Saturday, April 4, 2009

Cultural Relativism?

1. Parenting 101

It's seven at night and just dark enough so that the lit storefronts pop out along the street like someone took a neon yellow highlighter and marked his favorite markets, shoe stores, and cafes. Everything else slips back into shadow.

In front of the lit bakery is a small white dog, whose leash is tucked carelessly around the door handle. He stares up longingly at the treats in the display window, knowing they'll never be his, patiently waiting for his owner to make his purchases inside the shop.

The street is quiet and empty save for a stroller to the pooch's left. Surprisingly, the stroller does not have a leash that one could tuck carelessly around a door handle.

Neither does the baby inside of it.

2. Because you really don't have two coins to rub together

There a places you can go to get them, bags and bags of them, they say. Others buy them on the black market-- well maybe not the black market, but certainly a shade of gray.

Some claim they're shipped to Venezuela, melted down and sold for 10 times what they're worth here, that to get your hands on the really good, grade A stuff, you've got to want it. Desperately. You've got to know where to look.

The Kirchners clearly can't handle the situation. Or maybe they are the situation. A conspiracy to rid Argentina of that abhorrent thing called 'convenience.' Maybe they're working with the bus companies to suck the people dry.

The most naive say you can get them at your local bank.

But surely, that's an urban legend.


  1. Bella, I have no idea what you're writing about in this very mysterious entry but you've written it beautifully.

  2. haha thanks pete, its my cryptic rant about the national shortage of coins and how its driving me insane. In order to take the bus, you have to have coins. but no one has coins and those who do hoard them. its absurd.
    still, argentina i love you.

  3. (and the first part is about the temporarily abandoned child i saw in front of a bakery)

  4. You are quite an amazing writer, and I'm enjoying reading your blog. I hope you are enjoying Argentina as much as you did Spain. I'm living in Italy now, and it's not as wonderful as Spain, but I'm headed back to Madrid (again, I was there in February) for a week later this month, and I'm looking forward to it.


    p.s. I got both stories, and love the way you told them.