Tango at La Catedral

Another thing Buenos Aires is know for, and which it is recommended to not leave without experiencing is of course the Tango. Emilia who was traveling with us for two weeks found a place called La Catedral, an old grain silo built in the 1880s, in the middle of urban Buenos Aires.

This place is absolutely amazing, it has a feeling to it that reminds me of Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin, the main difference is that this is a dance hall. Apart from all the paintings that fill the walls there is also a huge sculpture of a hears suspended from the roof 12 meters above the bar.

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The large hall is lined with chairs and tables that are more or less beyond repair, but not for lack of trying, the furniture fits right in and is repaired here and there. The light is dim everywhere but on the dance floor in the middle.

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We spent two nights at La Catedral, the first night we checked out the place, had some drinks and watched Tango dancers of varying talent. Some just beginning to learn, some teaching and some just really good. The second night we arrived to take a tango course, the entry fee is usually €3, and with the course included it is €5. Well worth the money!

Before our course started (a lot later than advertised, we are in Argentina mind you!), we got the opportunity to watch a show including an amazing violinist with his band, and a sort of step dancer that did something in the middle between poi, step and percussion drumming. Very unique and very fun to watch!

Finally we had our elementary course of tango, we learned some basic steps, got to try them with a partner. The tip here is to bring a partner, so you dont end up as the poor guy who I removed with GIMP from the following picture. In the end we were also forced to show our steps in front of everyone else, even though Linn tried to oppose this we ended up doing some basic steps and getting an applause!

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La Recoleta Cemetary

One of the things that is often noted as a must do in Buenos Aires is to see the La Recoleta cemetary, where Evita Peron lies buried. When we got there we realized that it is not a regular graveyard with small to medium sized stones as markers for the graves, it is more or less ornamented mausoleums, the smaller the size of a cottage ranging to ones the size of a smaller house and the looks of a castle.

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Happy tourists ready to explore the cemetery. When walking around it feels very much like walking around in a village of small houses. Some graves are very well looked after and are cleaned and with fresh flowers, others are left to the elements and in different stages of decay.

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Like a row of miniature churches, very beautiful!

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The tomb of Evita Peron, the most popular feat of the cemetery, getting a picture like above was very hard because of all the people standing around with guides telling them the history of Evita. The tomb is always lavished with fresh flowers.

Feria de San Telmo

Back in Buenos Aires after our visit to Uruguay we had an apartment from airbnb that was both large and comfortable in the Las Cañitas neighborhood. The location was very good, both close to the subway and a lot of restaurants. We stayed in Buenos Aires for a week. On the sunday we went to the Feria de San Telmo, a huge market where you could buy more or less anything from old tools to hand painted signs in classical Argentinean style.

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We did not buy anything as we know that if we did we would have to carry it around the rest of the trip, but it was still a lot of fun to see all the possible and impossible things people were selling.

Tierra Santa

Tierra Santa is something as uniquely strange as a Religious theme park. It is located close to the water in Buenos Aires and is more or less completely made out of plastic. It was created in the late 90s and focuses around the biblical depictions of everything from the creation to the life of Jesus.

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The park in large is very strange, you walk around in the streets of Bethlehem, and around you are parts of biblical history like the ark of Noah and the last supper. The park focuses not only on Christianity but features a synagogue and a lot of roman culture as well.

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To make it more interesting there are scheduled shows in some of the buildings, created mostly with robotized sculptures and light and sound effects. These are all in Spanish, but still worth it to see, the stories are well known even if you dont know too much about christianity.

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To top everything off there is a 12 meter high statue of Jesus that every hour or so rises out of a mountain, it is said to feature somewhere close to 20 different mechanical movements. Strange, mostly strange.

All in all, this park is well worth a visit, mostly for its strangeness.

Lazy days in Buenos aires

Totally soaked and a little bit tired of rain after the amazing falls we took a 20 hour bus ride to Buenos Aires. Here we spent some lazy days before meeting Jons brother Tim who’s joining us for a few weeks. It was pretty warm and we explored the city by foot.

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One of the ice cream bars. Buenos Aires is known for their amazing Helado, you can easily find ice cream bars almost everywhere, many sporting up to 40 different flavors!

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A cute little horse in the park.

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Amazing roses in the Parks of Palermo.

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We rented a paddle boat for €6 and took a tour around the lake in the park, both fun and relaxing.