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// FEBRUARY 2015
Patagonia. Lets go!
Buenos Aires
General Acha
San Carlos de Bariloche
Sarmiento
Rio Gallegos
El Chaltén
El Calafate
Puerto Natales
Punta Arenas
Ushuaia
Rio Gallegos
Comodoro Rivadavia
Puerto Madryn
Bahia Blanca
Buenos Aires
Esquel
Los Glaciares National Park
Torres del Paine National Park
Punta Delgada
Rio Grande
Puerto Pirámides
Punta Delgada
Valdes
Viedma

Buenos Aires


22nd of February 2015
…Off we go for Tango

 


We left behind us Bahia Blanca, we took the National 51, then we drove to National 3 and eventually we arrived at Buenos Aires.

With the temperature reaching the 31 degrees of the Celsius climax around noon in the center of Buenos Aires, we decided not to go to the Mar del Plata, but to enjoy our staying in the Capital city. Buenos Aires is the Capital city of Argentina and also the biggest port of the country. It is located at the South shore of Rio de la Plata, at the Southeast coast of South America, opposite Colonia Del Sacramento (Uruguay). Strongly influenced by the European Culture, Buenos Aires is often mentioned as the “Paris of the South” or “The Paris of South America”. It is one of the most perplex and amazing cities of Latin America, well known for its architecture, the intense night life and the plethora of its cultural events. It is also among the richest cities of Latin America, with a prosperous Middle Class and a great number of habitants that are highly educated. The city consists of 48 barrios (neighborhoods). The most colorful and well known of them are La Boca, San Telmo, Recoleta, Palermo and Puerto Madero. We found our hotel, the Esplendor Buenos Aires, at the center of the city. It was magical, a loft in the heart of the city, next to a pavement. We freshened up and off we left for Tango. Just like sushi in Japan, samba in Brazil and beer in Germany, tango too is a cultural artifact, which defines a country and at the same time is defined by it. By Argentina, in this case. Tango was born and grew here and, if one takes under consideration its huge cultural importance, it is an absolute “must” for all the tourists to try it at least once!

 


Tango in Argentina has its roots in the Milonga, a kind of dance prior to tango. The roots of the Milonga music are to be found in Europe and it was brought to the area of Rio de la Plata by European emigrants. The Milonga music is based mainly on improvisations. Through the years, certain steps were invented, in order to fit the music. This led to the birth of the Milonga style dance.

We first went on foot at a café, where amateurs were dancing, during the day, milonga in private. We had left the real professionals for our evening entertainment, when we would be visiting El Viejo Almacen .


Hidden secret!!!

 


In the evening, we found ourselves at a neighborhood which was not particularly inspiring, but it had a very well hidden secret. El Viejo Almacen attracts people from every single part of the world…

The show started in a warm and packed, literally, dancing hall at a low building. Four pairs of dancers spread their souls on the small dance floor, accompanied by a small orchestra. Young, slender, sweating bodies were swaying sensually, while the nostalgic, alluring music of the Argentinean tango was filling the atmosphere. We felt that we were carried away into a mesmerizing, voluptuous, once in a lifetime experience, full of passion and drama.
 


It is not accidental that Tango is considered as one of the most beautiful dances and there are many exquisite, wonderful things written about it.

…And, as Angeliki Sidira has written:

“Tango is just a dancing thought of sadness...
It's nothing but a doomed affair, a forbidden love...
It takes only two steps forwards to escape...
One step backwards, when the hesitation comes...
Two more steps forwards, the decision surely taken now...
Yet you are still haunted by nostalgia...
Yet you are still tortured by regrets...
Another step backwards into oblivion...
Another step backwards into past...
And so you are always swaying undetermined...
You never really reach all those utopic destinations of the heart...
It's all about pain and hesitation, in this relentless tango that you dance...”
 


23rd of February 2015

We prepare our suitcases, leave our hotel and go to the la boca area.
 


Beautiful neighborhood…

La Boca is a neighborhood, or “Barrio”, in Buenos Aires. It still has a strongly European flavor, with many of its first settlers coming from the Italian city of Genova. The conventional explanation as far as the neighborhood’s name is probably the fact that it is seated in the mouth (Boca in Spanish) of the river Riachuelo. It is a very popular destination for the tourists that visit Argentina. Boca is a pole of attraction, definitely, with its colorful houses and the Caminito, (the pedestrians’ road), where artists of tango dance and let the people have some photographs with them. Boca is also very well known among the football fans, since it is the “house” of the world famous football team of Boca Juniors. They host their matches at the Estadio Alberto J.Armando, more known as “La Bonbonera”, (“The box with the chocolates”, in Spanish).
 


Colors, aromas, crowds and Argentinians who dance… souvenirs, beers and Tango…

This is Buenos Aires…This is the dreamy picture which I will treasure for ever…  

Country: Argentina
Date: 2015
Route: Patagonia
Cities: Buenos Aires, General Acha, San Carlos de Bariloche, Sarmiento, Rio Gallegos, El Chaltén, El Calafate, Puerto Natales , Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Rio Gallegos, Comodoro Rivadavia, Puerto Madryn, Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires
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Country: Argentina
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Cities: Buenos Aires, General Acha, San Carlos de Bariloche, Sarmiento, Rio Gallegos, El Chaltén, El Calafate, Puerto Natales , Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Rio Gallegos, Comodoro Rivadavia, Puerto Madryn, Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires
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Country: Argentina
Date: 2015
Route: Patagonia
Cities: Buenos Aires, General Acha, San Carlos de Bariloche, Sarmiento, Rio Gallegos, El Chaltén, El Calafate, Puerto Natales , Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Rio Gallegos, Comodoro Rivadavia, Puerto Madryn, Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires
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