ARGENTINA: it takes two to tango

December 11, 2009 By Archives, Travel

Wednesday was another very long day with a morning trip to the Ford pant here in Argentina. We got a first hand look at the company sales over the years, and a tour of the plant. We got to see the entire process of assembling a car beginning with the framework, all the way to making sure the air conditioning and power windows were working. After the tour Ford was very generous and had a lunch prepared for us. I was expecting something small, but when they started bringing out the steaks I was pleasantly surprised. After eating way too much we made our way back to the hotel.

That night we put on our Sundays best and went to a tango show. My ideas of a tango show were that we would watch two people dance for about half and hour and that would be it. I was wrong. We got to this place, which was a restaurant style theater with a very small stage, early and had a private tango lesson. The main couple from the show taught us a few steps, and after some trying we got the hang off it. After the lesson it was dinner time and I was faced with the decision of having steak two times in one day, or chicken for dinner. It didn’t take me long to decided on steak. If your in Argentina, you gotta go with steak, this is what Argentina is known for. The Steak was great, the wine was great and after dinner it was show time. The tango show was amazing, and was not what I expected at all. It stated off with three couples dancing on a very small stage, but was followed by numerous acts that were one in their own.There were two solo singers, the band, a really cool Indian folk group and an accordion player who were all outstanding in the own way. The show ended, and caped off great dinner experience. After the show it was time to go out on the town, and some friends and I tried out a club on the river front. It was filled with a lot of tourists, and English speaking people, but I still had a good time.

Thursday we had the opportunity to visit what was once a concentration camp during the dictatorship here in the 70’s. It was a pretty long and exhausting tour but it was very interesting. After the tour we went to La Plaza de Mayo to watch Las Madres walk. Las Madres are a group of mothers that walk around La Plaza to protest what happened during the dictatorship, and for the military to take responsibility for the missing. I do not want to write an essay about it, but I do encourage you to read for yourself about what happened here, and Las Madres. After La Plaza de Mayo it was a nice walk back to the hotel, and then dinner at night.

Today we had the pleasure of going to the University here, and had a brief lecture on the History of Argentina, and listened to a first hand testimony of what life was like during the dictatorship. It was really interesting to discuss her side of the story, and her a locals story. I am now back in the hotel about to go out for my friends birthday to a nice steak joint. I spent some time shopping, and just checked my checking account to find that my money is running out faster than I thought. All these clubs, and Christmas gifts have put me back a few. I also just bought some soccer tickets to a game this Sunday which I am very excited about. I’m going to see Boca play their final game of the year against the best team in the league. I hear these games can get pretty crazy, so I cant wait to see what happens. Sorry its been a while since my last blog, but its been busy here down south.

Hope all is well back in the states, and your not frozen under a pile of snow.