Flashpacking as a Porteña Queen
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January 12th, 2010 – by: melsadventure
I´ve spent three and a half amazing weeks here and have taken the city to heart and i think vice versa. I've learnt that BA has the world's widest avenue and it takes 2 rounds of lights to cross it. I've made friends with Juan the fruit man opposite Chillhouse and the family that run Angels Empanada house. I take the subway where i need to go and can traverse the streets of Palermo without using a map. Despite all the warnings before coming to the city about fake notes, having things stolen etc etc i never encountered a single bad thing in BA. In my heart i became a Portena, a Portena Queen some might say!
In that time I've needed to redefine the term "backpacking" as technically i´m not so sure that´s what i´m doing! I´ve tested my tardis of a backpack shopping in Pakermo and Santa Fe.
In my last days i met up with Raila who i worked with and learnt spanish with back home. She's travelling with her lovely boyfriend Jonas and as Maggie has abandoned me for Colombia we've decided to spend the next few weeks together working our way up to Salvador in Brasil. They're a great couple and it's bound to be a great adventure!
My last days in BA were spent soaking up the atmosphere and hanging out by Raila's pool with Maggie, shopping in Palermo, catching up with friends and coming to terms with the fact in a few days i'll be swapping Malbec for Capirinhias and Tango for Samba.
Our last night in BA we decided to live the BA experience and induldge in a Tango show. We went for dinner in San Telmo where many Tango clubs and the old spirit of Tango still exist. We ate in a beautiful Tapas bar and had Malbec (naturally!) in the oldest bar in BA, Cafe Dorrego.
Tha Tango show was called "The Porteno" and despite plumping for the promo seats of $80 pesos we were very pleasantly suprised when the concierge walked us to one of the front tables to be seated. Result! Having heard mixed reviews about Tango shows our expectations weren't very high but i have to say it was one of the most amazing shows i´ve ever seen. The sets and the dancing were slick, detailed and beautiful. One dance in particular had the entire audience spell bound. It was so erotic and beautiful and the dancer was mesmirising. Possibly one of the best $80 pesos spent! After the spell was broken we decided to squeeze in one last cocktail and headed to Million for delicios frozen daquiris and mojito or two.
The perfect way to end a perfect stay.
Adios mi bella Buenos Aires. Hasta Pronto.
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