Hola amigos. That’s Spanish. Impressive, huh? If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll have noticed that I’m in Buenos Aires. And one of the things I’ve noticed about this city – and several other cities I’ve visited – is that there are a lot of streets named after countries.
Buenos Aires, though, is the only city where I’ve bothered to buy an A-Z street guide map thingy (mainly cos it was dirt-cheap and a woman was stood on the street selling them). I was having a little think: how many countries have streets named after them in this city? Being a bit of a fan of graphic representations of information, I gone done made a mappy thing.
The darkest brown represents countries which have streets named after them. The lightest brown is for countries which don’t. The middle brown is for countries which need notes attached, which will follow the full stop at the end of this sentence.
• Falkland Islands: There’s, obviously, a street called Malvinas Argentinas. Equally obviously, there isn’t a street called Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Mighty Great British Royal Bangers ‘n Mash Falklands Islands.
• São Tome & Príncipe: There’s a Santo Tomé but no y Príncipe.
• North and South Korea: There’s a Corea, but technically there’s no country called simply Korea.
• Czech Republic and Slovakia: There’s a Checoslovaquia.
• Yugoslavia: No such country any more, but there is a street called Yugoslavia. There are also streets called Croatia, Slovenia, and Montenegro. But I feel that it’d be slight unfair to punish Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, and Macedonia because they are kinda represented with Yugoslavia.
C’mon, it’s interesting! Isn’t it? Hey! Come back!