Day 12: Tango shoe shopping/ Another milonga!
Trip Start Nov 03, 2008
26Trip End Nov 18, 2008
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This is the day of ultimate tango shoe shopping! Katerina and I took the subway to check out a store that is renowned for tango shoes, Comme il Faut. Wow, were they gorgeous! The shoes are all stiletto and came in three heights. Now you might think that they are extremely uncomfortable, but they are great for dancing. Walking in them is less pleasant, especially on Buenos Aires sidewalks. Since their shoes have a hard sole, compared to our typical shoes in Minnesota which are soft sole, you can walk on the street if you want to risk falling to the ground and spraining your ankle. By the way, I am still dealing with the sore ankle from one of my first days when I did just that-fell flat on the sidewalk. My ankle is actually getting worse, but it doesn't hurt when I dance, only when I walk. So life is good!
Katerina and I both bought tango shoes. She was reluctant to do too much shopping because she likely needs foot surgery and would like to purchase more shoes after that is completed. But I already had my foot surgery and I am ready to go! So I did much more damage (financially) than I had planned, but boy, do I have some killer shoes. These shoes are in such hot demand in the states, that I am considering keeping two and selling two. Or maybe keeping three....or maybe keeping four.
We were lost one day last week and I asked someone for directions and it turned out he works for a well-known travel book company, Time-Out. He gave me his contact information and I later called him. Katerina and I met him for lunch today and he gave us some very good insights and said he would help us with rental places, etc. on our next trip to BsAs. The lunch was at a great little Peruvian restaurant called Chang Chang, not exactly my type of food, but I enjoyed it very much. I regret that we did not take a picture of our lunch together. Maybe some other time.
We also went to Bertie's for our final shoe fitting. We pick up our shoes up on Monday, so I will not be able to show them to you until I return. They are a much smarter pair of shoes that the stilettos that we purcchased and I will wear them often.
We went back for a nap, got ready and then went to another dinner/milonga in the Flores neighborhood called the La Baldoza milonga at 10 p.m. We knew Cesar was going to be there, but didn't realize that he is the Director of La Baldoza. Cesar took us around the building and showed us his club, meeting rooms, etc. I gave him an Obama shirt and an Obama pin and he loved it. He even wore it for a few dances. He is such a nice person.
We had two friends at the milonga, Cesar and Claude; you will remember that Claude is Kateina's tango instructor. So the women split up and Evelie and I sat with Cesar and one of his tango students and Katerina, Lynne and Kim sat with Claude.
We ordered dinner and proceeded to dance the night away. The dancing just couldn't be better. I danced with Cesar and other spectacular dancers. It is very frustrating when they speak so passionately about the way you dance, and you can't understand a word of what they are saying!!!! I have to learn Spanish!!!! A few men have spoken passionately about the dance and have said, "I love you, I love you, I love." They mean nothing more than they love to how I dance. It is their way of expressing that they love how you dance. They don't know how to speak English, so this is what they say. But it is even more precious when you hear their pronounciation of it. They don't "put moves on you." It is only the dance.
We got home at 4 a.m. and I was too wound up to even think about going to bed. I called my sister in L.A. and spoke with her for some time. I went to bed at 5 a.m. as the sun was coming up.
Another great day in BsAs!