Here is a recent article written by the people at Gawker.com, “Buenos Aires Ruined by I-Bankers.”If you ever idly considered going to Buenos Aires to enjoy its humid subtropical climate, tango music, and world famous zoo, just forget it. The entire city is now populated by laid-off American bankers.
Apparently a visit to the Teatro Colon or a sightseeing stroll over to Pablo Neruda’s old house is now indistinguishable from a night at Bar Martignetti. Spencer Morgan’s weekly NYO profile of a quirkily enraging Manhattanite today introduces us to David Webb: former Goldman analyst, current chisel-jawed male model, Ivy League tennis star, and media party crashing friend of Neel Shah. David hopped on down to Buenos Aires for a couple weeks to just clear his head and shit, and what did he find? People exactly like himself:
“You’d start the day at a park and then run into five former bankers, and then you’d wind up at a bar and all of a sudden there would be 15 of them,” Mr. Webb said. “Ex-bankers, ex-traders, Lehman guys, Bear guys, everyone. Guys that got screwed by their job and came to a place where everything was cheap. It’s fuckin’ beautiful and the sun was going down at 9:30.”
If Juan Diaz de Solis would have known this was gonna happen back in 1516, he would have turned around and gone right back up the Rio de la Plata and left the whole mess to the native Charrua tribe. They hate bankers. (But they love male models!)
In related news, this video was featured in a Clarin article (the most widely read newspaper) about “Stories of US Expats who Fled to Argentina because of the Economic Crisis” seems like a perfect accompaniment.
http://www.clarin.com/diario/2009/03/21/um/m-01881483.htm (in Spanish)