The Broaderview: Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Broaderview is a monthly series by broad Laura Turner, a Denver local traveling the world with Remote Year. Every month, Laura moves to a new country with approximately 60 other digital nomads. The Broaderview is a glimpse into the life of a local woman in each country, getting a sense of what it means to be a broad beyond the Mile High City. This month, Laura interviewed Tatiana “Tatu” Berghmans in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
By Laura Turner | Global Content Contributor
This month I visited Buenos Aires for the first time. This city has a history steeped in conflict and scourges of yellow fever in the 1800s but came out the other side of its violent past to currently be a hub of commerce in South America. Buenos Aires is a vibrant metropolis with almost 3 million Argentinians living here. I interviewed Tatiana “Tatu” Berghmans who seems like a perfect example of a millennial porteña (a person of the port, the nickname for people from Buenos Aires). Some of my interviews for the Broaderview have revealed striking differences between my American way of life and the women in various countries I met. In this case, I was surprised by the amount of similarities between Tatu and myself or any of my Colorado girl friends. Tatu is a food photographer for Namidan, an upscale sushi restaurant in Buenos Aires. She also started her own brand and has a sophisticated website of her work. Her Instagram account shows her passion for travel, food, and fun with friends.
Tatu has always had an interest in gastronomy. One of her first jobs after attending University of Cinema FUC, was with world renown Argentine chef, Francis Mallmann. Tatu started in the kitchen but then transitioned into food photography over the years. She drew upon skills from FUC but also gained practical experience. Most of her photography skills are self taught or gleaned male mentors. There still were not many women in gastronomy or in photography for her to emulate when she first began. Tatu confided, “I learned how to fail many times. Experience comes with many failures, and the main thing is to grow from those failures.” Someday Tatu hopes to own her own restaurant. She is confident in her abilities as an entrepreneur and confides she just needs to meet a few more people to sponsor her venture.
The high inflation rate in Argentina can also pose some issues for young entrepreneurs. In 2016 inflation skyrocketed up 40% and is currently at 25%. However, as Tatu nonchalantly said, “Inflation in Argentina is a crisis, but it also is normal for us. It teaches us to take care. To be prepared. If I want to open a business I will have to have a backbone. The market might go down three times, it also might go up three times. You learn to adapt and be ready for anything to happen.”