San Telmo and the Argentinan vibe
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My second day in Buenos Aires was a Sunday, so I went to Mass as every good catholic should. Then I headed for the subway as I wanted to visit Recoleta, I had been told it's a beautiful neighborhood. When I was asking one of the subway guards about which train should I take, he also noticed I was a tourist and let me in the metro for free. LOL Buenos Aires people were very nice and not what I was told they would be! The subway was pretty empty as it was Sunday and for some reason a lady sitting next to me started a conversation. Of course she noticed I was not a "porteño" (this story would be countinuously repeated for the next days) and she said I should go to San Telmo (or Santelmo) instead. She said there were only rich houses in Recoleta and the real Buenos Aires vibe was not there. I always appreciate locals' advise, so I changed my itineraty towards Santelmo. I gotta say it was a really good choice!
San Telmo is a super lively district of B.A. where you can find all sorts of souvenirs, food, but of course live music. There were Brazilian, Bolivian, Peruvian musicians and of course Tango musicians and dancers. What a show! One of the bands I saw was really good, so I bought a CD from them. By this time I was really loving B.A. Much better than I thought it would be.