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April 3, 2013 Featured Carousel, Personal, Travel 12 Comments

I just returned from visiting my mother in Buenos Aires. I spent beautiful days of late summer in my favorite city. The city of my growing up… the city that continues to tug at strings to bring me back as often as I am able to visit.

Below you will see images I took along my brief passing-through in order to capture the sights, smells, tastes and memories of the town I love…

The Colon theatre…

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The Plaza San Martin…

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Dancing Tango en Recoleta…

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Empanadas…

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Riding the colectivo…

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On my last day, before riding back to the airport, I took a picture (below) of my mother’s street in one of the neighborhoods of the capital. Little did I know that the same street was going to be fully inundated by torrential rain within the next 24 hours…

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As I was flying back to the USA, rain was falling in record amount. According to the Buenos Aires Herald:

The rain had started on Monday night, but it reached its maximum peak at dawn yesterday, with various sources reporting that between 140-190 millimetres of rain fell in only two hours, a record rainfall not seen in the month of April in at least 100 years.

Once, I arrived, I heard my mother’s voice mail on my cell phone, that water had flooded her  building and had entered her ground floor apartment. The water rose to 1 meter high and as she descended from her second floor bedroom area in the early morning hours was greeted by floating chairs and other belongings. The power had gone out sometime during the night. Armed with a flashlight, she was able to signal one of her neighbors (and her young son) with only a ground floor apartment to come and join her on the second floor. The neighborhood’s stores, including the grocery stores, butcher, fruit stands, etc were all flooded. The cars parked on the streets were all flooded and some were floating.

It is impossible to send household goods or clothing to help the people affected  due to shipping costs as well as post office (non-)reliance. I am planning on sending my mother money to help people most in need from her neighborhood.

I know that Argentina and Buenos Aires, might just be names on a map for you, but the city and its people are close to my heart. If you enjoy(ed) the free content, I provide(d) on Langwitches, a donation (any amount)  would surely be appreciated.

Thank you so much in advance!

The following video (found on YouTube) was filmed in my mother’s neighborhood of Nunez.


Update April 8, 2013:

Thank you to all who have contributed to the fund. I will be sending over $800 to Argentina into my mother’s care to distribute to neighbors in need due to the flood. It will directly help in paying for cleaning up, disinfecting walls, floors and furniture that is savable or go towards the purchase of beds, appliances and/or food. Thank you again for your generosity. Muchas gracias!

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  1. @mariealcock says:

    Flood in Buenos Aires left community in need. Please help and find out more at: http://t.co/YgB3otDg94

  2. Please read and help – Flood in Buenos Aires- Please Help | Langwitches Blog http://t.co/073srTgZvr

  3. @MARISSA2309 says:

    Flood in Buenos Aires- left my Grandma’s community in need. Please Help http://t.co/w3FYLGAwCd

  4. Flood in Buenos Aires- Please Help | Langwitches Blog http://t.co/vCJlopuaO1 This is Silvia’s Mother’s neighborhood!

  5. @MARISSA2309 says:

    Please help those in need in Buenos Aires. ANYTHING can help! http://t.co/w3FYLGAwCd

  6. Bena Kallick says:

    Please help those in need in Buenos Aires. ANYTHING can help! http://t.co/w3FYLGAwCd

  7. Eduardo. says:

    No para todos los que te leemos Argentina y Buenos Aires son nombres en un mapa. Necesitan nuestra ayuda.

    Nuestra solidaridad. Necesitan nuestra ayuda para sobreponerse a las tremendas inundaciones.

  8. Chrissy says:

    Oh my goodness, this just broke my heart! I remember so fondly sitting at the kitchen table with your Mum, eating breakfast and practising my spanish. It seems like yesterday when she opened her home so willingly to me for four days. I’ve just completed a donation online – it seems so little but I know that every little bit helps. Please give your Mum my love and thoughts! xxxxx

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  10. Heidi says:

    Es cierto, hace falta mucha ayuda, sobre todo si esa ayuda se puede canalizar por vías confiables.

  11. Bailey Baker says:

    Hey Mrs. Tolisano

    My name is Bailey Baker and I go to The University of South Alabama!
    Your pictures of the summer when you went to Buenos Aires are so beautiful!! Is photography just a hobby or a side job, because you are wonderful! I am very sorry to see that your mothers home and town were flooded!! : (

    That’s great however that you have been able to raise money to send back to your mother and neighbors! I hope everything works out ad send my prayers to your family!

    Thank you for sharing!
    Bailey Baker

  12. Karin Rosenthal says:

    Thank you so much for your help and interest.
    GRACIAS

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