The Street Market in San Telmo
Since Luq and I had already experienced the â€śrichâ€ť part of
town and seen where the well off live and play in, we decided to try to head to
the part of Buenos Aires
that had a more of an â€śurbanâ€ť feel. Thus, we decided to check out the ferĂa,
street market, of San Telmo. This part of Buenos
Aires was once the host of the wealthy and prominent
denizens. However, throughout the years, people started to move away and more
towards the center of town. Consequently, San Telmo now consists more of
immigrants and has more of a working class feel.
We took the
subway, el subte, towards the edge of San Telmo and walked about 10 blocks or
so to reach the fair.
Tango dancers performing in the streets of the market
Here, we found the streets filled with tango dancers and
musicians as well as kiosks and stands full of Argentine crafts and goods. Luq
was particularly impressed with amount of indigenous and Argentine native
crafts. Most people describe Buenos
as a European city due to the vast amount of
citizens that come from European descent. Many PorteĂ±os (inhabitants of Buenos Aires
) are of
Italian heritage. This is why there is an influx of Italian influence in
clothing, food and art.We both bought some nice gifts for our friends and family. We also bought some gifts for ourselves. Luqman bought a nice indigenous painting and I bought a painting of two tango dancers.
spending a couple of hours at the street market, we headed back to the subway
to go towards Palermo
to find a place to eat.
Walking down the feria
When we arrived in Palermo
, we found out that many restaurants
were closed on Sunday. Thus we wandered around for a while trying to find a
decently priced restaurant to eat at. However, we also ran into another
problem. Boca Juniors, one of the main soccer teams in Buenos Aires
, was playing a game against Argentina
Juniors. Consequently, most restaurants were filled to capacity. People were
watching the game everywhere. We even passed some people watching the game in
front of an electronics store. They were totally transfixed and focused on the
game. It was amazing for us to see this because I donâ€™t think either of us had
experienced seeing people so mesmerized and engrossed in this manner in the United States
Looking at crafts
found a local pizza/deli restaurant and sat down to eat and watch the game.
Unfortunately our food was not that good. The pizza was bland and was made
poorly. However, we had a great time watching the game with the locals.
home after our meal and got settled in to watch the rest of the game on tv.
After the game, we watched some movies that were on the local English
channel, â€śUniversal.â€ť It was good to watch the movies and see what
was happening back in the States. It made me feel more connected to what was
going back home. Both of us headed to bed exhausted after another eventful day
to rest up for another day in the â€śParis of South America.â€ť