October was an interesting month here in Argentina. While we patiently waited for September’s rain to stop so we could revel in the beginnings of spring, October flew by relatively cold and grey, with just a few fleeting days of sunshine.
University students studied for exams, the country held its first ever presidential debate (where the front-runner didn’t show up), and jovial beer-drinkers trekked to Villa General Belgrano in Córdoba for Argentina’s very own Oktoberfest. Police violence escalated around the country and protesters retaliated after Barrick Gold spilled a million litres of cyanide into a river near their Veladero Mine. Argentina’s Rugby team made it to the semi-finals of the World Cup, and the first statue of Juan Domingo Perón went up in the capital.
On the 25th people all around the country voted and eagerly awaited the results of the presidential election. Results which, in typical Argentine fashion, defied expectations and made us wait another month to find a winner.
And while all of that happened people still walked their dogs, waited to pay bills at kioscos, smoked cigarettes and sipped mate, and hung their laundry out to dry. On the final night of the month – Halloween – ex-pats and study abroad students (and some Argentines) flocked to costume parties at touristy bars and before they made it home, we’d slipped into November.
This was October through our lens.
All photos by Reilly Ryan.