La Boca, Puerto Madero
09.04.2008 - 09.05.2008 47 °F
Uploaded a few pics that I didnt include earlier... more to come.
from somewhere inflight
Tango, it´s everywhere- in the streets, they have tango bar, tango houses, etc. Tango is actually a musical genre that´s associated with dance. it orginated here in b. aires.
Yesterday in my venturing for a cell phone (quad band) so I can call my mama I came across Calle Florida (Florida Street). Here I felt as though I was in the shopping district of some european city--
Calle Florida is a pedestrian street that stretches to LaValle, Buenos Aires´other pedestrian street which hosts a multitude of movie theaters. Needless to say I just walked and explored, no shopping was had PLUS I felt a little underdressed as everyone seemed to be dressed in their best designer suit. But, Florida is nearby the local financial district. I have yet to explore the subte (subway). They have 5 lines that go throughout the city. the buses seem to be a bit more accessible.
Today I went with two Costa Rican travellers to La Boca, Puerto Madero, and in general walked around the city of Buenos Aires.
We started out at out hostel in the microcenter of Buenos Aires and walked a bit north to Av. 9 de Julio (Avenida 9 de Julio is an avenue in Buenos Aires, Argentina honoring Argentina's Independence Day. (July 9, 1816). This avenue has 6 lanes in each direction-- accounting for nearly one city block- Also I must mention that city blocks are larger in Argentina that the typically .10 of a mile in the USA. Crossing Av. 9 de Julio takes a few minutes to cross as thereire are lights at each intersection.)...
We had to catch a bus north of el centro (the city´s center) in order to get to La Boca with is southeast of where I am staying.
La Boca "the mouth" is an old colorful Argentine neighborhood. Italian immigrants settled this neighborhood--- it is a mix of working class and artists. Caminito is the famous street, meaning little path where colorful corrugated metal houses are found. Local artists display their artwork thoughout the barrio.
From Caminito we ventured to La Boca Soccer Stadium which was only a few blocks walk. La Boca Juniors is one of the biggest soccer teams in Argentina.... Diego Maradona played for them. We toured the "La Bombonera" (stadium) located in La Boca.
We hopped on a bus, which cost .90 ARG pesos (.30 US cents)....
We headed toward Puerto Madero. Puerto Madero is the riverfront district home to Argentina´s capital buildings in addition to other modern architectural trends. A pedestrian walkway lines Rio de la Plata= lots of shopping, cafes, restaurants. All the streets of Puerto Madero are named after women. The Puente de la Mujer (Women's Bridge), by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, is the newest link between the east and west docks of Puerto Madero. Across the river you find several high rises, including 3M, Microsoft, etc.
Lastly, most Argentines smoke. I mean women, men alike.
Well, I am headed off to Bariloche in the lakes region or Patagonia. I am ready to get away from the crowed city into a little more wilderness.
Bariloche is called S. America´s Vail. I hope for a low key atmosphere like Vail, Colorado. Should be fun!