Argentina Post #1 - Buenos Aires
|Floralis Generalis, a sculpture by Eduardo Catalano in Buenas Aires.|
We're about halfway through our trip to Argentina, and it's been absolutely incredible. I was hoping to have posted more frequently, but internet access has been sporadic at best.
|A tower in La Recoleta Cemetery.|
Part 1 - Buenas Aires
Julia and I arrived a day after my parents in Buenas Aires. We stayed at a nice hotel called Hotel Casasur. On the first afternoon, Julia and I went to La Recoleta, which is a beautiful cemetery with individual mausoleums for each family. Each one was unique and many had beautiful stone carvings and statues.
We went out to nice meal that evening at an Italian restaurant. We had the best octopus that we've ever had and learned that Argentine portions are huge.
The next morning we took a walking tour to the Malba Museum. Along the way we passed the beautiful flower sculpture entitled Floralis Generica, which (when functional) opens during the day and closes at night.
|Interesting shadows give the impression of a city skyline in La Recoleta Cemetery.|
|There's nothing like spider webs to convey a sense of time passing. On this mausoleum a cherub stands watch over a family's resting place in La Recoleta Cemetery.|
|More interesting statues adorn the mausoleums of the passed in La Recoleta Cemetery.|
|More than the remains of ancestors call La Recoleta their home, as this bird can attest.|
|One of the most striking characteristics of the La Recoleta Cemetery in Buenas Aires is that it is juxtaposed against a modern cityscape.|
|This was the late evening view from the balcony at the Hotel Casasur in Buenas Aires.|
|I love images that make you question what you are looking at. Here, a storefront window reflects a tree along the streets of Buenas Aires.|
I was also fortunate enough to meet up with Dartmouth students who were in Argentina on an LSA (Language Study Abroad) led by professor Julio Ariza. They were given a personalized tour of the permanent collection and I tagged along for a little bit.
|A group of Dartmouth students get a personalized tour of the Malba Museum in Buenas Aires. Here they are learning about a piece by Diego Rivera.|
|The La Boca district of Buenas Aires is full of colorful buildings and colorful people, both real and fake.|
|I noticed this streetlight in the canopy during our walk through a nice neighborhood in the Palermo district near the Malba Museum.|
We had a nice dinner in Palermo Soho and then went back to the hotel. The next morning we began our epic journey to Bahia Bustamante. First a shuttle to the Buenas Aires domestic airport, then a plane to Comodoro Rivadavia and finally a two and a half hour drive north through the desert to Bahia Bustamante.
|Sometimes the simplest images are the most engaging.|
|These buildings are a good representation of the colors you will find in the La Boca district of Buenas Aires.|
|Here is the the first iteration of our group, down here in Argentina to celebrate my father's 70th birthday. (My dad is standing next to me, third from the right.)|
|My mom and Julia look back as we get on the plane to head to Patagonia. I miss entering planes from an outside stair such as this.|