Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Veendam Day 4 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

We are here for two days in the capital and largest city in Argentina. It is considered the wealthiest city in SA. With 13 million inhabitants, it has a very European flavor, and is often referred to as the "Paris of South America."

Tango music was born in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, notably in the brothels of the Juníny Lavalle district and in the arrabales (poorer suburbs). Its sensual dance moves were not seen as respectable until adopted by the Parisian/wiki/Paris high society in the 1920s, and then all over the world. In Buenos Aires, tango-dancing schools (known as academias) were usually men-only establishments. Today there are many tango dance styles.

The language spoken is Spanish that is closer to the Neopolitan language of Italy. Tourism, manufacturing and agriculture are very important financial aspects of this area. The temperate climate draws visitors to the area year round, and with the relative low cost of living, many come here for a visit and stay!


Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

love coming along with you! i am learning mucho stuffo!!!
ha ha ha

smiles, bee

Sandee said...

I'm glad you let me come along too. I too am learning mucho stuffo. Empress Bee cracks me up.

Have a terrific time honey. Big hugs. :)

barb said...

Just read your post about boarding the ship. If that were my first cruise, I probably wouldn't be inclined to want to cruise again. It's supposed to be fun and stress-free. They need to learn to play nice and make it so!

Big Hugs ♥xo