Trip Start Mar 01, 2006
551Trip End Dec 01, 2007
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After I really woke up, I spent time reading guidebooks to try and see what my schedule would be in the coming months.
Even though I have extended my trip of a good 4 months, leaving me with six months... I still want to go to Uruguay, visit the north of Chile, and then Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela. That is quite a lot, there is not time to loose!
So I should leave for Uruguay on Tuesday, spend a week there, then come back for a few days to BsAs, and hit the road towards Santiago, with a fresh backpacker attitude!
After looking at all that, I went to the Museo of Bellas Artes, in the late afternoon. Recoletta is a lively place, especially on weekends: the cemetery is a well known tourist attraction, with the Pilar church just beside, the Recoletta cultural center which proposes a selection of performances, a very trendy mall with art and design galleries, incrusted with cafes and restaurants with names such as "Champs Elysees", and a vast area of plazas and small parks, where bands play, jugglers train, stalls sell all kind of artesanias.
I spent some time around there after the museum, observing the tarot reader and fortune teller in front of the cultural center.
The museum was quite good, with artwork from many names, even though there was often only a piece or two... but from this side of the Atlantic, it seemed impressive to me (Monet, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Rembrandt, Manet, Picasso, Klee, Cezanne, Chagall, Kandinsky, Miro, and quite a few heavier pieces by Rodin), giving an overview of European art throughout the centuries.
There was a very small precolombian section, still interesting but I am sure to see soon an extensive collection in Santiago de Chile.
The Argentine art part was varied and interesting too, with some currents already represented at the MALBA, other paintings typically South-American (at least it seems to me) with Rivera-style paintings. Uriburu and Lilian Porter seem to have a rightful place of importance, and I saw more Xul Solar paintings/drawings, I have to go and see his dedicated museum.
In the evening I went to the Cinema, something I never get to do while traveling and that I miss a lot. Swiss Raphaela had told me about a German film that she found really good, and it was good indeed: Das Leben Den Anderen, in German with Spanish subtitles. Really it is such a pleasure to see real Cinema.
The Argentines seem crazy about French cinema, the adds for the soon-to-be released movies were only about french movies, and the only one that was in English.... still was with a majority of frenchies.
After the movie I was sad for hours, nearly crying alone, on all these untold stories of women and men. Some would say that such was the horror of communism, but I felt an immense sadness at this reminder of how the human nature behaves in a human society, something universal that carries a lot of horror and generates a little bit of hope.
Often I have a problem here explaining how Europeans see Peace, how they have learned the price of hatred and simplification, and how they are still learning and constructing the future by trying to read their past, even when it hurts.
It seems that here they have a better conscience of what dictature is, while there we have a better conscience of what war between nations means. How long before we all forget again, that is the question.
Can't finish on that, so I will mention my last talk of the day, live from Ljubljana in Slovenia, with Anais my former roommate in Montreal. A new experience for her as a Teacher of French as a Foreign Language... now THAT is a traveler's job!