Friday, 14 June, 2024

Argentina is so alluring. Rugged gauchos riding the pampas, the percussive heartbeat of the tango, the otherwordly beauty of Tierra del Fuego, the friendly passing of the yerba maté gourd. This South American country invites you to connect, to linger, to relax, and to explore.

A blend of old-world Europe — Buenos Aires is known as the ‘Paris of South America’ — and local flair, Argentina is like nowhere else. City skylines boast neoclassical, art nouveau, art deco, and baroque architecture. The streets are filled with the seductive melodies of cumbia and tango. Cafés buzz with conversations in Spanish, Italian, German, and Arabic. And the food! Empanadas and dulce de leche and milanesa and the best beef in the world drizzled with chimichurri.

There are breathtaking waterfalls, shockingly blue lakes, steppes, volcanoes, and glaciers that invite you to jump on a horse or bicycle, lace up your hiking boots, or bundle up for an ice climb. There are whales, seals, penguins, and the Train at the End of the World.

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In this episode, we talk about all the adventures that await in Argentina’s various geographical regions and learn the secret past of one of the most famous Argentines. Then we recommend five books that took us there on the page, including a historical novel set in the world of tango, a spy novel with feelings, a noir thriller set in 1950 Buenos Aires, an eerie short story collection, and a modern crime novel about the Buenos Aires elite. (show notes / transcript)

recommended books

The Gods of Tango

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Who Is Vera Kelly?

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A Quiet Flame

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Seven Empty Houses

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Betty Boo

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There are so many reasons to make Argentina your next big trip. Surely you know about the tango and outdoor adventures of Patagonia. But how about gauchos, glaciers, alfajores, and the Train at the End of the World?
Milanesa is like an Argentinian version of chicken-fried steak. It's beefy, it's crispy, it's altogether irresistible. Inspired by Italy, gauchos, and the beautiful pampas, it's a little Argentina in your kitchen.
Take a virtual trip to the land of Buenos Aires, the Pampas, and Tierra del Fuego with these unputdownable books set in Argentina. You'll feel big feelings and travel back in time alongside unforgettable characters.

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