July 9, 2012 by Leah
Since the internet is cooperating enough today to post photos, here is a visual tour of the sights we’ve seen in Buenos Aires yesterday and today.
Every Sunday, in the old neighborhood of San Telmo, there’s a huge antiques market with tango performances and street food. This is a neighborhood where foreign students and backpackers often stay. Tali found an English used book store, and I did my best to resist the urge to buy old cameos and pocket watches.
As the sun set, we walked around Puerto Madero, the newest, most modern part of Buenos Aires. In this neighborhood, many of the streets are named for women (apparently the city decided the street names were unbalanced gender-wise and made an effort to correct it). Feminism! Behind us is the beautiful Puente de la Mujer (The Women’s Bridge).
This morning Pedro took us to La Boca, a poor neighborhood that is historically Italian with probably the biggest tourist trap in the whole city: a few streets with the neighborhood’s characteristic super-colorful houses made of corrugated metal. There’s tango dancers and other street performers, restaurants, artists, and this old community house that Tali is posing in (now converted to tourist shops, of course). Still, I enjoyed it. It’s vibrant and fun, if you can embrace your own identity as a tourist and let yourself enjoy it.
Next we visited the very famous Cementerio de la Recoleta. In this cemetery there are no graves or even grass–only mausoleums. They go for rows and rows, each one designed according to the preferences of the family who built it. (There were even some Art Deco designs!) Apparently a common fear of visitors is getting lost and trapped in the cemetery after it closes, and it’s not difficult to see why.
The most popular site in the cemetery is the tomb of Eva Peron, or “Evita.”
Afterwards, Tali and I finally sampled some street food by sharing a chori (short for chorizo) with chimichuri sauce. It was delicious, as you can see from the looks on our faces.
This afternoon we walked around Palermo Viejo, also known as “Palermo Soho” due to its resemblance to a certain New York neighborhood. Tali and I scouted for Americans amidst the crowds of yuppies and had cafe con leche and a sandwich at a cafe staffed by Argentinian hipster dudes.
I would like to report that my Spanish skills are coming back to me and Tali is soaking up vocabulary like a sponge. We both wish we could have brought more fashionable clothes with us, since we stick out like sore thumbs next to the uber-chic residents of Buenos Aires. Guess that’s the price you pay for packing light! (I’m sure we’ll feel better in our quick-dry pants and hiking boots once we’re trekking through Bolivia and Peru…)
On the roster for tonight? TANGO!