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I knew very little about the history of
Through the readings, lectures and especially in our tours of the city I have begun to understand the extreme significance of the mysterious figure of Eva Peron in Argentine history. She was beloved by many and yet hated by many others during her time influencing the governance and programs of
On one tour in particular, the importance of compañera Evita moved from words on a page or spoken in class to reality when we witnessed an old man recount his personal experiences with her. This took place at the CGT building that was given to the workers as a means for all of the unions to come together and unite. He shared his story of waiting in line for more than one and half days to see her body after she died of cancer. This man became very emotional and it was obvious that she had touched him with her social reforms that allowed others like him to enter other sectors of society that had eluded them before.
Evita allowed for the poor working class to participate in many parts of
It also seems to me that she acted largely out of revenge due to her past to get back at elite society. She may have hurt many aspects of this portion of society. However, what she did for the majority of the country was to provide a better life or at least a possibility of one.
Evita created a means for the working class to join society and enjoy the benefits of
One of the very first things that I noticed in
The interesting side of what I have witnessed is that there are apparently no leash laws of any kind, as many dogs with owners accompany them without any form of restraint. Also, there are many stray dogs that linger around restaurants and trash piles looking for a meal. Both the strays and the dogs with homes use the sidewalks and streets as toilets.
Just as you can find dogs across the city, you can find their droppings everywhere as well. I have had the great pleasure of stepping in it twice already. Dog owners have no problem letting their dog answer the call of nature in the middle of the street or sidewalk.
This in particular cannot be found in the
Another first impression that I shared upon entering the city was the number of pizzerias and other Italian restaurants I saw. In the taxi ride to the residencia we passed one pizza place after another. I had no idea what to expect when traveling for my first time out of the
After the first few lectures of class I came to realize why there was such a large Italian influence on the tastes of Argentines in
Again, there are pizzerias on almost every block. Italian foods remain very popular. It is also apparent that Argentines share a love for olives that top every pizza that I have had to date. Also, on a tour in