Editor’s Note: Matador member Valerie Ng recently took a sabbatical from her job to set off on a trip around Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. She happened to land in Buenos Aires at an historic moment. She sent us this dispatch today.
Arriving in Buenos Aires on March 31, I happened to find myself in Argentina’s capital during a momentous time. The very night I arrived, Raul Alfonsin, the country’s first democratically-elected president after the “Dirty War,” the country’s 1976-1983 period of military rule, fell gravely ill as a result of lung cancer.