Dancing cheek to cheek

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La Viruta tango and salsa place (in the basement of the Armenian cultural center)
I am now in a mission.  I must learn as much salsa and tango as i possibly can before I leave.  Last night we went to a tango venue that looks truly like an underground dance club from the movies.  It's in the basement of the Armenian cultural center and has levels of lessons in salsa and tango for about $2 a day, with interspersed periods of uninstructed dancing.  We caught the tail end of salsa, did the very very basic tango lessons and then I was asked to dance several times by old portenos (buenos aires natives).  I think they were somewhat surpised to discover that I cannot dance those dances anywhere near half as well as I look like i might.  Oh well, they were kind and taught me some moves in the process.  It is not an easy dance though, more waltz-like than I had imagined with an abundace of leg-crossing and backwards gliding and (what feels to me like awkwardly-timed) pauses.
Hi David (a fellow biologist on the trip)
  I bought a tickets deal for at least four more lessons there, at about $1.25 a pop.  I hope some pictures from that experience eventually surface.

After that, we hit up a salsa club Azucar ("Sugar") which was absolutely the best time dancing i think i've ever had.  Lots of Latin fusion music, and at times a cuban guy would get up on stage (with a full crowd of supporters, including our group, right behind him) and lead various dances. 

Today I went around town with some friends, mostly on a mission to buy a bus ticket to Medoza (the heart of the wine country) for the end of the week after next with some friends, and to test out some of the best icecream in town.  Also, yesterday, I got a personal trainer (a free service) at the gym I joined and hope that his fitness plan for me will combat the diet heavy on alfajores (god's gift to lovers of sweets in argentina - don't worry, i'll probably stuff my extra suitcase full of them on my way back).
Jenny and Joanne, the roomies


Tomorrow the rest of the Tech group leaves for Chile for a week to work on the other course, but I'm staying here for research.  I'm really glad for this though, since it will give me time to make friends with the other people in the residencia and really practice my spanish.  Plus I am now a cafe addict and think i could sit at a corner cafe for the rest of my life and read and chat and I would be happy.  And as several people have alreayd told me this trip but as one argentinian put so well: "Ah, i see, (making hands-off backing-away motion) you are independent lady" and I relish the challenge of having this next week here to figure this town out for myself.
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La Viruta tango and salsa place (i…
La Viruta tango and salsa place (…
Hi David (a fellow biologist on th…
Hi David (a fellow biologist on t…
Jenny and Joanne, the roomies
Jenny and Joanne, the roomies
the obelisk of buenos aires
the obelisk of buenos aires
street tango band
street tango band
More of La Viruta tango
More of La Viruta tango
Dancing onstage at the salsa club …
Dancing onstage at the salsa club…