San Telmo

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The Street Market in San Telmo

     Since Luq and I had already experienced the “rich” 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 “urban” feel. Thus, we decided to check out the fería, 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 Aires as a European city due to the vast amount of citizens that come from European descent. Many Porteños (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. 

            After 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 don’t think either of us had experienced seeing people so mesmerized and engrossed in this manner in the United States.
Looking at crafts

            We finally 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.

            We headed 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, “Universal.” 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 “Paris of South America.”

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The Street Market in San Telmo
The Street Market in San Telmo
Tango dancers performing in the st…
Tango dancers performing in the s…
Walking down the feria
Walking down the feria
Looking at crafts
Looking at crafts
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One of the beautiful cathedrals i…
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