Swing dancing in Tango country??? :)
28.05.2010 - 28.05.2010
May 28 Latin America’s oldest subway
Today, we took the Subte metro to the Plaza de Mayo, hoping to witness a demonstration which, according to the locals, take place here nearly every day, organized by labor unions, human rights defenders whose goal is to raise awareness about the Falkland Islands dispute, etc. Again, it was a peaceful day, local school-kids taking tours filled the square. I spoke with a representative of the Falkland Islands group, discussing the changes he has seen in many of the neighborhood and cultural dynamics, as Latin American immigration has increased. On our way home we rode an original wooden train on Latin America’s oldest subway system. We enjoyed more empanadas for our late lunch- early dinner; window-shopped, and devoured more dulce de leche treats from one of the many pastry shops.
I cannot express how kind the people are here. Anytime we hesitated or looked at a map or the metro guide, a local would ask us, in perfect English, if they could help us find something. In the subte a young man asked us if we were together and then smiled stating that he has many lesbian and gay friends. I suppose this statement was made to help us feel at home. J We have made friends in every environment that we have been in: planes, trains, sidewalk, dance studio, hostels, restaurants, etc.
Later, we attended a swing dance class and live jazz concert that Romeo had invited us to, where we enjoyed listening to his girlfriend Cecilia sing Ella Fitzgerald and other classic tunes, in impressive English! Included in our cover were several “taxi dancers” who were very talented at teaching beginner leaders and followers. Shannon did very well with her first dance lesson in Spanish and was delighted to discern that “¡Eso!” meant “That’s it!”