9 February 2009

Congreso


I went on a school excursion inside the Congreso building last week. The Congress of the Argentine Nation is the legislative branch of the government of Argentina. Every week, sometimes several times a week, there is some sort of protest out the front with people firing rockets.

[Below] Note the heavy metal barrier which is permanently in front.


Upon entering the lobby I had to show my passport and have all the details recordred for identification and security purposes. Then, as with airports, I had to put my bag through the x-ray machine before entering. As it disappeared into the big box of radiation I walked through the metal-detecting door-frame. I beeped loudly but the armed security man just ushered me along without question or search. I have reason to believe their tight security is a little flawed.

The official goverment staff member conducting the tour only spoke Spanish. This didn't worry me at first - as having commenced my seventh week of classes I now have a modest comprehension of the language. But he spoke so fast, with a slur and a thick accent that I had trouble understanding anything at all. But here is what I learned:

[Below] These pillars are made from ice cream.


[Below] The grand entrance from the inside. The ceiling is 150 metres high and is designed for rock-climbing competitions between world leaders. Last year's winner is Kofi Annan.


[Below] These light-fittings were made in the eighties and were inspired by Madonna's conical breasts.



[Below] Red folding-chairs. Apparently these were won in a raffle at the 27th Annual International Congress Volleyball Competition (AICVC).


[Below] This is the room where Eva PerĂ³n smoked spliffs and played bingo with her friends. Note the bingo number-board along the back wall.

4 comments:

  1. Andreea05:16

    ... and your imagination has no limits :)

    I have an advice for you. Don't you want to start doing this stuff?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?hl=en&v=70jWPWBoySI&gl=US

    That can look very good in your CV :)

    Big hugs

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  2. haha...

    you know, it COULD be what the guide actually said!

    I just heard about the laughing club thing recently. Looks like loads of fun! I'd love to give it a go. Yay!!!

    besos :D

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  3. i like it a lot Ara!

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  4. Thanks Jeroen.
    Lots of love and light to you on your journeys, my friend :)

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