Back in June I got to tag along with a journalist for The Argentimes for a day at a Polo School near Ezeiza airport. The article is finally online; Saddle Up: Polo for Beginners. Here are more images from that lovely day.
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I realize the Chalet-thing is getting to be a bit of an obsession, but I can't resist. Villa Urquiza is a neighborhood that's seen a lot of construction recently with the extension of the B-line of the subway. There's a lot of new money and a lot of new Chalets! I liked this one here, white, surrounded by red brick. It's an inversion of the regular pattern.
A couple of Sunday's ago it was an unseasonable warm 93 degrees [34 C]. Keep in mind, it's still officially winter here. We were hanging out that day with a friend of a friend who's from Berazategui and so we had a little tour of the area, which I hardly know at all. Here's a few photos of the Quilmes Balneario, a pier and waterfront complex.
Just a few hundred meters from the parrilla [in the post below] is a memorial to cuarteto signer Rodrigo Bueno who died in a car crash near the spot in 2000 returning from a gig in La Plata. I remember back during my first stint in Buenos Aires in 1999/2000 Rodgrigo going from a minor regional singer to a national phenomenon. His untimely death launched his fame into the stratosphere and I remember for weeks all the media dealt only with his death and his music was everywhere. Like a lot of deceased idols [Evita, Gilda, Difunta Correa, Gauchito Gil, etc], his memorial has strong religious overtones.
The monument was pretty deserted. It was just these three girls and one of their mothers. They were listening to Rodrigo's music on their cellphone.
I'd recommend checking out some of Rodrigo's music, it's pretty catchy. My favorite song of his is 8:40. I'd also recommend Lo Mejor de Amor and Soy Cordobes, the latter being his anthem because he was from Cordoba. The style of music he played, Cuarteto, is strongly identified with the province.
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