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SHARKHUNTERS International
2017 "South American Expedition
 

 

For those who have never been to Buenos Aires before, this will give you a little background.  It has been called the "Paris of the South" and with good reason.

So come along for this introductory part of the expedition.

Photo left is the breakfast room in the Hotel Centro Naval, a very nice hotel run by the Argentine Navy.

Below left - scenery on the drive from the airport.

Below right - today the University of Engineering but during the Peroń era, this was one of Evita's welfare offices to give money away which all but bankrupted the country.

     
 
     
 
     

Above and below.....

 

.....more of the beauty of Buenos Aires

     
 
     
 
     

Above and below.....

 

.....even more of the beauty of Buenos Aires

    Not an easy job - the things I do for Sharkhunters.....
 
     
 

Our friend HECTOR SPINELLI, Member #7940 with his friend Dante and Dante's mother Rose Teresa - a delightful lady with much history.

 

The original tool set in the trunk of Dante's immaculate older BWM which is equally immaculate.  Dante is justifiably proud of this powder blue beauty.

     
 

Here in the beautiful Plaza San Martin

 

is a tree older than our nation

     

Having a great lunch with my good friend Dr. EDUARDO GERDING, Member #6895, a retired Argentina Navy officer and at the end of this month (March 2017) also a retired doctor.

After a lot of stonewalling by Argentine Admirals more than a decade ago about German U-Boats in Argentine waters, it was EDUARDO who contacted us and told us to keep digging.  We kept digging and you see the results - we found a great deal of proof of U-Boat activity in Argentine waters during and well after the end of the war and we proved the Adolf Hitler and thousands of others of the Third Reich escaped to this beautiful country.

 


Next we have a look at the Plaza Hotel - once the finest hotel in all South America and today, still one of the most magnificent.  When I was there in 2015 I found the manager and explained who I was and what I was researching.  Senora Rodriguez was pleasant and helpful.  I told her that my research indicated that Martin Bormann lived in this hotel for a few years after the war - with two young women.  Without batting an eye, she said:
"Yes.  In room 740, the Presidential Suite.  He lived here for some years but I don't know anything about the young women."

They all knew about Bormann living there after the war!  I asked why this information was not in the brochure about the hotel and she said that this was not the kind of publicity they wanted.  Following are some photos of this magnificent hotel.

 
     
 

Above left and right - this is only the carport

 

where you drive in for the lobby door

No, I do not stay here.   But I sure wish I could afford it!
     
There is much more to see here.    
 
The very exclusive Navy Club
just across the street from my hotel
  Sadly - not everyone has reservations
     
 
     
 

Sadly, the homeless problem in Buenos Aires appears to be growing.  They do not bother anyone aside from begging.

One thing that Argentina has in huge quantities are 1960's era Ford Falcons - they are everywhere and in all conditions.  I chose this one to shoot because it is green.  So what, right?

Four or five decades ago in the dark days of dictatorship here in Argentina, the most feared thing to see in front of your house was the "Falcon Verde" - the green Falcon.  The Secret Police used green Falcons and we are told that many who were put into a "Falcon Verde" by the Secret Police were never seen again; thousands of people.  Back then, keeping one's mouth shut about politics was a really good idea!

The next day I had an interview with a production studio that was filming a series about the German U-Boats in Argentina waters.  It was very interesting and when it airs, we will let you know.

 
     

The guy in the photo above left must mean something to somebody but what?  And to whom?  Reminds me of a boss I had many years ago.  Leila is not only beautiful, she is a producer at the studio that did our interview for NatGeo.

She is also the one who drove me to the studio, about 45 minutes of really wild driving through Buenos Aires.  In all my years driving the superspeedways like this photo right where I am in my #17 passing the #19 at about 190mph - nothing compares to 45 minutes in rush hour traffic in Buenos Aires!  Keep in mind that the speed limit signs, stop signs, traffic lights are merely suggestions and the lines down the street are just modern art!  Leila got us there alive and without bending any tin on anyone's car.

 



 




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