The good airs of Buenos Aires
Trip Start Jan 04, 2013
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First impressions of Buenos Aires?
Its hot! We've definitely left the wind and the rain and thunder behind and revel in the sun once again!
How friendly are the people! Every time we stop to look, think and decide, there are people offering their assistance and direction!
Music is in the air! On the colourful metro are often buskers who play anything from sax to contra bass, making the efficient and for us main mode of transport here, even nicer. Of course then there's the tango, which this place is famous for. We had luck to arrive on a Sunday just in time for the atmospheric San Telmo antique market, where we also caught our first tango show. It is a dance of passion, of expressive movements and postures that seem just on the limit of with-held passion, every dancing couple wears expressions of being utterly in love. Our ignorant eyes detected no specific steps, its such an intricate and beautiful dance.
San Telmo, which was our home for a week, is the oldest part of BA, still preserving many colonial buildings, there's a lot of urban art everywhere on the walls, and cafes, antique shops, street markets.
We met a lot of great people in our hostel (more like a hotel actually) and spent a great social week filled with fun and adventure.
During the days we took a few trips to explore the city.
One of the most memorable of those was to the Recoleta Cemetery, where Evita is buried. A gorgeous mini-city of tombs and tomb-stones amid greenery, it was a fascinating place to get lost in, to peek through cob-webbed gates into dark and eerie chambers filled with coffins and flowers, crucifixes and urns.
We also enjoyed the day in Caminito, in Boca, where the government has bought up and created a block of houses from the past. Its the most photographed part of BA with its colourful houses and mannequins portraying times long gone.
Today Buenos Aires is not very different from any western city, but the first joyous impressions will always stick with us.