Ambassador of Argentina Pedro Villagra Delgado is also the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps which means he’s been in Australia in his ambassadorial role the longest of all the current HOMs (Heads of Mission) and I couldn’t imagine an official occasion without him.
As dean he’s a very senior ‘cab off the rank’ in the pomp and ceremony department of all things ceremonial and can count a few special encounters with royals, presidents and prime ministers during his Canberra posting. He’s a man of good humour, good company and good conversation as evidenced at the National Day of Argentina at the Albert Hall where he worked the room to meet and greet, welcoming his countrymen and acknowledging the wide range of politicians and locals by name.
Among the guests I enjoyed a mélange of material for stories and gossip with one about Kerry Packer I loved. He of course was a polo player, how good I don’t know but the fraternity of polo is huge in Argentina with my daughter taking a trip up country from Buenos Aries to have a go. So enamoured she wants to go back. I just hope she finds a rich horse owner if it gets serious. But I digress. Kerry P was happened upon by some Aussies when dining with his coterie of polo buddies and an offer was made to introduce him to the Australian ambassador in Buenos Aries, his response was why would he when he had enough friends already. Interestingly that ambassador was a woman.
But back to the host who doesn’t dance the tango - something we expect of Argentinians - not even to the subtle sounds of the orchestra from Katoomba whose tango tunes were enticing. But he does have in his top drawer of information about Argentina and particularly Buenos Aries a fabulous list of the where, what and why of all manner of things including tango dancing, good eating, mate tea, the truth about Eva Peron and the kind of history the tour operators aren’t going to tell you. Bucket list it might be, must visit it should be!