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, April 26, 2007

Julio's Milonga, Chiqué, is Back!!





Great news for tangueros in Buenos Aires. After a month of searching out possible salons when his elegant milonga at the Club Espanol closed in March, Julio inaugurates the new "Chique" on Thursday, May 3. Next Thursday and every Thursday, Chique will be happening in the Casa Galicia from 4-11 as always.

There is a large wooden dance floor, and the club is only three blocks from the old Club Espanol. Dany, "the best DJ of Buenos Aires," will be playing his fabulous music.

Note the address:
Casa Galicia
San Jose 224, 1p (esquina Alsina)

in the barrio of Congreso.

After a month of suffering with no place we like to dance on Thursdays without Club Espanol, Ruben and I will be back at Chique and hope to see all of you there!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

I WON, I WON!!!

Yes, indeedy, the grand prize winner of ArgentinasTravel's Link to a Steak Contest is none other than your own tangocherie! Watch Cesar make the announcement below:



A delicious steak dinner isn't all I've won lately--at Club Espanol's final milonga at the end of March, I won the free drawing of a beautiful pair of TangoLeike shoes!

I've been waiting two years to win those shoes (the shoe at the left is NOT TangoLeike!) at Chique's monthly drawing. But I'd rather that Julio still organized "the most elegant milonga of Buenos Aires." How we miss him, his wife Mirta, Laura, Marcelo, Pato, and Monica. We're lost every Thursday night with no Club Espanol. Hopefully Julio will soon reopen in another salon nearby.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Here's What I Want You to Do..




C.S.I. Miami is one of my favorite TV shows. I love the computer tweaked Miami colors, the interesting characters, and especially David Caruso's Horatio Caine, ex homicide detective turned Crime Scene Investigator. Standing in a graceful slouch, he takes off his sunglasses, looks at you and says in a calm and compelling voice, "Here's what I want you to do." And you trust him and you're not afraid anymore. And you want to do exactly what he's going to tell you to do, and you do it.

That's what happens when someone calm and graceful, musical and confident takes a woman in his arms to dance tango. He doesn't say anything, but says everything. His body tells you what he wants you to do and you do it with pleasure. You feel safe, and free. And it's now that you can fully express yourself and the music because he has taken care of all the basics and you know he will take care of you, and of absolutely everything.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007


LINK TO A STEAK CONTEST

Who wouldn't want to win a delicious Argentinian Bife de Chorizo? Argentinian beef is more naturally organic, without hormones or antibiotics, guilt-free enjoyment (or so they say.)
The very informative ArgentinasTravel.com is having a Link to a Steak Contest. All I have to do to win the steak is refer people from my blog to my three favorite posts on Argentinas Travel Blog. The most click-throughs wins!

1) Of course my favorite post on the site is about my #1 favorite subject, tango, and also one that I wrote. Please check out A Beginner's Guide to Tango in Buenos Aires By tangocherie

2) But apart from tango, I love to travel and unfortunately after three years of living in Argentina, I haven't been lucky enough to travel around the country. But first on my list to visit one day soon is Calafate; go to the post below and see why. (What a gorgeous photo--if I go to Calafate, I've GOT to buy a camera!)
El Calafate – A Beautiful (and Fast-Growing) Little Tourist Town By Peter Schuller

3) And when I go to Calafate, the #1 site I want to see is the glacier:Perito Moreno Glacier, a Must-see Tour in Patagonia So there you have it, my 3 favorite posts from fellow bloggers at http://argentinastravel.com.

Please check them out, get ready to plan a trip around Argentina, and help me win that yummy steak!!
Pass the pimienta negra, por favor.


Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Felice Pasqua and Happy Autumn!





I'll never get used to my March 23rd birthday and Easter not being signs of Spring.
Some days I feel more topsy-turvey than others down here below the Equator.
But I always have fun whenever I go to glassgiant.com and play. (That's Phoebe in the Easter Egg below.)

Semana Santa (Holy Week) isn't celebrated in Argentina like it is in Mexico and Guatemala with altars and processions and untold pageantry. Here it's another traditional week of vacation and legal holidays and not much more, culturally speaking. I should talk; I'm going to Los Angeles for Easter!



Whatever you are celebrating now, and whenever it is in your part of the world, Have a Good One!

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Milongueando en Mardel



I thought I was the only person in Argentina who never had been to Mar Del Plata, the summer playground of all Buenos Aires. On January 1st the roads, bus stations, and airports are jammed with people going to the Atlantic Coast on holiday. High season is January and February and I hear tell, and see on the news, there's no space on the sand to put one more towel. Of course, the prices are at their highest as well.

So we waited until March, and went for a long weekend, when there were less people and lower prices. I preferred to stay fewer days in a nicer place, and so I chose Bristol Condominiums on the Playa Bristol because they guaranteed a sea view. And beckoning out our picture window was the Club de Pescadores on a wharf which lit up the night sea sky with a neon blue Quilmes sign (below). We had the best meal of the whole trip there. Plus it's very old and made like a ship, so the ambiance inside as well as out was delightful.

We took the collectivo to the Puerto (right), and also to the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes (left), just in time for Mass.








Of course we left the nights free for dancing tango. On Friday we went to Chique in the Club Asturiano, a small salon with emblems of Spain decorating the walls. We recognized several friends from Buenos Aires.
On Saturday we arrived at the Centro de Leon y Castilia early in order to have dinner. What a gorgeous salon, with a stage and red velvet curtins, large wooden floor, and a mezzanine running around the room. We had a nice, quiet time, with plenty of room to dance, but the music was a problem: the organizer was the DJ who just put music on and let it play through terrible speakers.

Mar Del Plata is a beautiful old city, smaller but with all the charm of Buenos Aires. I could easily imagine living there in one of the old stone houses that are everywhere, just a stone's throw from the beach. I liked it much more than I thought I would, and I certainly won't wait another three years to return!