Wanderings

Just a few photos and tidbits from my wanderings around Buenos Aires.

 

 

 

 

The elevator at my hostel is sort of unusual – I’ve never seen one like it, anyway. The elevator door is like any other, except when it opens at your floor, there’s another door. The first time I saw it, I wondered if I’d be able to get out!
I may have posted this picture before – I don’t remember. But I like it, so here it is again.

Walking around one day, I stumbled upon this luthier’s studio. It was in an almost cave-like area of an old church. That’s the maestro on the right.

 

 

This man is sanding a piece on a block of sandpaper.

 

Beautiful. Look at that double-necked one at the left.

Not a name I’d necessarily expect to see in South America!
But, Buenos Aires is definitely very cross-cultural.

Night scene near my hostel.

 

Subway scenes.
I’ve heard that in summertime the subway here is a sauna, but right now, it’s fine.
I really enjoy riding the subway.
I like choo choo trains!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a man making and selling garrapiñadas. Omigod, omigod, omigod, they’re good. In the States, something similar is sold as “Boston Baked Beans” but these are so much better and fresher and tastier and yummier… and they smell positively wonderful ….mmmmmm….

 

 

 

 

 

Here is some accidental street art.
Seems as good a name for it as any. I just love this old advertising.
Yet another gorgeous old building.
Went to Cafe Tortoni today – a thoroughly touristy thing to do.

But, it was pleasant.
Over-priced, of course. But pleasant.

I’ve read that at one time it was frequented by painters, writers, journalists and musicians.

Currently, the basement sounds like the most interesting place (though I didn’t get to see it).  There is a stage there for jazz and tango artists and for poetry contests.
Self portrait?

Finally, here is a view of a corner I pass through every day that I walk to school. It’s the corner of Av. Pres. Roque Sáenz Peña and Florida.

It’s a nice walk. (:

7 thoughts on “Wanderings

  1. Beautiful bustling city. Say more about Cafe Tortoni please – why is it such a touristy thing to go there?

    Does the hostel have a communal kitchen or little individual ones – or none?

    Their subway looks so beautiful and artistic, esp compared to our BART stations!

    Xox

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    1. Well, I think it’s just that Cafe Tortoni used to be the hangout of the “In Crowd” of Buenos Aires in (I think) the early part of the 20th century, so it gained a lot of popularity due to that. Plus, it’s just been around a long time and is quite pretty inside. But they do continue to have tango and other types of shows.
      The hostel has a communal kitchen, but I rarely use it other than to heat up leftovers from my restaurant visits. I usually go to what we’d call buffets, but I like them because they serve pretty darn good food by weight! You just load up your takeaway carton, they weigh it and charge you. Good food, cheap!

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  2. I like the subway art. As someone who spent a few years in Boston subways, I doubt their stations could be Much worse in the summer! The floors in the station are typically soaking wet from the condensation and sweat and has quite an aroma! The city looks very nice where you are; reminds me of Barcelona. (Or Barthelona as they say there, no idea why.). I love the old buildings.

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    1. From what I’m told, in the summer that’s what the subways are like here, too. Hot, humid and smelly!

      The different dialects in Spanish are interesting. From what I understand, Spain is pretty much the only Spanish speaking country that uses the ‘th’ sound for the letter ‘c.’ Here in Buenos Aires, the ‘double l’ sounds like ‘sh.’ Whereas, in much of the rest of Latin American, it has the ‘y’ sound.
      Go figure.

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