Friday, January 27, 2012

A Night of Tango at La Viruta

La Viruta is a milonga located in the basement of the Armenian Cultural Center in Palermo. If you’re new to tango, let me explain that a “milonga” is simply a place to dance tango. In the case of La Viruta you can also dance Cuban-style salsa or something the porteƱos call “rock and roll”, which is swing dancing.

Here’s how your night will go at La Viruta.

First, you check the schedule at the website and decide you want to take the 9pm tango class. Because you plan to have a bite to eat, you call in advance to reserve a table.

When you arrive you head downstairs and pay the 30 peso entry fee. (Once inside, after the class, you can buy discounted entry coupons if you plan to return and take more classes.)
You take your seat and watch students finish their sweaty class of salsa. You notice that the decor is not by any means fancy but the energy is good.

After the salsa class finishes, the tango music starts and the instructors head to the dance floor. They improvise a couple of songs. The dancing is sensational – vibrant and alive. You’re inspired and ready for your class.

One of the owners introduces the teachers and further energizes the crowd. He explains that “beginners go here, intermediate level 1 students go there” etc. You join the group at your level and enjoy the class. You see that partners are rotated frequently so it’s unnecessary to bring a friend. You make new friends quickly.

After the class, the milonga begins. At first, there are dancers of all levels on the dance floor. As the night goes on better dancers arrive.

Now it’s 4 in the morning. You’re mezmerized by the music, atmosphere, energy and dance. It’s at this moment that you realize that tango will be your life-long passion.

Here’s a link to La Viruta’s website.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Touring the Tigre Delta

At 5,400 square miles, the Tigre Delta is one of the largest in the world. Among the restaurants, artisan fairs, and outdoor atmosphere, the are many islands off the coast that are a site to see. By boat you can visit the different islands, some with spas, others with cabins, horseback riding, kayaking, etc.

Perfect for day trips or weekend, Tigre is 45 minutes by train outside of Capital. Whether you want to lounge out on the grass drinking mate, or find an island to stay for the weekend, Tigre is a must see while in Buenos Aires.

  • How to get there: 4 main ways.
    • From Retiro train station- 1 hour straight train ride
    • Colectivo line 60 (marked Panam)- 1 1/2 hours
    • Tren de la Costa
    • Commuter boat "Sturla" from Puerto Madero

Puerto de Frutos (Sarmiento 160, 10am-630pm)
Venders sell mostly housewares, wicker baskets, and dried flowers

Different types of Cabins to stay

Enjoy your visit!

Monday, January 9, 2012

La Bomba de Tiempo! Monday Nights

Every Monday night a group of 15 musicians come together to play all types of percussion instruments at the Centro Cultural Konex. Every week there is a different guest and the crowd of both tourists and locals go wild. It's an incredible experience you don't want to miss! Every Monday, rain or shine! Plus monthly all night "Fiestas" on Saturdays.

What: La Bomba de Tiempo
When: Every Mondays at 7:30
Where: Saramiento 3131 y Abasto
Cost: 30 pesos