Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The authentic and the Disneyfied Buenos Aires

You get in the taxi and say one word. Caminito. The driver takes you to a neighborhood in the Boca section of BA that is a bag of contradictions. Very poor but very colorful. Italian (Genovese) heritage. They tried to become their own nation just a few years back. The "Caminito" is like Times Square. A tourist trap that you must see but not belabor. We headed through it and wandered the real streets and parks and open air markets. We ate oranges and inspected colorful bottles of home-brewed cleaning fluids. I made a sketch. The locals made suggestions in Spanish over my shoulder.


Birdie said...

It reminds me of old Florida. The real one.

Anonymous said...

No matter how poor, there is always money for paint. What a wonderful comodity! Looks like you've been having a good time.