctica. The unveiling was postponed, and the sculpture was immediately transported elsewhere. The bear became a walking mystery, moving from plaza to plaza and inspiring urban legends. Today, it looks out onto the city as if waiting for an explanation. Natural Bohemia All cities have their sentimental side, that special something that evokes an emotional response in visitors. Barrio Güermes fills this role with culinary offerings ranging from traditional to gourmet, afternoons spent browsing the folk art in the Paseo de las Artes and the fine selections of the antique shops and, finally, a taste of indie nightlife. A new bohemian spirit is growing amid the smells of sahumerio (the incense burned during Catholic mass), empanadas and choripán (sausage sandwiches). Experience this retro evolution for yourself at La Cova del Drac, where the bartender has the distinct advantage of knowing how to talk soccer. The neighborhood is a great cross-section of Córdoba’s various characteristics, from the contrasts between the pop elegance of its shops and the post-colonial style of its buildings, from the relaxing music played at its restaurants to the reminders of the city’s African heritage every time a street musician plays a drum. There are plenty of ways enjoy the many local charms. Less than an hour from the city, you can treat yourself to a meal and a show amid the landscape of the sierra. Examples include El Gran Vadori Posta Serrana – try the braised ribs with sundried tomato pesto – or Rio Arriba, a cultural center where it isn’t uncommon to spot famous Argentinean musicians enjoying the fireplace (in the winter) or the tree-laden balconies (in the summer). Today, Córdoba is deeply involved in a love affair with literature, with improvised book fairs set up in parks and a generation of new writers making a name for themselves on the regional scene. In the heart of the downtown area, visit Paseo Santa Catalina and take advantage of the terrific bookstores. Recommend local authors? Federico Falco, Carlos Schilling, Sergio Gaiteri and Eugenia Almeida are the new architects of a city that seems set on redefining itself based on the same foundation, achieving a certain epic quality along the way. Like the children in the sculpture that welcomes visitors at the airport, Córdoba will continue to play this cheerful yet rebellious game, while taking time to admire the scenery. in

    Córdoba

    By Emanuel Rodriguez, in Magazine
    Photos by: Manuel Bomheker

    Intense, attractive and fresh, but with strong links to its past, Córdoba – Argentina’s second city – is much more than a stopover en route to the surrounding mountains.

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