We’re sorry Buenos Aires is closed, Please call again.

Viv desperately needed new shoes so we set off in hope. Unfortunately it was raining, and when it rains here, it means business. Still we had umbrellas ,and light waterproof’s. I had no suitable shoes though, so I just put on my lightest trainers. If (when) they got wet it would take less time for them to dry.
Nothing opens here until ten, then it all closes again at one. We stood outside the Abasto sheltering until it opened.
All the shoe shops were closed, a couple of them permanently, we could not even find Susana Atisinal. There was nothing for it but to head into town.
In Flabella they did not seem to want to give us any service, after ten minutes sitting waiting we left. Darcos gave us some cursory service but even they did not seem that interested. Only in Las Maria did we get any sort of service, they were half the price of Comm il Faut and they had decent straps, finally we managed to buy some shoes.
We returned and I carried on with the painting until it was time to go out again to a milonga. Tonight we took the 168 collectivo down to El Obalisco.
When we got there every one was outside. Seems the whole block had a power cut. Everyone was sat outside expectantly. After half an hour and nothing had happened people stared to drift off. Somebody said we should go to Lo de Celia, but that is on the same block, and so no doubt would also be in darkness.
Someone else suggested Plaza Bohemia, but after last time we decided against it.
In the end we came home, had a beer and watched a film about the Camino that a friend had emailed to us.

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2 responses to “We’re sorry Buenos Aires is closed, Please call again.

  1. jantango

    The next time you’re in my neighborhood with nothing to do, stop by and ring my doorbell. The notable Bar de Cao makes their own beer that’s worth a try on a hot day. Also nearby is Oscar’s ice cream place.

    If I’d known you were planning on Milonga de Buenos Aires at Obelisco Tango, I would have warned you about the power outage in the block. There is a butcher shop across the street from Lo de Celia that was without power, and I wonder what they did with all the meat. A confiteria and a health food shop were the only ones lucky to have generators.

  2. Terry

    Bob, enjoy following your BsAs experiences. Maybe we can meet up one day when I am in town. In the meantime, if you want hand-made to measure tango shoes, I suggest:
    Bottier,
    Centenera 1818,
    (1424) Capital Federal.
    Tel: 54 11 4921-5467
    http://www.argentina-exports.com.ar
    Jorge is a craftsman making shoes in a Dickensian workshop in barrio Parque Chacabuco, about a £4 taxi ride/20 mins. from the centre. He made a pair of excellent shoes for me in about one week. Cost Ar.$.950. No sign on the door. Just ring and wait. Very little English spoken.
    Abrazo,
    Terry

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