An expat Californian building a new life via the tango in Buenos Aires since 2003, including information on learning the tango and where to dance it in Buenos Aires.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Sunday in the Parque

Last Sunday was HOT! How to spend the day? Boating in the Bosque de Palermo, that’s how! We rented a rowboat (not this tangocherie, er, yacht!) and toured the whole lake, followed by a stroll in the rose gardens and a choripan lunch. After living here in Buenos Aires for three years, and visiting upteen times before that, this was my first time in the Bosque, which was built over 100 years ago, and restored in the '90's. It was lovely to see the rollerbladers and runners and families out to enjoy themselves on a Sunday afternoon in the park.

But then we went to Jumbo, which was close by, also a first for me. I was literally a kid in a candy store as I ran around dumping things in my cart that I’ve never seen in Buenos Aires markets before. Raspberries and goat cheese and Thai noodles and cans of curry sauces in three colors and ground coffee without sugar are not easy to find in Boedo where I live. I almost went into cardiac arrest though when I got to the checkstand.

Boedo is a whole different world from Palermo: we don’t even have a park, let alone a lake, and no imported foods. I can see, here as it is around the world, the neighborhood where you live determines your impression of the whole city (and sometimes of the whole country).

Don’t get me wrong, I love Boedo. But I hope to spend more time in Palermo. And next time I’ll be more careful and look at the prices in Jumbo before I have to pay.

Great blog article:
the noise of a marginal life: The supermarket as a window into the heart of a city


miss tango in her eyes said...

I love walking around Boedo. My singing teacher is in this barrio. It isn´t the most beautiful barrios but I think it is certainly very real.

Cherie said...

Hey Miss Tango,

I'm offended: Boedo isn't the most beautiful????

But that aside, the next time you come here for a singing lesson (how I envy you that you can sing!), please come pay me a visit!

It's really hard to get to know someone in the milonga. And I need all the friends I can get. Plus I can practice my English with you. :)