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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Buenos Aires The night of the museums 2016

9:57 AM John Boyle
Oct 31st is a special night in Buenos Aires. 180 museums will throw open their doors from 8 pm until 3am free of charge. And if you download the night of the museums buspass that will also be free.
So this cultural extravaganza is a must for any tourists in town at the moment.
  You will also be able to enjoy live music and theatre at many locations. You can visit the world tango museum, or board the frigate Sarmiento. With 180 locations to choose from the city is yours for the night
Free Bus Pass

For those who want to get around to various sites across the city, the major bus lines will allow museum goers to ride free as long as you have a copy of the La Noche de Los Museos bus pass.
While some of the city’s largest and most popular museums such as MALBAEl Museo de Bella Artes and the Natural Science Museum participate, they typically attract big crowds and might be better left until after midnight or another day.
With over 180 museums participating in every neighborhood of the city, it’s impossible to see it all. To search for specific events or to do a search by neighborhood, see the guide linked below.
The evening begins at 8 p.m. and ends at a rather tame 3 a.m. for nocturnal Buenos Aires.
View the La Noche de los Museos Map
La Noche de Los Museos Guide
October 31, 2015
Time 8 p.m. — 3 a.m.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The best English speaking tours and transfers company in Buenos Aires

11:14 AM John Boyle
    When you make a trip to Argentina there is so much to plan and arrange. Argentina is relatively new as a tourist destination so many of the tips you would normally get from previous travelers may not be available.
    Well imagine a company that could take care of all your needs, we believe we have created that very company.
     We began in 2004 as www.myspaceba.com which rents furnished apartments to tourists and Bussiness people coming to Buenos Aires. We now have on our website more than 200 fully furnished apartments located in all the best neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires.
       In 2007 we added www.bataxis.com to this and began to make airport transfers in Buenos Aires for people who wanted English speaking drivers.
       Then due to public demand we added the now wildly popular city tours. Five hours tours taking in all the sights and history of Buenos Aires. Checkout our tripadvisor reviews below.
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       We then added San Isidro and Tigre Delta tours. And day trip to Estancias (ranches).
        Buenos Aires is always changing and we do our best to change with it. So when Buenos Aires became a major cruise ship destination we quickly realised that one of the major problems for tourists was what to do with their luggage when they left the ship and wanted to go to Iguazu waterfalls for example. The cost of bringing all their luggage of an internal flight would be tantamount to open wallet surgery. So we started www.storageba.com which enabled people to combine luggage storage with airport transfers. They could be collected from the ship and taken to Aep or EZE and leave their luggage in our safe keeping.
       One of the keys to running a successful Bussiness I have learned is to be able to say OnlyWe.
By that I mean Only We offer such a complete and comprehensive service that can take care of all your needs.
        We can be contacted for apartment rentals by email at info@myspaceba.com
Or for tours transfers and luggage storage at info@bataxis.com
Telephone is 00541147933496
My name is John Boyle and I hope you have enjoyed my article.



Monday, July 11, 2016

A tale of two heroes Maradona and Gaza.

2:34 PM John Boyle
It won't be long now. One day soon we will wake up to the news that the wayward footballer Paul Gascoinge has died. His body will have finally given up the ghost and his sad pathetic fight against alcoholism will be over. People will say how sad it was and that there was nothing that could have been done to help him. But is that really true?.
  I have lived the last 12 years in Buenos Aires and in those years another wayward star has almost managed to drink himself to death on two occasions. You may have heard of him Diego Maradona.
On both occasions he was so close to deaths door that the state stepped in. They sectioned him and shipped him to rehab in Cuba under the watchful eye of Fidel Castro.
   Although he fell off the wagon the first time the second time was a success and he has gone on to manage the national team aswell as a string of coaching contacts in the Middle East.
   Is Gazas life so worthless that no one will step up. He was hailed to the heavens when he was scoring wonder goals. And now people and the state and his old drinking buddy's Chris Evans and Danny Baker just look the other way.
This is not just a tale of two wayward footballers but also of two different cultures and how they deal with certain issues. Sadly for Paul he is past his sell by date and of no political value so he faces a sad lonely death.



Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Argentinas wasted Kirchner decade and new beginning.

10:18 AM John Boyle
 In November of 2015 Argentina ended 12 years of Kirchnerism and Peronism with one mighty blow and returned the economy back toward the free market and away from protectionism.
The government of Cristina Kitchener had sailed against the wind for 8 solid years and 12 if you count the four years of her husband Nestor before her. She followed the ideology of Jaun Peron to the letter and financed it with shameless corruption. In order to keep the poor on board she ran the printing presses day and night printing an endless supply of pesos to meet pay demands. The flood of pesos led to rampant inflation and more pay demands which were met with more freshly printed bills.
   Meanwhile any hard currency US Dollars that came into the country were being milked off and dished out in kick backs to all the peronists bigwigs and hangers on.
   But things were about to unravel, slowly at first but in the end a tidal wave of corruption allegations would sweep her from power.
   One of the first major blows to her government came on 22 of Feb 2012 when a commuter train pulled into Once train station with more than 1000 passengers on board. It's entire breaking system failed and the train plowed into the buffers leaving 51 dead and more than 700 injured. 
  The public were outraged and the transport minister Ricardo Jaime was thrown to the wolves. 
It was quickly discovered that despite coming from a humble beginning that he had acquired his own private jet and Yacht  and that his wife and daughters had inexplicable amounts of money in their bank accounts. The health and safety funds of the rail network had been embezzled.
  The government liked to stall all investigations by handing them to their own in house judge (Oyabide) and he would do just that "Investigate " all told he investigated cases endlessly, so endlessly that none ever reached a court room. When the new government took office he quickly resigned and ran off with his ill gotten gains.
   Now Nestor Kirchner hailed from the province of Santa Cruz 0.4 % of Argentinas population live in this province but 12% of government building contracts were issued from here. 
   And mostly to Nestor Kirchners friend former bank clerk Lazaro Baez. The Kirchners used Baez as a means to embezzle untold millions out of the country into tax havens. To give an idea of how much may have been involved Baez has now been found to own more than 140 homes many of these are large estancias. And he is not the top of the food chain,those above him took far more.
  But it is the latest revelations that have really called time on the Kirchner ideology and even has it most ardent supporters screaming for blood.
  One of the heads of planning for the full 12 years of the Kirchner government Jose Lopez was in the small hours of the 14th of June 2016 caught trying to hide almost 9 Million dollars and a machine gun in the grounds of a monastery in the province of Buenos Aires. His paranoia had got the better of him and he become convinced the police were going to raid his house so chose to try and bury his illicit gains some where safe. Unfortunately for him a neighbor alerted the police to a man throwing sacks of money into the grounds of the convent at 3am. And the rest is pure soap opera.
   Meanwhile the new president Mauricio Macri has taken over and is desperately trying to calm the inflation and balance Argentinas books. Argentina has a huge amount of its economy under the table so to speak. So raising taxes would only hit those who are already paying taxes. So he has gone for a catch all approach and has hit water electricity and gas as well as petrol and cigarettes.
  The result has been a sharp contraction in spending from everybody on everything. The Macri honey moon is clearly over and the people are wondering if the medicine will cure or kill the patient. Argentines are not accustomed to thinking long term. But the first green shoots are beginning to appear as the long dead housing market is beginning to recover. Macri plans to be able to issue a million mortgages in his four year term. This in itself will transform Argentina.
He has also removed the hated U$D160 dollar visa fee the US citizens had to pay to enter Argentina.
And cruise ship passengers will now pay the Argentine port entry fee of U$S14 only at one port and not each port of call.
  Further good news for next year comes in the form of budget airline Ryanair buying Andes air to create Argentinas first budget airline. Prices for flying here internally have always been an outrage.
   It is also estimated that as much as 400 Billion dollars of Argentina money has been filtered out to safe havens or is in Banco de La Mattress as Argentines say. Macri plans an amnesty to allow this money to return and with interest rates in the US and Europe at record lows he may be very successful. Argentina has everything but the confidence of its own people and Macri will have his work cut out to change that way of thinking. But the alternative is the return of the corruption and the peronists. There is a saying here that rings very true.
That the peronists love the poor so much that they keep creating more of them.
And that in a nut shell is why Macri must succeed.


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