Retiro Train Station

The Retiro Station in Buenos Aires is the terminus for three rail lines, Mitre, Belgrano and San Martin.  It was opened in 1915.  The steel structure was built in Liverpool, England, and assembled in Argentina.  It is located adjacent to the Retiro bus terminal, the primary long distance bus station for Buenos Aires.

Retiro Station-platform

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Tres Fronteras

Less than a mile west of the town of Puerto Iguazu, there is an impressive sight where the Iguazú River meets with the Paraná River.  This creates a “T” intersection with three land masses.  In this case, the three land masses are portions of 3 different countries.

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Cataratas del Iguazú

How can one describe Iguazú Falls (photos)?  We can begin with the facts and figures:

1.7 miles/2.7 kilometers long series of waterfalls

Average water flow of 61,660 cubic feet per second

Maximum recorded water flow of 452,000 cubic feet per second

275 discreet waterfalls (varies between 150 and 300 depending upon water flow)

Height of falls from 197 to 269 feet

Voted in 2011 as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature

East portion of the falls

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The Disappeared

During the 1970’s, various leftist Marxist groups in Argentina agitated for economic and social improvement.  Some of the groups carried out attacks on police and military targets and it’s thought that they were responsible for thousands of deaths through killings, kidnappings and bombings.  In 1975 the military and police were empowered to “annihilate” the left wing subversion.

For the Abuelas de Plaza de MayoIn 1976, the military removed the president and suspended the Congress.  The Dirty War was a period between 1976 and 1983 when Argentina was ruled by this military dictatorship.  During this time, the military actively sought out those that were considered to have participated in the earlier attacks on the government.  Anyone associated with activist groups, journalists, students and trade union members were kidnapped, tortured and killed.  Estimates are that as many as 30,000 people were killed during this period.  These were The Disappeared. Continue reading