We had a crash course in Buenos Aires in only 2 days while completely sleep deprived - but we loved what we saw!We enjoyed our first Argentinian empanada & torta de acelga (chard quiche) - as usual, the people thought I was crazy since I was taking pictures of everything!We then saw Plaza de Mayo, home of the Casa Rosada where Juan & Eva Peron would talk to the people & where Madonna sang for the movie Evita.We also saw the pyramide de Mayo Obelisk in front of Casa Rosada which marks the 1st anniversary of Argentina's independence from Spain.Then we went to the Catedral Metropolitana which contained the tomb of their hero General Jose de Martin. It was guarded by 2 soldiers & there appeared to be the tomb of an unknown soldier there too - I thought a church was a strange place to see that!
We took the metro to Plaza Palmero Viejo.We saw quite a few artisans and walked to a nice park with a crafts fair.We met & filmed a musician who made instruments out of gourds & melons.We were looking for a place to try the famous Argentinean mate, but after asking at a café we found out that you can't buy it out; you can only buy it at the grocery store to prepare at home.Two women outside a café explained the whole process to us and recommended types of mate for us to buy.We took the metro back home but didn't have to pay for the ride because they had no change!J That would never happen in the U.S.!
On day 2 we went up to see the palacio del congreso & got some fresh squeezed OJ on the street on the way back for only $3pesos - so great - it reminded me of my fresh OJ addiction in Morroco! JWe went to the famous Café Tortoni for churros & chocolate but to be honest, I wasn't impressed.We did book a Tango show there though for the evening.We tried to take a bus to San Telmo but kept missing it so ended up just walking there.We finally got to Plaza Dorego where they were doing a Tango in the plaza & of course they finished right before I got a chance to film it!We entered an indoor market area that was a lot like Redding terminal market in Phili.I got some video of some strange cow parts.We took a bus to La Boca where they have beautifully painted houses/buildings and a street dedicated to café/restaurants where they dance Tango right outside.I finally got to see/film a little bit of it.
We got back to the hostel just in time for our free Tango lesson - the guys we danced w/ were not the most coordinated but very nice & came from all over the world.The teacher was good & hopefully I will remember something too be able to dance when Diana comes!We then rushed to the Tango show which was a cool little drama & had a guy tap dancing & using musical whips as well.