Saturday, October 15, 2011
Day 41 - La Boca and Puerto Madero
Today was our last day of vacation. Since our flight didn’t leave until the evening, we had plenty of time to check out a few more places in Buenos Aires. First we went to La Boca, a poorer neighborhood full of fresh-off-the-boat immigrants that’s very well known for its brightly colored buildings. This was actually the first time I really felt like I was in a foreign country—there wee guys selling random crap on the streets, stray dogs sleeping on train tracks, broken glass on the street, and cops riding around on ATVs. The colorful buildings were really awesome though. Then we went to Puerto Madero, an upscale waterfront neighborhood where all the streets are named after women (which is apparently a very rare thing in Spanish-speaking cities). The second picture is of the Puente de la Mujer (Women’s Bridge). We also walked around on the Presidente Sarmiento, an Argentine naval vessel built in the late 1800s. I got in one last Argentine beer before it was off to the airport for our grueling trek home.