Being a Poephol and Other News
18.02.2011 - 19.02.2011
I wanted to start off by publicly shaming myself for missing my flight by thinking it was today and not yesterday. There are no excuses for being that crass and negligent in the presence of a printed itinerary and the internet, and for that I believe that if there existed Poephol rating system I would fall roughly between a buck-toothed and a double-sided asshole. Additionally I would like to apologize to the entire Deeks family for preparing what was to be an amazing day for me and coming to the airport early to pick me up. I would lastly like to thank my parents for coming in to help me again by first having my brother call the hostel to translate and then working both sides of the phone to make sure I got on the next flight down. I guess you really are never old enough to have your bum wiped for you and for that I am very grateful to all parties involved.
In regards to my time here, yesterday and today I wrapped up the last possible to-dos on my agenda and have spent today preparing for the trip tomorrow. Yesterday I went to the National Museum of Tango, which was a good follow-up to the Tango Show I went to earlier in the trip. I got context on the evolution of the dance so synonymous with this country, learning how as it become more universal the bands became smaller, moves more modern, and the participants now coming from around the world. Additionally, I went to the Casa Rosada, which used to be the presidential palace but now serves more of a museum chronicling the history of the nation and housing exhibits regarding the "Bicentennial" of independence that occurred in 2010. I found the building to be an interesting concoction of architecture that was very ornate. More than anything it seemed about presentation, as seems to be the case with most things politics, and I found it hard at times to imagine functionary purposes. I rounded out the day by doing a tour at sunset of the Palacio Barollo, which is a building in Congreso that is famous for being built using Dante's Divine Comedy as a source of inspiration. Everything, from the arrangement of floors, to the numbers of pillars, to the decorations around the elevator, harkens back to some part of the book. During the tour we got to see examples of Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven and receive descriptions of the allusions. Of all of them my favorite was Heaven, as we got to scale to the light-house at the top of the building and see stunning views of the city in all directions. What struck me is how lowly built and immense the city is, as the vista at the top of 22-story building allowed me to see all the major sites in the area. The tour concluded with a wine tasting of Palacio Barolo wine and a look into what offices were like here in the 1920s and in many ways still are. The major downsides of renting in the building are the community toilets, lack of A/C (became more and more sweltering with each floor), and the funky layouts of the rooms, which were built for another era of business.
Thus officially concludes my time here, an incredible stay that allowed me both a glimpse into the diverse and stunning geography of Argentina and the countless reasons why I love BA and could see myself living here. To spice things up a bit I also included a poll here to hear what you, dear readers, think of my shenanigans.