Beware of the city, it's hungry and cold can't be controlled, it is mad.
Those who are fools are swallowed up whole and those who are not become what they should become changed.
In short they go bad.
Bad is good for me. I'm bored so clean and so ignored.
I've only been predictable respectable. Birds fly out of here so why oh why oh why the Hell can't I: I only want variety of society.
I wanna be a part of B.A. Buenos Aires, Big Apple. –Madonna, from Eva Paron
A couple of weeks ago now, since I’m extremely behind on informing you of my adventures, our group traveled to
At the boat dock we went through customs and got an Argentine stamp in our passports (my second stamp! Can you tell I’m excited?). The boat we got on was very large and very fast and was very enjoyable. If you look on a map, it travels from
That evening we went to a Tango dinner and show. We chose three courses from a menu of wonderful food and enjoyed it in pleasant company and in a wonderful atmosphere. I had some more Argentine beef and wasn’t as impressed as I had been in the Thai restaurant, but it was still very good. After dessert, we watched a performance of tango which went through several acts depicting the history of the dance as it developed from being something only dancing by forlorn Spanish men amongst themselves imitating their desires for women to the national dance of
The next morning, we got on a bus for a driving tour of the city. We weren’t able to get off much and in all honesty I fell asleep at some point in the second half of the tour, but hopefully I will mention all the highlights. We started with the Avenida de 9 de Julio with is 7 lanes wide in either direction possibly making it the widest city street in the world. In the middle of the avenue stands an Obelisk commemorating Argentine independence. We stopped at the Plaza de Mayo to look around. This is the historical center of the city and the Casa Rosada (instead of a Whitehouse, they have a Pinkhouse) where the president works. Some of us went into a Catholic church on one side of the square and were amazed by all the intricate artwork and tiling and display inside. The Plaza is also historically a place of large public gathering and protest, most notably by women marching in response to people who have gone missing during a dictatorship in the not so distant past. Back aboard our bus, we drove by soccer stadium of one of the neighborhoods and remarked how the Coca Cola sponsorship symbol is in different colors so as to not be in the colors of their rivals! They take soccer seriously down here.
Thus ends the first part of my Buenos Aires Blog. More information and pictures later.