A morning spent with dead people.

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The Unibomber's day job...?

Still have a nasty cold and cough, but felt a little cabin feverish today, so Steve and I decided to check out the nearby Recoleta Cemetery. It was chilly out [45F (7C)!], and we had only the clothes we wore on the flight from London (hopefully our luggage will come tonight). I had no coat at all, so Steve gave me his jacket and braved the cold in short sleeves. Then off we went to meet the dead of Buenos Aires.  

On the way we saw a guy walking a big group of dogs, something we soon learned is a pretty common sight here. Some of the dog walkers really had their hands full with their poodles and terriers, and sometimes didn’t appear to like their charges very much.
Entrance to Recoleta Cemetery.
They crankily pulled the pups along and scolded the bad ones. Dog walking seems like such a fun job, but I guess every job grows old over time.

I also noticed a number of very well dressed seniors walking individually or with a helper or nurse. Advanced age had not prevented either the ladies or gentlemen from being impeccably groomed. I watched one ancient man make slow progress down the street. He leaned heavily on his carved wood cane, his movement a mere shuffle. Yet he still seemed so dignified in his wool coat, old-fashioned cap, and polished leather shoes. Not one of his five hairs was out of place. I hope to look that good when I am old, but since I don’t even look that good now, there’s really no hope for me there. I’ll be wearing sweat pants and sneakers, hair sticking up like a madwoman.
Typical tomb-topper at Recoleta Cemetery.
There’s no doubt.   

Anyway, we finally got to the cemetery entrance, after making nearly a complete circle around the place trying to get in. The entrance gate is ornate and columned, and it’s clear right away that this is no ordinary coffin-in-the-ground-with-a-simple-tombstone cemetery. It is a veritable city of side-by-side mausoleums, ornate stone buildings topped with carved angels and crosses. Many of the tombs had glass doors, so we could peek in to see the coffins resting on shelves inside! Some had fresh flowers, but many others were in complete disrepair, with broken glass and litter filling the interior. We saw a group of people surrounding a rather nondescript, smallish building, and there we discovered Evita Peron and her family. I kept trying to take photos, and was continually vexed by my super-duper long lens. I couldn’t get back far enough! (My regular lens is in my lost luggage so I had to use my zoom for today.)

The place was huge and we spent a long time wandering through the alleys, peeking in at the dead. After enough time here, I was chilled to the bone and so tired. So we went back to the apartment where I buried myself in a book and was soon dead to the world myself.  

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The Unibombers day job...?
The Unibomber's day job...?
Entrance to Recoleta Cemetery.
Entrance to Recoleta Cemetery.
Typical tomb-topper at Recoleta Ce…
Typical tomb-topper at Recoleta C…
Playing in the park.
Playing in the park.
Church just south of the cemetery.…
Church just south of the cemetery…
Church near Recoleta Cemetery.
Church near Recoleta Cemetery.
Tomb-top statue at Recoleta Cemete…
Tomb-top statue at Recoleta Cemet…
Recoleta Cemetery.
Recoleta Cemetery.
You can peek into the mausoleums, …
You can peek into the mausoleums,…
Another coffin.
Another coffin.
Hallo!? Anyone home?
Hallo!? Anyone home?
Ornate mausoleum at Recoleta Cemet…
Ornate mausoleum at Recoleta Ceme…
Recoleta Cemetery.
Recoleta Cemetery.
Recoleta Cemetery.
Recoleta Cemetery.
Recoleta Cemetery.
Recoleta Cemetery.
Recoleta Cemetery.
Recoleta Cemetery.
Recoleta Cemetery.
Recoleta Cemetery.
Evitas tomb at Recoleta Cemetery.
Evita's tomb at Recoleta Cemetery.
Evitas tomb at Recoleta Cemetery.
Evita's tomb at Recoleta Cemetery.
Recoleta Cemetery.
Recoleta Cemetery.
Recoleta Cemetery.
Recoleta Cemetery.
Peace to you.
Peace to you.
Recoleta Cemetery skyline.
Recoleta Cemetery skyline.