Where El Apóstol was made and released in 1917, the first animated feature length film ever, by Quirino Cristiani. An Argentine named Domingo Liotta created the first total artificial heart used in a human. Argentine women have the highest number of plastic surgeries per person in the world. The country also has the highest number of psychologists per capita in the world. It has the highest literacy rate in South America. The highest point in the Southern Hemisphere, and is home to the highest (49.1°C/120.4°F) and coldest (-32.8°C/-27°F) ever recorded temperatures in South America. The first country to use fingerprinting as a method of identification, and they got a successful conviction out of it, too. The third largest beef producer and fifth largest wine producer in the world. Five Argentineans have won the Nobel Prize. Public transport is more popular than cars. Home of tango, the dance, not the drink. Although, after doing some digging, I found out that the drink named Tango was created by Corona, a company founded in Wales. And Argentina is famous for having a large Welsh settlement, after Michael D. Jones had the idea to create a ‘little Wales beyond Wales’. The settlement and Corona were founded about the same time, too, circa 1865. It’s as if they were destined to be together. A circle of life. From tango to tango, like the dance itself, where else could we be other than Argentina.
The Argentine Republic is a federal republic in southeastern South America, bordered by Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile. It has a population of 41 million and its name is derived from the Latin argentum, meaning, “silver”. The central emblem of the flag is a symbol of Argentina. The blue represents loyalty to the House of Bourbon and does not represent anything else. Their motto is, ‘En unión y libertad’ or ‘In unity and freedom’.
Sights include the paradise of The Ibera Wetlands. The many wine regions, if that’s your thing. Not me. Wine is yucky. Countless mountains that look alien and so breathtakingly beautiful. The capital, Buenos Aires, captivating, seductive and exciting, and the city of Salta, a wonderful mix of old and new. The amazing Pre-Inca ruins of Tilcara, utterly gorgeous. And La Boca. Every building is a multitude of different shades, oh my word, it’s a mesmeric orgy of a million bright colours, almost like an explosion of joy.
The sight that’s taken my breath away more than any other is San Carlos de Bariloche. A city in the province of Río Negro. Nestling in the foothills of the Andes on the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake in a park. In particular, the views over that park. I don’t know what to say. It’s so ethereal, just mind-blowingly wonderful. One of the greatest and most unknown places on Earth. What a marvellous and stunning sight, for a marvellous and stunning country. Take a bow, Argentina. You’re pretty special.
Argentina. The country of otherworldly delight, dance and Wales.
Photos: The flag of Argentina and Nahuel Huapi Lake
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