Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Camino a San Francisco - BsAs

Posted by Hippo Bean at 11:49 PM
The city seemed to have sprawled since I was here 10 years ago. Back to a local hotel and what a world of difference from the Sheraton. First order of business was the Gallerias Pacifico. In the food court there I found a good salteado mixto, basically a stir fry with lots of pepper and bean sprouts. Although it was 'chowed' (stirred fried) by a latino, it was surprisingly good. We didnt know of any good Tango shows and just picked one off the list the hotel gave us. We got lucky as it turned out to be in San Telmo, a local joint, small and intimate. The show at La Ventana offered not only Tango but included a Peruvian band playing traditional music with Andean panpipes, and images of Argentina were projected on a big screen behind the musicians, the Iguazu Falls, Patagonian landscapes, guanacos, condors soaring in the mountains and waterfalls, my beloved pampas, colonial houses, and Perrito Moreno. And when they played Camino a San Francisco, it took me back to the Peruvian mountains. I got emotional while I recalled Machu Picchu (now totally destroyed by floods), the Andean mountains, Patagonia, the estancias, the rain, and the companionships I've enjoyed there. It was a fantastic show. What can the Hippo say? She loves Argentina!

Video of Los Laikas playing at La Ventana [4.8M]

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