Tango on the streets....

Trip Start Jan 04, 2008
Trip End Apr 08, 2008

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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

So what are my favorite things about Buenos Aires? 

The delightful pair of couchsurfers we are staying with, tango in the streets, the Tierra Santa theme park, the delectable servings of red meat that are about the size of my upper arm, and certainly not least, the Evita museum.  Buenos Aires is a big city...very  international....a strongly European feel...lots of Italians, in fact it seems to me that Spanish is spoken with an Italian edge.  Many people here have Italian grandparents...or Spanish.  People were immigrating here just as they were to NYC except I think, a little earlier in time.  And  the immigrants are credited with working hard to make the city what it is today  Of course the old working-class Italian section is my favorite...it's where the Boca Stadium is - the best soccer team in the world, I'm told.  But the colors on the buildings here are an eye feast....we're told that the people here bought (or stole) one can at a time and simply painted a section of their house that color.  So you end up with a house of many colors...and a neighborhood with a flair...which is a beautiful thing.  This is no doubt a colorful neighborhood....still working class and with tourist appeal mixed in....
So what is Tierra Santa?  The photos will give you a good idea.  Not to be missed on a visit to Buenos Aires.  Only one like it I know of.   Life-like statues of everybody you might have found in Jerusalem around Bible time.   And it's not a hoax or a mockery of any sort ...there are people here deeply feeling the religious scene...and then there are people just appreciating the spectacle that it is.  And there are little shows...just like in Disney.  My favorite is the Resurrection.  To the tune of Alleluia, Jesus, way larger than life, rises up slowly from a big rock mountain, opens and close his eyes, turns his head, and then when he's all resurrected, he goes back down into the rock.  Happens every twenty minutes or so.  And once again, as much as this is not my religious groove, and we're talking fake mannequins here, I'm moved by the enormity of the event and by other peoples involvement in it.  And then of course, we have the other stories including Creation (Adam and Eve arise from the earth amidst green laser light, the stations of the Cross, the Crucifixion, and the Last Supper... even the Pope and Mother Teresa show up...also got the Wailing Wall, a mosque, a few representations of other faiths, although only to a minor extent....it's all here in a fake Jerusalem on the edge of this modern city.  
And Eva Perron....what more can you say?  Great museum to learn about her short life....videos, photographs, clothing....the woman was quite a dresser...and apparently pretty charismatic... sad this powerful woman died at 33...she awoke passion in people, from unity to anger and dissent.  .i can't help thinking the whole while, how much she looks like Madonna....
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