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Arriving in Buenos Aires was pretty special for a few reasons.
Up untill that moment, while travelling through Venezuela and Brazil, the only thing I had to wear were shorts, a T-shirt and flip-flops. Buenos Aires was much colder, so a pair of jeans and a fleece were the dress-code there. So the weather was one thing that was atypical for South-America. But what made it really especial, was the feeling of arriving home: people wear the same mode as in Europe. You can find youngsters in the typical tecktonic-outfits and gentlemen in suits. There are static buildings that remind you of the big European cities like Paris and London. Sin embargo, Buenos Aires counts 15 million inhabitants and is from all points of view (except for the geographical one maybe) the center of Argentina.

Student´s protest
I also discovered the area around the docks along which the big warehouses where re-built into very trendy lofts with modern cafes and cinemas etc. It reminded me of ´Het Eilandje´in Antwerpen. It appeared to be the perfect track for jogging.

Party & Music!
They also have dancings, that are not less fancy than the European ones. I tried one of them: Le France. Very cool place: 3 giant LCD-displays and a lasershow lighted the place. The people dancing there, where very much like the European students: all dressed very fancy and in for some moves on the dancefloor, the only difference being the language they speak. Reggaeton is the partymusic here. In Venezuela and Brazil, I didn´t really appreciate it, but this party in Buenos Aires and a few hits that I hear all over South-America changed that: reggaeton is inherently to this continent; I love it! On top they have a complete music-industry here, that is at least as good as what we have in Europe and what comes over from the US.
So I discovered Raly Barrionuevo; folk-rock from Argentina. You can have this feeling that you hear a song for the first time and that it grabs you by the troth! That was realy the case with Raly Barrionuevo: it summarizes the proud and the potential of Argentina. 

Students & Revolucion
As I was strolling through the avenues in BA, a student demonstration was taking place. The trigger for that was that one of the students got hit by a stone that had come loose of one of the badly maintained university-buildings. So I got to talk with some students and they explained me the situation there: the government appeared not to be willing to invest in the universities. It was so bad that even the most professors had to teach for free. The students didn´t take it anymore and came out in the streets, and I had the impression that they all knew what it was about.

Of course all the flags displayed the well-known image of the Argentinian hero Che Guevara. Who says Che Guevara, speaks Socialism. Socialism is another thing that is inherent to this continent. And that´s not really surprising if you face the social problems they have here: also BA has its favelas. The Avenida Florida in the center of the city is a very wealthy place, where you can find a lot of posh boutiques. You have ska-folk-reaggae band performing all the time there. Though everytime, you get clamped on by beggers. Again an appearance of the contrasts that exist in south-America.

Bohemian
If you had to describe the atmosphere in BA with one word, than it would be ´bohemian´. The San Telmo neighbourhood, for example, is chock full of little antique-markets, cosy bars with live performance (and good ones), second hand bookstores etc.

The Recoletta cemitary.
Very nice! And then there is La Boca, a popular neighbourhood close to San Telmo. I went there to watch a football game of the Boca Juniors, but I didn´t manage to get my hands on tickets. The Boca Juniors is the team where Diego Maradonna made his way up. So I decided to watch the game in a cosy popular bar, and that is where I met Frayackus, a Colombian artist, that was travelling through South-America as well. We got to talk and he showed me some of his works: he had developed and patented a finger-print technique. Just try it: plunge your directing finger in some ink or paint and print it on a sheet of paper. That print would be the body of a figure. Next, make a print of the tip of your little finger: that´s the head of the figure. Finally ask your friend, mother, son or sister to do the same.
The Recoletta cemitary.
You´ll notice that the figures match the silhouette of your body: a long, skinny person will have a long, small print, a small, bigger person will have a small, thicker print. Check it out on www.frayackus.blogspot.com. Frayackus and myself decided to visit the Camineto in La Boca together. That´s a walkway where you can find a number of artists doing there thing. Frayackus decided to make a portrait of me, but we were chased by the police, as the other ´artists´didn´t want other artists to walk before their feet. Strange, I thought artists were free to do their thing wherever they want. Finally we went to a bar to have a beer and to watch a tango. In the beginning it was a dance, performed by the prostitutes in La Boca to seduce boatsmen.
The Recoletta cemitary.
Nevertheless, in this bar Frayackus and me talked for hours (in Spanish :-) about philisophical topics. Very nice. And in this way, again a negative event (missing the football game) turned into an interesting new one.

Oh, did I mention? Everywhere in BA they serve Stella Artois!
Mijn thuis is waar mijn Stella staat!

 

 

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Student´s protest
Student´s protest
The Recoletta cemitary.
The Recoletta cemitary.
The Recoletta cemitary.
The Recoletta cemitary.
The Recoletta cemitary.
The Recoletta cemitary.
The Recoletta cemitary.
The Recoletta cemitary.
´Het Eilandje´ van BA
´Het Eilandje´ van BA
´Het Eilandje´ van BA
´Het Eilandje´ van BA
´Het Eilandje´ van BA
´Het Eilandje´ van BA
´Het Eilandje´ van BA
´Het Eilandje´ van BA
´Het Eilandje´ van BA
´Het Eilandje´ van BA
Che is everywhere.
Che is everywhere.
Home pub of the Boca Juniors
Home pub of the Boca Juniors
La Boca
La Boca
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