The sitting room where we had our breakfast served each morning.
Out in the streets of San Telmo on Sunday. There were markets, music, and tango everywhere!
We were left wondering how exactly they get pianos out into the streets. Where do they bring them from?
And oh, the tango! It was everywhere. And it was wonderful.
A little alley with lots of shops.
Tons of parks and beautiful old buildings were everywhere in Buenos Aires.
This is a really interesting piece of art (flower) the follows the sun through the day, opens each morning, and closes each night.
And also we found that we have acclimatized quite nicely to Belo Horizonte's fabulous year-round weather. 50 degrees Fahrenheit didn't sound very cold to us. I mean, Eric is from Iowa, and I did manage to survive a winter there too. I've seen -18 F, for goodness sakes! (And that was before factoring in the wind chill!) There was that three week span of time when the temperature never got above 14 degrees. We can certainly handle temps in the 50's! (Or um, at least so long as we have our heavy winter coats.)
Visiting the planetarium sounded like a good idea. But then I learned how much Portuguese doesn't help you with Spanish. It was still neat, but I had no idea what they were talking about most of the time. It was the first time I've been to a planetarium though since Pluto was declared not a planet. That really messed with me. And about the Big Dipper, the only constellation I can pick out of the night sky, is it not visible from the southern hemisphere this time of year? I mean, I spent the entire hour in there trying to locate it and I swear it wasn't there. What's up with that?
More parks and monuments and old buildings. (And, by the way, have you noticed how fabulous the weather was while we were there?)
There was a huge nationwide protest and demonstration one night while we were in Argentina. They were starting to set up for it in this square while we were there.
Trying to perfect my self-portrait skills.
Head back too far.
Chin pulled in too close.
Ahhh, much better. Well, it would have been.
Dressed up for a fancy supper and Tango Show. We saw El Viejo Almacen. It was a good show. Pricey, since all the tango shows are tourists attractions, but we enjoyed it.
Our first day in Buenos Aires, Eric read about a place close to our B&B that rented bikes. All I heard about for the next few days was how much fun it would be to ride bikes for a day. So on Tuesday, our last full day in BA, I gave in to my husbands desire and we went to rent bikes. And then he learned they had tandem bikes and so we had to have one of those.
La Boca was a quite colorful and very neat area though.
Once off the death trap of a bike, we went for a walk through the Botanical Gardens and I decided I liked him again. A lot.
On Tuesday, our last night in Buenos Aires, we decided to go out to a milonga, a place where people go to dance tango. We took ballroom dancing classes back in early 2007 and we had both really loved the tango. We put on our dancing shoes, grabbed a bite to eat and headed out.
The thing is, Tuesday nights don't really bring out the novice dancers. We went to a fabulous place with beautiful wooden floors calling our name to come out and dance. And then we took a look around at all the other people dancing. Good thing we wore our dancing shoes, since we spent 3 hours sitting at a table watching all the well-seasoned tango-ers do their thing. Given that it wasn't crowded and everyone's eyes were on the dance floor, we never worked up the courage to go out there and do our gringo tango. Sad, because we like to dance. But seriously, we would have looked funny out there among everyone else that night.