Matanza River

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  • Day24

    Buenos Aires

    January 29, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Nach einer kurzen Nacht sitzen wir wieder pünktlich um 9:00 im Bus für die Rundfahrt durch Buenos Aires.

    Eine wirklich schöne Stadt mit sehr vielen Parks und grünen Flecken. Es gibt sehr viel zu entdecken, vor allem sind viele Statuen und Denkmäler zu finden.
    Es ist auf jeden Fall eine Städtereise wert. Leider nur nicht zum Baden im Meer. Das Wasser ist durch Gesteine sehr trüb und Eisenhältig, da es von den Iguazu Fällen kommt und von dort mitgeschwämmt wird.

    Wir haben unsere Tour mit einem großen Friedhof begonnen. Ein Mausoleum folgte dem anderen. Von neu renovierten Begräbnisstätten bis zur verfallenen Ruine war alles dabei.

    Das Mittagessen war unser kulinarisches Highlight. Mit jeder Menge argentinischen Steaks. So zartes Rindfleisch bekommt man in Österreich sehr selten. 😄

    Nach dem Stadtteil La Boca in dem auch das Fußballstadion steht gehts zur Einkaufsmeile. (Ja die hat auch Sonntags geöffnet) 😅

    Unsere Füße schmerzen noch von gestern und deshalb gehts dann bald wieder aufs Schiff. Es wird Zeit für etwas Entspannung. Wer hätte gedacht dass Urlaub so anstrengend sein kann 😂
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  • Day18

    Buenos Aires, Argentine

    March 23, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Nous avons visité la cathédrale de Buenos Aires. C'est là que le pape François avait jadis été archevêque. Les gens aiment beaucoup le pape car à l'epoque,  au lieu de de rester pénard dans sa maison d'archevêque et circuler en grosse voiture, il préférait vivre dans son petit appartement et prendre le métro comme tout le monde. Et quand il est loin de chez lui, il préfère aller voir les pauvres.

    Dans le quartier de la Boca et celui de San Telmo, il y avait plein de danseurs de tango mais avant que je m'y mette,  maman devra d'abord se mettre au hip-hop et papa à la tectonique.


    NB: Buenos Aires est une ville magnifique et nous sommes partis avec l'impression d'en avoir à peine effleuré les charmes.
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  • Day4

    La Boca

    March 13, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Nach dem Frühstück ging es kurz ins benachbarte El Alteneo. Ein wunderschönes altes Theater - umgebaut als Buchladen. So lässt es sich shoppen. Danach aber rein in den Verkehr. Unsere Lieblingslinie 152 sollte uns nach La Boca bringen. Man merkte allerdings schnell, dass Montag Morgen ist. Allein für die ersten 500 Meter gingen eine viertel Stunde drauf. Irgendwann haben wir es dann aber doch durch die Stadt geschafft und wurden von den bunten Farben in La Boca verzaubert. Die Promenade, die Häuser und die Blumen schimmerten in allen Farben. Einzigartig. Nur leider konnte man keine 10m gehen ohne dass dir jemand ein Café-Sitzplatz, Ramsch oder Bilder mit aufgetakelten Tangomöchtegerns andrehen wollte. Und plötzlich schimmerte La Bonbonera durch die Gassen. Das Stadion der Boca Juniors. Leckereien gab es dort schon einige zu sehen. Beispielsweise Maradona.Read more

  • Day30

    Day 2 & 3 - Buenos Aires

    May 2, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    In an attempt to make it a little easier for us to communicate with the locals we booked ourselves on to a 3 hour Spanish crash course. Our lesson didn't start until 2:30pm so we had a lazy morning before heading to our lesson. Our Spanish teacher Macarena (like the song) was lovely. Simon left the class with some basic Spanish however all I left with was a headache. It was definitely worth it, if only for the numbers as now we have a rough idea of how much money we need to hand over without just handing over notes until they tell us to stop!

    The next morning we joined a tour of La Boca. La Boca is a bright and colourful neighbourhood and one of the first areas that housed the huge number of immigrants that entered Argentina via its port between 1880 and 1930. These immigrants arrived with nothing so to make money they got jobs in the busy port and on the railroads. They then built their homes from discarded materials from the shipyard and railway and painted them in this mismatch of colours using leftover paint. The tour taught us a lot about the history of the area and Argentina. The most harrowing story was of the disappeared which was still happening only a couple of years before we were born. The military government at the time kidnapped anyone that was thought to be a socialist / left wing / intellectuals and tortured them using electricity. When deemed of no further use they gave them large doses of sedatives and threw them out the back of military planes over the river. Because the bodies were never found, the government managed to get away with this for a very long time.

    When in Argentina do as the Argentines do and something they do with passion is the tango. We opted for a lesson, dinner and show at The Ventana Tango Show in San Telmo. My inability to move my arms and legs independently meant that my attempt to tango was a cross between a thunderbird and a baby giraffe learning to walk. Si said it was like dragging around a scarecrow. I think Lord of the Dance here is just being mean for adding that into the blog post. Even our tango instructor laughed hysterically at my inability to relax and let Simon lead me! Needless to say I won't be giving up the day job. It was however one of the funniest hours of my life. Simon, despite dreading doing the lesson also really enjoyed himself although his joyous cries of "perfecto" were met by more laughs from our instructor.

    Our tango lesson was followed by a yummy three course dinner. To start I had a tomato and mozzarella salad, followed by steak and ice cream. Simon opted for the empanadas, steak and a traditional Argentine custard dish. The steak was divine! This was accompanied of course by some Argentinian malbec.

    The show was a mixture of tango, singing, a crazy man on a ukulele type instrument that had 10 strings and another crazy man that danced whilst spinning ropes at a ridiculous speed that hit the floor at precise times interacting with his tap like dancing. It was a lot of fun and we both thoroughly enjoyed it.
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  • Day13

    Buenos Aires- La Boca

    March 3, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    We managed the bus ride today as we were heading to La Boca- simple to say! It's one of the oldest areas in Buenos Aires, rich with history and art. It was one of the main docks and became a melting pot of working class immigrants from all over the world. It was here that Tango was born and football is worshiped as a religion.

    The streets are painted in wonderful primary colours. A homage to how it looked over a hundred years ago, when the workers from the docks would create houses from the scraps they could find, including unfinished paint pots of every colour.

    Tango dancers perform in most restraunts here, initially a dance between two men Tango evolved in La Boca being ignored by the oligarchs of Recoleta until it became fashionable in Europe if course!

    The end of the tour was the stadium if the famous Boca Juniors team if blue and gold. Fans known as the shit shovelers, and are proud of their nickname. They are amongst the most feverent in the world and playing at the stadium is supposed to be very intimidating for opposing teams!

    We sat down for lunch and broke our promise of austerity by ordering a mixed grill. Oops!! It was still far cheaper than the UK promise! Caught the bus back to San Telmo and explored the streets and the market place. We stumbled across a square with tango dancers and watched for a while and then enjoyed some coffee in the local market.

    In our hostel we met a lovely pair from London who have just started their 7 week traveling. They had passed a live music venue the night before and we headed out together to this quirky venue. Small and intimate we enjoyed a jazz concert with some good beer and empenadas.
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  • Day20

    Return to La Boca

    March 7, 2018 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    In La Boca is a modern art museum — PROA — which had an exhibit of art and installations created by the Chinese artist and dissident Ai Wei Wei. Since Kelly lives in Flagstaff, she figured that her chances of seeing an Ai Wei Wei exhibit were slim, so we headed back to see it.

    Although I had seen two Ai Wei Wei pieces before, I had never seen an entire exhibition. It was fantastically interesting. Ai Wei Wei is a Chinese activist who uses art to explore issues relating to oppression, exclusion from society, and the reach of communism in China. As Kelly pointed out, much of his work is extremely difficult to understand without explanations. However, with the explanations, the work is fascinating. In one series, Ai Wei Wei photographed himself while he destroyed a piece of invaluable piece of pottery from the Ming Dynasty, then he converted the photos into life-size “pictures” made out of legos. According to the explanations, he was exploring issues of heritage, the fragility of history and modernity. My favorite piece is a monumental installation of a “carpet” of “sunflower seeds.” This piece was originally installed in the Tate Museum in London. The carpet of seeds covered most of the large exhibit hall in London, and a sizable room in PROA. The seeds were spread approximately 6 inches in depth, and covered the entire floor. When in London, there were 150 tons of seeds. Each seed was supposed to represent the Chinese citizens who were bowed by communism. What was not apparent when you first looked at the seeds, is that they were not actually sunflower seeds, but pieces of clay that had been molded into the shape of seeds, painted, cleaned and polished. A crew of 1600 individuals in China worked for months in creating these seeds, and then they were transported to London, where they were installed in the Tate Museum. Fortunately, the exhibition was accompanied by a film and photos of the process. Super cool.

    After the museum, we wandered around La Boca and had lunch at a parilla, where we sat outside. What a wonderful last meal in Argentina.
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  • Day19

    La Boca

    March 6, 2018 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Another day, another neighborhood . . .

    Today we went to La Boca, which is the neighborhood near the old port. As is often the case in the housing closest to the port, the neighborhood was settled by immigrants who arrived by boat. Many of these immigrants were lured by promises of free land. But, after they arrived the President rescinded the offer and these immigrants were penniless. They quickly moved into old mansions that had dozens of people in each room, or they threw up new structures called “conventillos.” The name referred to the fact that the individual rooms, which were often occupied by people who slept in shifts, were the size of the cells that monks or nuns lived in at a convent! To protect the shacks from the rain and elements, men who worked on the docks brought home nearly empty cans of paint and used whatever was left in the bottom to paint a portion of the wall. This resulted in buildings whose walls were brightly colored patchworks. (The traditions continues today, although the coloration is undoubtedly brighter and more uniform than in early years.). Despite the splashes of color on the walls, these conventillos were true slums, filled with tremendous poverty and disease.

    In the squalor of these slums, the music and dance of tango grew. We were told that the dance was originally done by men, as a way to show off for the prostitutes and battle for their favor. The steps where the leg of one dancer winds around that of another dancer was a way for one man to trip the other, showing off his prowess. The music to which the tango was danced was also a product of La Boca. The music was created through an amalgam of musical instruments that the immigrants brought with them. The primary instrument was a German accordion called a “bandoneon” which is at the heart of all tango music. Today, the bandoneon is no longer played or manufactured in Germany, but is frequently used in Argentina. We had the pleasure of listening to an old fellow play the bandoneon. (I’m going to try and upload the video . . . .)

    As we continued to walk through La Boca, we got to see some tango dancers on a small stage near a restaurant. Although the dance was obviously being done for the tourists, it was fascinating to watch — very stylized, and elegant, all at the same time. As we watched, we learned about the history of tango, learned the names of a few famous dancers, and generally enjoyed the neighborhood.

    Our next few stops were a series of murals. One set showed the local firefighters, who are a volunteer battalion. A second set showed the “mothers” who are still searching for the disappeared, and the last set was all about the Republic of La Boca. It seems that in the 1930s, there was a clash between the stringent policies laid down by the current fascist government, and the more progressive people living in La Boca. So, the neighborhood rebelled, and claimed to be a separate republic, creating a new flag and government. The Republic of La Boca lasted for all of three days, before the rebellion was put down. But, there is still a fondness for the history, and the neighborhood still has a strong identity.

    The last stop was the “Bombonera” which is the stadium in which La Boca Juniors play — the futbol team that is beloved by the working class in BA. (The more affluent residents tend to root for the rival team, River Plate.). The team is owned by the people, and there is an elected president who runs the team. The current President of the country of Argentina got his start in politics as the president of La Boca Juniors! The fans are maniacs and the construction of stadium is such that the fans are super close to the pitch and when they yell and stomp the whole stadium shakes. We did not have a chance to go to a game, but I understand that it is quite an experience. (Honestly, it sounded a bit frightening, but I suppose that if you are sports fan it is quite thrilling.)

    At the end of the tour, we stopped for a quick bite to eat and decided to come visit again, the next day. Just a charming neighborhood.
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  • Day84

    Buenos Aires - La Boca

    November 18, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    The district "La Boca" is famous for two attractions: "Caminato", a street full of colorful buildings and a lot of street artists and the football stadium "La Bombonera" that belongs to the world famous "Boca Juniors". In addition, it is the place where the first Tango in Argentina has been danced. We spent a whole afternoon there, having some beers and wandering between cafés and lots of stalls with self-made art.Read more

  • Day5

    La Boca, Buenos Aires

    May 16, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Explored La Boca today, one of the oldest neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. We only saw the tourist area as its too unsafe to go any further into the area. Most of the houses were built out of the old ships that arrived and most are still members of the original families who bulit them. They have no running water and the houses are so dangerous to live in that the firemen of the area are practically worshiped. Yet none of the families will take up offers of other housing elsewhere. We finished the day off with a tango show.Read more

  • Day78

    La Boca

    February 8 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Funky neighborhood located at the original port at the mouth (Boca) of the small river where it enters the Rio de la Plata. The was the immigrant area where people found homes in the tenements. They would get off the boat and walk up La Caminita, the street in the first pic to look for a place to stay. The second pic looks into a typical tenement and the third is a musician playing a bandeon on a stage in that tenement's courtyard. Then a street market at the port end of La Caminita that is overlooked by "Pope Francis" on the balcony. There are many similar sculptures and street art. Fun neighborhood.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Riachuelo, Río Matanza-Riachuelo, Matanza River, Рио Матанса-Риачуело, Риачуэло, رود ریاچوئلو, マタンサ川, Matansa, Rio Matanza-Riachuelo, Матанса, Матанса-Ріачуело, 馬坦薩河

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