Monday, January 17, 2005

You Know When You've Been Tango'd

My last two days in BA have been rather lethargic due to the heat and humidity. It's strange, but it wasn't that long ago when I was having to get dressed to go to sleep (2 pairs of socks, trousers, 2 T-shirts, jumper, scarf, woolly hat and mittens) and now I'm sweating like a big in just my boxer shorts, and it's only going to get hotter and sweatier from here.

Two nights ago I went to one of the ubiquitous tango shows and found it rather enjoyable, which was a pleasant surprise as I'm not really a big fan of that sort of thing. The dancing, of course, was entertaining and oozing sexiness but the music and singing were pretty decent too. The whole tango scene is also a bit sad as it harks back to a time when Argentina was rivalling European countries for class and sophistication, a promise that wasn't fulfilled due to too much corruption and military meddling in political affairs (lets just hope they've seen the back of both of them). Other interesting places that I've managed to visit are San Telmo (a bohemian artists' quarter full of quirky antiques shops and restaurants) and La Boca (working class suburb and home to Latin America's largest football club: Boca Juniors). What has put a bit of a dampener on things is the fact that all the nightclubs are closed due to the new year's eve disaster (in which 186 people died in a nightclub fire) and in the bars that do play music you're not allowed to dance.

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