Survived the 1st week of Buenos Aires!
Trip Start Jul 28, 2009
121Trip End Aug 10, 2010
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Bulnes 1852, Mirta and Alejandro Frontera
It is definitely alive and the Tango dancers are so sexy. There is a definite big gap between the rich and the poor. More so here than in Cusco. The economy is not good here and I have heard from the locals that the rich keeps getting richer while the poor keeps getting poorer. You can definitely see the two extremes here with the homeless and the rich driving their expensive cars. This was not the case in Cusco, where everyone worked real hard for little or nothing and there was very few beggars. I guess maybe because everyone was poor.
I have seen a single mother nursing her baby and her other 2 children begging for money
The people of Buenos Aires are called “portenos” . They led a totally different lifestyle than what we are used to; they eat late, party late, are super passionate about futbol (soccer) and they would have a coffee before a beer! The politicians are corrupt and the economy sucks but they manage well by hanging out late in the restaurants or cafés!
Everywhere we walked there was posters, Tshirts and souvenirs of Ernesto "Che" Guevara and Nik kept asking who was this man! So our history lesson for the first week in Argentina was about "Che" Guevara. Nik researched who he was and made up questions for me, then we downloaded a movie from the history channel that discussed his revolutionary mission in life in Cuba, Congo and Bolivia where he was shot and buried by the military. As I didn't know much about him either, we both found it interesting to study. We also spent a couple of days quizzing each other on the countries and capitals of South America
We took a walk to Puerto Madero, which is the port area as well as a tourist spot, with a long walkway with restaurants along the docks. We found a beautiful old boat which had been converted into a museum, called Museo Fragata Sarmiento. This ship has traveled around the world 37 times between 1899 and 1938. It was built in Birkenhand, England in 1897 for 125,000 British Pounds. This impeccably maintained ship never did participate in combat. They did have the Ship pet dog, Lampazo stuffed in a glass box, which was kind of creepy. They also said that President Theodore Roosevelt has been a distinguished guest aboard the ship.
We also visited Manzana de Luces, which is where the Jesuits had built underground tunnels in the 1800's but they were not discovered until the early 1900's as they were building the subways.