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The land of Tango!

April 24, 2010
Tourist area of La Boca

Tourist area of La Boca


Our exploration of Buenos Aires took us to La Boca, an old immigrant neighborhood that was the home to many Italians as they got off the ship.  The area we visited was built from random materials that were gathered and painted with many bright colors, in the immigrant tradition.  

Tango in La Boca

Tango in La Boca


We parked by one of the two large futbol stadiums in the city – Estadio Boca Juniors and set out down the cobblestone streets with specific instructions to stay on certain streets.  Otherwise, it was a danger zone.  So, off we went nosing through shops, looking at art along the way and watching tango dancers in the street.  We purchased several items including a couple of tango CDs, including songs from the legend Carlos Gardel.  To be here was to disappear into a dreamy exotic world.  

Tango on the Street

Tango on the Street


While in La Boca one of the tango dancers grabbed me with hopes of learning some new tango steps.  🙂  The photo below verifies my claim. 

I started to give a Tango lesson

I started to give a Tango lesson


Our tour eventually took us all over including back through Puerto Madero.  Eventually we arrived at the San Telmo street fair.  Local artisans sold their wares along the street with all sorts of displays offering hand made crafts, art, leather goods and antiques.  It ran for many blocks.  Our Italian buddy from NY was with us for a while and pointed out many antiques that were probably those brought by the Nazis who escaped to Argentina toward the end of World War II.  I was able to find a nice Gucci watch that worked…$30.  Later, we saw a marionette show on the street.  We eventually walked back to our hotel – about 50 blocks. 

Marionette show in San Telmo

Marionette show in San Telmo


The evening was the highlight.  We went to El Querandi, a charming tangueria where dinner was served followed by a theatrical tango.  The music was magical.  The theater was an distinguished space built in 1920 and we were seated about 30 feet from the stage.  It was an intoxicating experience watching the radiant dancers move with perfect synchronization, fluid, held together, faces inches apart, by an invisible magnetism.  The melodies were melancholy yet sensual.  We could see the faces so clearly and the passion of the moment was exhausting.  Words are dull compared to the elegance of tango. 

Tango at El Querandi

Tango at El Querandi


So, after the show it was back to the hotel.  Another day came to an end well after 1am.  I am beginning to see a pattern to life in Rio and Buenos Aires… 

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 25, 2010 7:48 pm

    As always, great pictures!!!!! Do you really know how to tango? I have always wanted to try dancing, all sorts, salsa, tango, swing, etc… I am just getting back into to town and blogging, and I have missed so much! I am looking forward to delving into your most recent travels!


    • May 26, 2010 10:53 am

      Thanks for the comment… and welcome back! No, I do not know how to tango. It is such an intricate dance where the two partners need to work together to be fluid. Many times their legs were moving in sync with quick, graceful steps – then the routine would switch up with unbelievable moves where one partner’s legs wrapped around the other partner or crossed between the other partner’s legs. It is hard to describe… but some of the moves left me in awe.

  2. March 4, 2013 1:29 pm

    Magnificent. Lovely blog, I enjoy it so much, thanks for following me RB, I appreciate it so much. Would not wnt to miss out on your wonderful
    pics and travels. I have been a few places, too, Europe for the most part where I spent a year , I can relate to the wonder.

    • March 4, 2013 1:39 pm

      Thanks for the nice comment. I have been tardy when it comes to blogging. I hope to get back into gear soon. Your kind words are encouraging.

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