Diego Maradona: The Man, the Myth

Diego Maradona colorful portrait

Diego Maradona will be remembered as one of the greatest sport legends in Argentina’s history. He led a tumultuous personal life with troubled romantic relationships, illegitimate children in various countries …

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Gauchito Gil in Buenos Aires

←continued from Gauchito Gil—Argentina’s Gaucho Saint In the bleak part of the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Chacarita, in a tree-lined plaza just outside the country’s largest cemetery, a cluster of …

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The Irish at the End of the World

Picture of Ireland's flag.

“The first thing to note is that in my son’s veins flowed the blood of the Irish rebels.”—Ernesto Guevara Lynch, speaking of his son, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara. Everyone knows the …

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Italians & La Dolce Vita in Argentina

Italians in Argentina: Language and Cuisine

They say that Argentines are Italians who happen to speak Spanish. With several waves of immigrants arriving from the boot-shaped nation since Argentina won independence from Spain, it seems every …

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Gauchito Gil: Argentina’s Cowboy Saint

Folk Saint. War hero. Outlaw deserter. Dubious myth. Antonio Mamerto Gil Núñez, better known as “Gauchito Gil” is the colorful figure who represents many things to many different people in his native Argentina. Imagine Robin Hood meets patriotic soldier meets protective Saint and you will have some idea of the many sentiments this mercurial character elicits in Argentine popular culture