|Buenos Aires (the Non-Rioting Part)|
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Note: For more information about these pictures, read about our first impressions of Buenos Aires and our night at the tango show.
|Peace of Mind — Creature comforts aren't something we're used to on our trip, but when you're in a town where your main concern is not getting doused with tear gas, a little bit of comfort goes a long way. In this case, we got our security fix by staying at the flashy, business-class Hilton hotel in the nicest part of town. It's such a change for us, this is even the first time on our trip we've so much as seen glass elevators.|
|Western Comforts — The lobby of the luxurious (to us, anyway) Hilton Hotel in Buenos Aires, where the motto is, "Your dollar is worth something here...we just aren't sure what that is in pesos."|
|Puenta de la Mujer — Beautiful pedestrian bridge in Puerto Madero, built by Santiago Calatrava. It spans 160 meters, and swings open to allow sailboats to pass through the channel, as well.|
|Puenta de la Mujer — Keith poses on the wooden walkway of the "Bridge of the Woman". What woman? We have no idea.|
|Not the Famous Opera House — Everything in Puerto Madero is new. Just three years ago, it was vast expanses of landfill, but now, it's home to elaborate hotels and modern business centers, and the construction is still going on, as evidenced by all the cranes. The designers have been going for very "modern" looks, too, such as with the exhibition hall seen here, which appears to have been built using concrete molds (or maybe plastic ones) from a similar-looking structure in Sydney, Australia.|
|Buenos Aires Skyline — The very modern and sparkly skyline of Buenos Aires, viewed from the newly-built Puerto Madero district.|
|La Fragata Presidente Sarmiento — A 100-year-old former Argentine flagship and naval training ship, now a floating museum.|
|Tango! — Our first excuse to get dressed up and go out on our trip was for a tango show at Carlos Gardel's, named for the man who popularized tango as a dance for the masses (by adding a vocal component to it) in the early 20th century. Not a dance for the slow, unless you want a slap in the face or a foot in the groin.|
|Tango! — An elevated orchestra platform moves forward and back, as the dancers swing each other around like sandbags, and cigarette smoke provides a moody, albeit cancerous, atmosphere to the entire room.|
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