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Buenos Aires is a city where every open area is transformed into a dance floor

Buenos Aires is a city where every open area is transformed into a dance floor

It is the capital of South America that sticks out the most. Buenos Aires is unlike anyplace else on this diverse and beautiful continent because of its rich immigration history and physical isolation, far below the equator.
It’s not for nothing that it’s known as the “Paris of the South.” It’s evident in the city’s gorgeous European-style architecture and dynamic culture, which is a heady mix of old world inspirations and new world vigour.
You can sense a frisson, an energy, and an edge in the air as you walk through the streets of BA.
Buenos Aires is unlike any other city you’ll ever visit, whether you seek romantic tango, crazy and frantic excitement in its soccer stadiums, or cutting edge art in its parks and museums.

That vibe is palpable at La Boca, Buenos Aires’ vibrant original harbour. Two of Argentina’s biggest pleasures, soccer and tango, were cultivated in this area, when Italian immigrants arrived in droves in the early twentieth century.
In the shadow of La Bombonera, the Boca Juniors stadium where the late Diego Maradona earned his fame, tango continues to attract tourists eager to see this smouldering, seductive dance up close while also getting a chance to try it for themselves.
According to Horacio Godoy, a dancer and coach, the Tango explosion began when immigrants in La Boca began crafting their own dance.
“I suppose people needed something in this life in the new space,” he says of the arrivals who built what he describes as “the new space.”

“People start to dance because they want to have something with ladies, you know?” he grins. “But you cannot dance with ladies 120 years ago. So you have to practice with men, with men, only men.”
Tango started off as a poor man’s dance. It wasn’t long before it became a national and then worldwide craze, being less formal than the waltz and racier than the foxtrot. Its passionate style was established after ladies began dancing with men, and the rest is history.
Nonetheless, tango is as much about socialising as it is about romance, as seen by the city’s hundreds of milongas, where people gather to dance, drink, and forget about their troubles.
Tango helps people create friendships in many places than simply social groups. Tango is danced everywhere there is space, including the street, the park, and one’s own house.
Tango, along with soccer, may be one of Buenos Aires’ life-giving powers. But, because to the majestic Recoleta cemetery, the dead are cherished in the Argentinian capital, probably more than anyplace else in Latin America.
It’s a necropolis to match Pere Lachaise in Paris, with massive graves and colossal structures evoking the European influences that pervade the area.
The wealthy and powerful of BA society spend their final pesos on monuments at Recoleta to guarantee that their names are never forgotten. But no mausoleum is more popular than that of Eva Peron, better known as Evita.
“She is one of the most important figures in our history,” says local historian Camila Perochena. “In our 20th century history… I think that she is one of the most known Argentinians outside our country.”
Her thoughts about socialism were harmful to the generals and elites who ensured she was first interred overseas, and she was seen as a pawn in her husband Juan’s political games. To those who worship her, she is a powerful symbol of development in a country that has had its fair share of challenges over the last 50 years.
Her remains, together with her blood relations, is buried five metres underground in the Duarte family tomb. Thousands of people gather here to pay their respects despite the fact that it’s difficult to find and not well-marked
“We don’t live in the past,” Perochena explains, “but we always speak about it.” “We always have disagreements over our pasts, whether it’s over dinner or anything else. Peron, the revolution, and the military rule are all discussed. As a result, we keep talking about the past, and the past is very much a part of our daily lives.”
Evita’s legacy remains on, whether at the museum named after her in the Palermo area, a former women’s shelter bought by her own social foundation in 1948, or at the Department of Health and Social Development.
Evita is seen in two portraits here. One displays her smiling as she looks south to the poorer and less wealthy districts of Buenos Aires.

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