by Frank Trotter
I was sitting on a Peruvian horse – a Paso Peruano – in a dry riverbed headed 24 miles down valley from Cafayate, Argentina, to Colalao del Valle. The two Argentines I rode between were mixing their basic English with my rudimentary Spanish to make a passionate point.
“We are so excited by [Mauricio] Macri’s election. He has already made major changes that are good and more are coming. I think the future is very bright for Argentina.”
“No matter what you think of Obama, his visit here is a big deal here,” said another Argentine later to a friend, “This opens the door for participating in the global economy.”
Some version of these two conversations occurred over and over again as I spoke with both Salteños and Porteños, two different and usually conflicting groups, during my recent visit to Argentina.