Time to move away for a while from the posts about writing failures, so here are some photos taken at various times around Buenos Aires, many from the La Boca barrio. Only a small part of this humongous city is sparkling and ritzy looking. A tiny part. Much of it looks like this … or far, far worse. Clicking on a photo enlarges it.
The photo above shows makeshift housing thrown together amid some ruined, empty buildings, with a major highway just to one side. Continuing along this street, which has the river opposite, in less than 100 meters, you run into Puerto Madero, an area packed with high rise condo and offices, along with expensive restaurants — one of the most expensive places to live in the city.
The photo above was taken through a not very clean car window in an area where you wouldn’t want to walk around all that much anyway. I like the juxtaposition of car repairs with a fruit and veggie market. The barrio is the lower end of San Telmo, on the way to La Boca.
A not atypical example of street art in the heart of La Boca, one of the oldest barrios in the city, near the original port and docks, where the original Italian immigrants, who came with the ships and to work the docks, settled. It remains one of the most interesting and original parts of the city, and, it must be said, one of the most dangerous outside of the fringing slums.
The photo above shows the water in the old harbor at La Boca. This is across the street from the main tourist zone, and is surrounded by crumbling, leftover dock and warehouse structures. Do not throw a match into this, and certainly don’t scoop up some for your tea.
Tango dancers in La Boca sometimes work as street performers, dancing with passing tourists for a few pesos. This particular lady was hot.
In this area, in fact, around much of the city, people live well behind the walls that front the sidewalks, and the doors one passes along sidewalks open up to long hallways into courtyards and living areas – some strikingly beautiful and compelling, others desperate and ugly. The one above opens into what you see in the photo below.
In the ritzy neighborhoods, these openings to courtyards are decorated with ceramic tiles and art, and open up to gardens and rooms with stained glass windows. In other areas, they lead from one decrepit scene to another.
Remember, you can click on the photos to enlarge them to full size. Hope you enjoyed this little respite from writerly angst. I did.