Back to Buenos Aires, and man does it feel good. We rented a small one bedroom apartment for the five days in BA we have left before meeting the crew in Cusco.
The apartment was located in roughly the same neighborhood we had stayed in before but this time we were more in the thick of it, Palermo-Hollywood. The apartment was cute, cozy, and brand new. Best of all, we had our own space and our own kitchen for the same cost as a hostel downtown.
It wasn't until around 7pm when we got to the apartment, met our host Mateo, got the keys and settled into our new place. We took it easy that night, stopping at the grocery store to pick up our week's rations and listened to the A's win yet another game.
In the morning we were up for a workout at the small gym at our apartment. After we showered and ate, we were out the door with one mission and one mission alone; to finally see the grave of Eva Peron. We had made a trip to the Recoleta cemetery before, which is a sight in and of itself, however, were unable to find Evita's grave because we didn't realize she was buried with her family Duarte.
After a long walk to the cemetery, we snake through the maze of tombs until we finally found her's. It was relatively unspectacular, but it was moving to see her final resting place and all the flowers and wreaths that adorned her tomb. She truly was and still is a much loved figure in Argentina. We headed back to our place and relaxed for the rest of the evening.
On Tuesday after a nice long run through one of the many beautiful lush city parks, we ventured out to check out areas of the city we hadn't yet seen. We put together a makeshift walking tour and took in the sights, through Abasto, the neighborhood with many clubs designed for the dance that made Argentina famous, The tango. The famous Argentine Tango singer Carlos Gardel is the most famous name in the area and many streets, statues, and mosaics celebrate his name and likeness.
After a brief stop off back at the apartment it was back out to make our way over to the contemporary art museum. The museum itself is a pretty cool building, however, it was rather small and the 20th century Latin American section was closed off, therefore no Frida or Diego for us. They did have a rather unique if not confusing exhibit of potatos hooked up to electrical sources and in varying stages of decay. Strange.
What was cool, however, was the very colorful and creative paintings from the Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes. I'm a bit obsessed with her work, will have to try and pick one up at some point.
After a full day of walking, we headed back to our place to clean ourselves up for date night! On the agenda tonight, dinner and a couple glasses of wine, followed by a night at the comedy club in San Telmo. One night a week at a restaurant and night club they perform GinGo! Comedy in Argentina, completely in English. Hey, why not?
There were four performers in all; some much better than others. After an hour and a half of several good laughs, we were packing it up and ready to call it a night.
Another day in beautiful Buenos Aires. Today was our day to check off La Boca. La Boca, or "The mouth", is a vibrant, colorful, working class neighborhood. The houses are painted all sorts of bright, bold colors; as many of the houses were erected from scraps of metal left over from the nearby shipyard. The neighborhood buzzes with all sorts of activity, tango dancers twirling in restaurants and cafes and throngs of cheering fans at the blue and gold La Boca soccer stadium.
We spent a couple hours strolling the streets of La Boca until we were ready to head back for dinner. We had another lovely meal at home and rested for the evening. We packed up and bought a couple final bottles of Argentinian wine for our upcoming Salkantay trek.
Adrian resolved himself to stay awake for the night's A's game that would be wrapping up around 2 am local time, and with our cab arriving at 4am to take us to the airport, it would make for an interesting travel day.
We were off to Cusco in the morning for a couple weeks of fun and adventure with my brother and three great friends from Wisconsin. I couldn't be any more excited to get it under way. So long Argentina! You have been a wonder!
Until next time!!