After the storm in Esperanza
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After the storm in Esperanza

The World > South America > Argentina

Tag: storm, tree, rain

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A sunny morning got transformed into night, 100 km/h winds and 35-40 mm of rain falled by 10 minutes. Moments after the sun came out again: there was still water on the streets.

This take shows a tree that colapsed over a street light taking my phone cable with it.

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Immagini nelle vicinanze di Argentina

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A: obra en construccion Punto Mas Alto ph marcelo botta

di Marcelo Botta, 390 metri di distanza

obra en construccion Punto Mas Alto ph marcelo botta

B: Amanecer Frente al Palacio Stoessel, en Esperanza, Santa Fe

di Marcelo Botta, 420 metri di distanza

Dawn front Stoessel Plalace, in Esperanza, Santa Fe. It was builded in 1886 by Juan Stoessel. There w...

Amanecer Frente al Palacio Stoessel, en Esperanza, Santa Fe

D: Night view in front of Confitería Royal, in Esperanza, Santa Fe, Argentina.

di Marcelo Botta, 540 metri di distanza

Night view in front of the clasical Confitería Royal, in Esperanza, Santa Fe, Argentina.

Night view in front of Confitería Royal, in Esperanza, Santa Fe, Argentina.

E: Esperanza, Liceo Municipal José Pedroni - Santa Fe - Argentina - at night

di Marcelo Botta, 540 metri di distanza

Night view of the Liceo Municipal Jose Pedroni in Esperanza, Santa Fe, Argentina. Stood in front of a...

Esperanza, Liceo Municipal José Pedroni - Santa Fe - Argentina - at night

F: Esquina del Liceo Revisited

di Marcelo Botta, 550 metri di distanza

Esquina del Liceo Revisited

G: Night view of San Martin Square, in Esperanza, Santa Fe, Argentina.

di Marcelo Botta, 560 metri di distanza

Night view of San Martin Square, in Esperanza, Santa Fe, Argentina. Typical mid-week in autumn: none ...

Night view of San Martin Square, in Esperanza, Santa Fe, Argentina.

H: Monumento 100 Anios

di Marcelo Botta, 570 metri di distanza

Monumento 100 Anios

J: Night view outside Liceo & ITEC

di Marcelo Botta, 590 metri di distanza

Night view from cycles parking of Liceo Municipal and ITEC, in Esperanza, Santa Fe, Argentina.

Night view outside Liceo & ITEC

Questo panorama è stato scattato in Argentina

Questa è una vista generale di Argentina

Argentina didn't get to be the second-largest country in South America overnight. Archaeological remains found here date to some 9,000 years BC, left by the ancient Mesoamerican civilization. Early inhabitants were nomads and hunters who followed prehistoric horses and llamas. By the year 1480 AD the Incan empire had stretched to reach northern Argentina and the stage was set for contact.

The Europeans came in 1516 with Spanish explorer Juan Diaz do Solis, who claimed the area for Spain and tried to export a river of silver back to Europe. Wealth grew along with the cattle industry and after Napoleon conquered Spain, Argentina declared its independence and set up their own government. That was 1810 AD.

Argentina stayed neutral in WWI and for most of WWII, declaring war on the Axis powers only in 1945. Following the war, the country entered into a long chain of military dictatorships with only brief forays into constitutional government. The current president is Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who's been in office since December 2007.

Argentina is known for many things but the top of the list belongs to only two -- steak and the tango. Cattle graze on the abundant grasslands and produce some of the best beef in the world.  The climate is well-suited for vineyards as well, and Argentina's wines make a fine companion to their steak.

As for the tango, it has recently exploded to become a world famous dance with hotspots in every major city on the planet. It started in Buenos Aires in the middle of the nineteenth century, as the city was filling up with a mixture of European immigrants and porteños, people who were born in the port city. They melded their cultures of rhythm and harmony and came up with the tango, which has been described as the ultimate evolution of partnered dancing. And it's a great way to burn off your steak stupor. Food coma begone!

Text by Steve Smith.

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