La Boca

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La Boca

The birthplace of Buenos Aires, of Tango and of course Boca Juniors! It´s a crazy place on the orginal docks of the city.  A thriving community, once very wealthy, when Argentina was the farmer for teh world after the war and Europe needed supplies.  However when the demand slowed and the country fell from one of the richest to one of the poorest it was mirrored by the decline of La Boca.  The immigrants still came, the community still thrived but where there was once wealthy families living one family per house, there were 10 or more families living in one house, in one room with one bathroom.  In order to maintain their houses they stole paint from the ship yards to paint their homes, which is why the houses are different colours.

  When sailors used to dock here they came looking for "light relief" and the dance they danced with the prostitutes in the area was the Tango.  It was born here and it died here when the rich shunned it and stamped it out.  It was revived by Hollywood, with films like Scent of a Woman, but Argentina doesn´t lay claim to the dance anymore.

La Boca now has an open museum called "Caminito", and it consists of three streets that the government maintain to show tourists what the area is like.  They do this as the area is one of the poorest in all BA and dangerous to go into.  Why the government don´t direct funds to help the poor in the area i don´t know.  It felt like Disney Land for the rich people to go and see how the poor people live.

  I found it a little uncomfortable to be honest but i loved the history and feel of the place. 

You can´t mention Boca and not talk about Boca Juniors ... the heart and blood of many Porteños.  We went to the home of Boca Juniors, the home of Maradona and so many legends.  All Boca fans are passionate in a way that makes English fans look like novices.  They are also slightly, maybe mentally, unstable.  The "12" as they are called are the ardent fans who feel like the 12 men on the beach.  They have an area where they are caged in.  Atone of the last derbys they set fire to their end of the stand when the team scored.  God knows what they did when River scored?!  The away team fans sit above the stadium out of harms way.  Except that they inflict their own kind of harm.  Apparently some of them feel it necessary to pee into clear plastic bags and at a point of their choosing throw them into the home team crowd.  When they leave the stadium they also eleviate themselves on the steps so the home team fans have to walk through it.  Nice..... i think i´ll stick to English football matches!

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