I ventured to a shopping center across the street. Almost no one speaks English and some know a word here and there. The menus are in Spanish. While sipping my Starbucks latte, I was looking down at the cabs. They were lined up and when the first got a fare, the others pushed their cabs up to the next position as opposed to starting them and pulling up one car length. They must be aware of the cost of starting and stopping the cabs. Coming out of the mall, young children were begging for money, were persistent and started grabbing at people. The guide warned us of crime and pickpockets. She said they often work in groups and gave an example that someone would bump into you and get ice cream on your shoulder and a nice couple would come up to help and begin cleaning it off while you are being robbed.
By the way, I am dealing with a computer that talks to me in Spanish. It is good that I enough the MI site to know what to click on.
Another observation; They have a doorman at the mall. He opens the door for people going in and out. I just figured that this is security. He notices who is going in and probably stops those they don't want. There is another man in a suit half way in several stores down who just stands there and watches. I assume that this is to keep shoppers safe.
My hotel also has a door man and from this, I think that this is also a form of security. Now I think I know the purpose of a door man.
I am a people watcher and like to learn as I travel.
Last day in Buenos Aires, took another short tour. It is an interesting city and different form most others. Eve Peron is big now and being commercialized by many.
Peoplewho come here frequently say that it has really changed the last few years. The crime rate is on the rise. People are warned about not putting anything in your outside pockets and women should hang on to their purses. Don't wear jewelry! Don't go down side roads. Lots of counterfit money. The advise is to pay with small bills so little or no change is given.
The buildings look somewhat European.
Will post some pictures when I return.
Did you see the NYT article about New Yorkers who travel to Argentina regularly for their tango lessons?
Apparently the difference in pricing of the lessons (very expensive in NYC), while it is free in Buenos Aires, which more than pays for the trip, and they get more lessons and practice in Buenos Aires.
I even saw a House Hunters International segment where a woman was buiying a pied d'tere in Buenos Aires to spend more time there dancing tango.
There is even a very interesting fiction book reviewed by the New Yorker where the plot revolves around Tango.
Anyways its been on my bucket list forever to go to Buenos Aires during the Tango Festival when they are dancing Tango in the streets!
You found some good information. It would be a good time to go to BA for the Tango competition. Many places have tango dancers for entertainment.
In a tourist area, tango dancers are inviting tourists to have a picture takes with one of them. They will pose a man or woman with a dancer and get some good pictures. After, they expect to be paid.
Its something that has been on my bucket list for sometime now.
My understanding is that the big tango celebration was in May, with folks were dancing in the streets, and more of a participatory event, though you could just spectate I suppose.
A few google searches is turning up something new though, a Tango Festival in Aug??? Or perhaps I have mistaken Buenos Aires Avenida de Mayo with the month of May. My spanish is not always wonderful!
Some more links on possibilities of viewing/dancing tango in BA
Also on the bucket list for Argentina is polo, gauchos and steaks!
There are wonderful polo schools.
This dancing is great! Now I am not the world's best Latin Dancer, and am the first to admit it, however it is certainly enjoyable to watch. Must have been great in first person Ms. Cali!!
This looks like post card stuff. Is this a real picture? Just kidding! LOL! I know they take this stuff serious big-time down there.
SA has always been know for its inflation hence currency devaluation for those that are working, and a very high unemployment rate. Most of the countries don't have a social safety net either. There is no right to legal counsel, and if imprisoned, food & laundry is done by the family, not the prison. Studying SA history is a challenge, due to the number of government changes, military involvement, etc. There is a very wide gap between the haves and have nots, that gets wider every day.
Many see Madonna when they think of Eve Peron. That movie and the Broadway play brought her to the public eyes. We were told that the people either love her or hate her. She would allow people to come to her and tell her what they needed. Eva would make a list and put orders in to factories, etc for the needed items. When the factories would try to charge the government, she would tell them that they had to do it for free.
Inflation is still really bad. The guide told us that it was not that long ago when if you borrowed $5,000 you would owe $20,000 2 days later. The wages don't go up. The government is working on trying to curb inflation. Now if you buy a house you would pay between 25 and 30% interest. To the people, this is great because you have a fixed rate and can eventually own a home.
Say one bought a house for $100,000 at 25%, the payment would be $2085/mo and over 30 years you would pay $650,383 in interest.
NathalieF I took a short video of tango dancers. Is there a way to post it from my picture file?
I intend on scouring your photos and stuff this evening. I have been away for work, so have not been on the forum here much.
I will be checking out all of your threads here over the next couple days. Thank you so much for not forgetting about me, by including mentions so I know where to find you. I think I have them all!
I am very excited, so I hope you broke out the good stuff. Love the plane photo where you were seated in that nice little entertainment cubicle class. Kharada46 loves it too!
Be talking to you over the next couple days
Your buddy, - Al