Mi Buenos Aires Querido…..

La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
I’m taking a break from the garden lockets due to a moment of nostalgia. Right now, I’d love to sit on the bench above, which is located in “La Boca”, a working class barrio (neighborhood) in Buenos Aires. It’s one of the famous tourist attractions with its colorful houses originally decorated with the left over paint used for ships.

It’s also famous for its tango past. The history of tango is fascinating. Did you know that to impress the ladies, men would meet, improvise and practice, developing the dance style. You’ll find couples dancing in the street today, but only for the tourists and their pesos. Although their dancing is often professional and beautiful, my favorite tango places were not in the guidebooks, but found in the neighborhoods outside the spotlight. Entering these hidden social dance halls felt like traveling through time and space.

They looked more like “Claechen’s Ballhaus” in Berlin and the dancers inside are proof that youth and beauty are never necessary to express emotion, elegance and passion though dance and movement.

Get a taste below what you’ll find in the streets of “La Boca”. The “tango” was originally composed as an instrumental piece by a Canadian Celtic musician, so it’s not really a tango:

However, the song  Al Pacino is dancing to, is the beautiful tango “Por una Cabeza”
 by Carlos Gardel. The scene below is taken from the movie “Scent of a Woman”.

A day of a little “Wanderlust” …. and still experimenting with small embroideries. The unfinished stitched small “Boca” on top was a reminder of my time in Argentina and fits perfectly in a locket to be held close to my heart. “Mi Buenos Aires Querido”…a perfect tango ending… if nothing else.
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  1. yukiko-chan says:

    Hi!
    I usually read a lot of crafting blogs and I never thought that i could, one day, read someone talking about my belove latinamerica.

    The project you mention you're making about Buenos Aires is beautiful, I think you capture the perfect colors very good. Love it.

    I live right next to Argentina, actually in Chile and looking at your stitching project I remembered my recent travel to Valparaiso. Is a very pretty city next to the sea with a lot of colors in every street, cars, anything.
    I mention this 'cause I was inspired by your work to do something crafty with this colors I found in Valparaiso.

    So, thanks for sharing such a pretty project and I hope didn't bother you with this a long comment.

    Kisses an take care.

  2. Cathy says:

    Your Boca piece is perfect. And the dance video with the young couple was so beautiful to watch.

  3. LiaV says:

    UNBELIAVABLE! I WATCHED THIS VERY SAME COUPLE DANCING THE TIME I WENT TO BUENOS AIRES, THEY ARE REALLY GOOD AT THEIR DANCING AND FUN PEOPLE TOO! THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS, I AM NEW TO YOUR BLOG BUT LET ME SAY THE BOCA PIECE IS EXTEMELY BEAUTIFUL.

  4. Anairam says:

    I love Buenos Aires. I went there on my own to take tango classes a couple of years ago (I had already been dancing for 4 years at that stage) – it was magnificent. Sadly, my tango life is over now. No more dancing, but oh, I do so love the music and listen to it often – with an ache in my heart.

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