Exploring La Boca and Tango in BA

img00041-20110125-1230I have traveled to several “old towns” in many cities around the world. But few can compare to La Boca barrio in Buenos Aires (“BA”), Argentina. The neighborhood is at the mouth (“boca” in Spanish) of the Matanza-Riachuelo River.

La Boca is the original part of the city and projects its roughness through its thrown together, unplanned architecture and tough people who live there. It is a colorful, lively, noisy center for socialist political thinking. It smells like a sea-side town. Yet, overall, it is a very enjoyable location and essential place to visit.

Cobblestone streets are reminiscent of a by-gone time and the buildings are often fabricated from various discarded materials.  Corrugated metal is often the construction material of choice as seen in the colorful photo.

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