Let’s go back to last Thursday. Since I’ve mastered the washing machine, I decide to head out. I took the SubTe to Palermo district (smaller panic attack this time) so I could visit the Evita museum.
This museum is one of my favorites. It collects Eva Peron’s personal items and fabulous clothes and uses them to tell the story of her influence on Argentina. The museum is located in a former mansion that Evita turned into a home for single mothers. The building is lovely and they have a terrific cafe as well. It makes me think of how strong an influence one person can have.
Friday, I went to Recoleta. This is the ritzy part of Buenos Aires. To start I went for lunch at El SanJuanino. This is a cheap restaurant in a fancy neighborhood. It specializes in empanadas and locro. Empanadas here are meat or cheese filled and bigger than Mexican empanadas. They are very yummy and available almost everywhere as a snack or a meal. Locro is a corn stew with mystery meat. The first time I had it I didn’t really know what was in it and I loved it. Now I know it has tripe (which grosses me out a little), but I just don’t eat the big chunks and it’s fine.
After lunch, I proceeded to Recoleta cemetery. I know it sounds odd to visit a cemetery, but this one is special. Each grave is a mausoleum or monument of some sort. The who’s who of Argentine history are buried here. There are some beautiful statues and buildings. It’s interesting to see the various styles from Victorian to art deco to mod 60s architecture. Some are quite well-tended and others are slowly crumbling. The cemetary is full now but families still continue to use the mausoleums.
There was a funeral going on while I was there. It seems odd to have such a personal ceremony in such a popular tourist spot, but I think the people buried here have always been well-known. The liked to see and be seen so such a public resting place is fitting.
Saturday, I took a little vacation from vacation and stayed the night at the Marriott. It is the oldest hotel in Buenos Aires and is quite lovely. There was a very noisy party in my apartment building that started in the morning. There was also a road construction project outside my bedroom. It seemed like a night of room service and tv in English was called for. I snuggled in for the evening with room service pizza. At turn-down, they leave a candy bar on your pillow so I had dessert as well. I caught up on the news on CNN and watched Return of the Jedi. It seemed quite decadent!
Sunday, I ventured far into the suburbs for another polo match. It was the final of the Tortugas Cup at a country club. This match was even more exciting than the first one I saw. The score was close all the way through the chukkers. Not knowing much about horse shoes, I did wonder what kind they use since polo is played on grass. Whatever kind they are, they are very shiny. I don’t know if they are the same kind of ice shoes they use at Round-Up or something else entirely.
On the other hand, I can report that Argentinian children play under the bleachers and beg for money to get ice cream just like American kids. They also bring their little polo mallets to the match which seems like a recipe for danger, but the kids around me managed not to hit anyone.
For today, I don’t have any big plans. I’m going out for a walk. I might see a movie. I’ll report back later.