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Buenos Aires - January 28-29

sunny 85 °F
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This morning we decided to go ahead and join the group tour of Buenos Aires that sounded different from the one we did on January 13th and indeed it was. We started on foot and walked to the Cemetary where Eva (Evita) Perrone is buried. It is an amazing cemetery of demonstrations of wealth which interestingly enough, Eva Perrone was not from. I will post several photos from the cemetery including hers. Although it is a Catholic cemetery, we were told that individuals of other religions could also be buried there as well, presumably if they had sufficient money and status. We did see at least on Jewish mausoleum.

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After that, we headed back to May Square and the Avenue of July Independence which Michael and I had visited two weeks ago so we scurried away to a cafe for coffee/tea while others wandered the square and took pictures. Then on to La Boca again which we welcomed a second visit. Mostly time on our own to wander around and then we regrouped and met Martin (Tincho)'s wife and two children. His wife is a tango dancer and the brought us to a traditional old La Boca tenement building where Tango began among the poor. She and her partner danced first. Then another tango lesson for us, and finally she convinced her husband to tango a bit with her. This was all followed by a "surprise" treat of coripan - a traditional Argentine sandwich of chorizos, bread, and chimchurri. We had tried them last time in La Boca and I found them too fatty to eat but these were pretty lean and Michael and I shared a half sandwich.

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Then we head back and a few of us got off the bus at San Telmo, yet another Buenos Aires neighborhood where they always have an open Sunday arts & crafts market. To be honest, most of the items were not impressive and we didn't buy anything but stopped in another cafe for a salad and empanada.

Shortly, we will head down for a presentation on Argentina's politics and economic situation followed by dinner on our own. Tomorrow will be an early day with luggage packed and outside our door by 5am and departure to the airport at 5:45. At 8:45am, our flight is scheduled back to Ushuaia again. In spite of us wanting to stay in Ushuaia and not returning to Buenos Aires, we have enjoyed our 3 days here in the sun! Tomorrow, it is back to Ushuaia and then on January 30th, we embark on the World Explorer for Antarctica! We are so excited about this next phase of this outstanding adventure!

Posted by Baroni 22:35 Archived in Argentina

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