Buenos Aires

 

Breakfast. You're literally never out of sight of a pastry shop in Buenos Aires. They call them facturas. It's not just a pastry. It's a fact. (Gautam: It also means invoice.)

 

Street scene

 

Had to get a pic of this bakery/ice creamery cuz it says "Rin". Gautam says it's probably supposed to indicate "Rhein", since this BA suburb (Villa Ballester) was settled by Germans (who were deported for their inability to spell?)

 

Collage of downtown Plaza de Mayo. The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo brought down the military dictatorship. Another group of citizens beat pans and brought down an elected but hopeless government. (Don't tell the US Government--we'll have pan control laws.)

 

Botanical gardens (there's lots of cats inside!)

 

Congress

 

Presidential palace (Gautam: Called Casa Rosada (Pink house). Different color, same function)

 

Gautam's favorite restaurant from when he worked downtown. The coolest thing about this was that it was featured in a movie called Nine Queens--which I'd actually seen. Netflix figured out that I liked quirky crime dramas and recommended it.

 

Boca - This is both a dangerous part of the city and a tourist attraction--it's where the tango was invented. The carvings go on for a full block at the entrance to the hood.

 

Ferry from Boca to island--Gautam didn't walk out of sight of the car when we took this. Parts of Boca are dangerous. The island is too scary even for Gautam and Pelusa, who once walked along Broadway from Times Square to 144th Street, and insisted on showing me all kinds of slums in and around Buenos Aires to make me nostalgic (I was born in South Central LA).

 

Boca - This is as far as we went into it. Gautam and Pelusa went there on foot once, and alarmed locals warned them to leave at once and offered to give them safe passage out of the hood (heard of this happening to Australian tourists in the Bronx.)

 

 

We took a river cruize along the Rio Parana delta north of town. (Gautam: Narrow rivers like this join together a few miles downstream to form the Rio del la Plata which is 25 miles wide in downtown Buenos Aires, about 15 miles down river.) The delta is growing at an enormous rate. Vacation rentals, and the electrical worker's union getaway, are located along the shores.

 

Human statue near the delta.

 

And a smooth jazz trio--they were very good.

 

Close, but no cigar.

 

Persimmons in the botanical gardens

 

Buenos Aires zoo. Lots of animals I'd never seen before--including those outside the cages--but who could resist the statues!

 

Professional dogwalking is big in BA. Lots of office people have big dogs and no time.

 

Sleeping peacefully amid the "Saturnalia"

 

I asked Pelusa if political parties were organized by class or by region. "Worse," she said. "By charismatic leader."

 

City from botanical gardens

 

Streetscape in Palermo, the upscale shopping/eating district.

 

 

 

This brought us to a dead halt. Pelusa thought it was arrogant. I though it was wonderful. Turns out this was the local headquarters of the post-Peron Peronista party.

 

 

When the two guys inside saw us reading the sign, they dragged us all inside (balloons and folding tables) for an hour of show-and-tell and political armtwisting. (Gautam: It turns out they were against the current national government, also Peronist. I guess they belong to another faction of the Party, and follow a different “leader”.)

 

 

 

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