November brought changes in every corner of Argentine life. From porteños in shorts to a surprising new president, the month quickly melted away like a 1/4 kilo of helado in the increasingly potent sun.
Balmy weather and fragrant Jacaranda blossoms brought people out to the parks and plazas – and as to be expected in an Argentine spring, unexpected thunderstorms occasionally sent them running back home. Secondary students finished their exams and banged celebratory drums until the early hours, while their older counterparts enjoyed the city’s festivals of equality and jazz.
While most news and dinner table chat was about the election, we also looked into the curious growth of Saddleback Church here in Buenos Aires, the new Argentine Netflix, and ongoing protests against rampant police violence. Right before we could congratulate the Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo on recovering the119th missing grandchild, we dove into how Caminos de la Villa took on the incredible project of mapping the villas when no one else would.
When it was time to decide, Argentines voted for “change.” Mauricio Macri became president elect on the 22nd, prompting different kinds of tears in the two candidate bunkers. Not long after locals returned to work with hopes (or fears) of political change, ex-pats and their hungry friends sat down in honour of Thanksgiving, and a delayed feriado gave eager sunbathers the chance to redden their noses.
This was our ever-changing November.
All photos by Reilly Ryan.