Does travel make you more creative? More compassionate?Yes, if you travel with those intentions.
I took these photos of street art that was on our route to the subway station. One of the first impressions I had of Buenos Aires was how much graffiti was everywhere, but I got used to it after a while. But I do believe it is a sign of some social unrest that has yet to be resolved. I love how these paintings cover up some of the graffiti. Like saying, there's better ways, people. I heard there is a tour of BA street art. If I ever go back, I want to take that tour.
One of the "must-sees" seems to be the Recoleta Cemetery, where Evita's crypt can be found.
It is a weird place to go, kind of eerie, but it does give you a sense of history and culture, especially for the upper classes here. If you care to read any of these plaques, you will be confused as I am, about the dates. I overheard a tour guide say that there is more than one Evita in the family, and there is some kind of mystery surrounding the real body. I will read up on it to feed my curiosity. There were also a lot of interesting sculptures (and architecture) here.
From here, we took a bus to La Boca. It is famous for it's soccer stadium and Caminito, a colorful artist's village with lots of stores catered towards tourists, and restaurants with tango dancers to attract customers. We shopped there for our souvenirs and gifts to bring back home.
We were told to go to La Boca by a contact in Hawaii who wanted us to look up her tango teacher, an artist named Guillermo Alio. We found him right away and made arrangements to have a tango lesson the next day. His nephew is also an artist and spoke English. We asked him for a restaurant recommendation there, and he said none. We had heard this before that this area was an overpriced tourist trap. But we succumbed. We were captivated by these dancers, and sat there, right in front of the stage. We had wine and delicious calamari and enjoyed the gaucho traditional dancing, tango musicians, and dancers.
I have traveled quite a bit, and am using this page to record some memories. Travel is a wonderful education, expanding your view of the world, of other cultures, of the beauty of diversity.