Day 14: Sunday, The Fair, the Food and the Milonga
Trip Start Nov 03, 2008
26Trip End Nov 18, 2008
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Late morning on Sunday, Katerina, Evelie, Ann and I took a taxi to a street fair held every Saturday and Sunday called Feria de Mataderos. There were a number of vendors selling merchandise, some of it great quality, some of it not. This was a great day to finish up our souvenir purchases. Vendors also sold meat grilled on the street. You could purchase a choripan (sausage), pancho (hot dog) or an empanada inexpensively.
We watched a gaucho (Argentine cowboy) game called Race of the Ring. A 1" ring is hung from a wire strung between two poles that are 15 feet apart. The gaucho holds a metal pin (about the size of a screwdriver) in his mouth and he whips the horse to start running. They sprint extremely fast down the street lined with people on both sides. As the gaucho gets closer to the ring, he takes the pin out of his mouth and aims it at the ring hanging from the wire. If he succeeds in inserting the pin in the ring, the ring comes off and the crowd cheers.
We ate at a genuine Argentine restaurant that specialized in barbequing beef on an open flame, wood-fire spit. They had every kind of beef you could imagine and it all looked delicious. It appeared that one of their specialties was a tray of a variety of these wonderfully prepared beef cuts. Two people would order about 5 pounds of beef cuts and would take it home for leftovers. I have not eaten ANYTHING during this vacation other than beef and most of it was steak: lomo or chorizo.
We haven't shared everything that has happened on our vacation in this blog... On the flight from Houston to Buenos Aires, Katerina was sitting next to a guy from Texas. She came over to my seat and told me that this guy was really bothering her. He was very forward and "touchy." She was a bit upset but the plane was full; she asked him if he would change seats with me, but he would not. Apparently the guy looked up her personal information and then sent her a suggestive email. She didn't give any personal information to him. We can't figure out how he got her email address. He could have looked at her name on the immigration/customs form. We can't figure this one out.
This was a long trip and we were treated with great respect throughout. Until this happened. Well...there was that one night when Jan made tango eyes at a fellow at a restaurant and he started following us when we left the restaurant. Whenever we changed directions, he did too. Thankfully there were police around and we reported it to them and they watched him as we got away.
This was our last night of tango in Buenos Aires! First Katerina and I went to a nice restaurant and then headed to the milonga, Ideal (pronounced much differently that the English pronunciation). Katerina, Evelie, Lynne, Kim, Gary and I were there. Cesar planned to meet us there. We all had great dances and Cesar and I danced most dances together. I was very lucky to have the opportunity to dance with him as much as I did. As a former tango teacher, he taught me a lot.
We left Ideal because it was a bit touristy and Kim, Gary, Katerina, Cesar and I went to another milonga at El Baso. We continued to dance until the milonga closed at around 3:30 a.m.