21  Little Buenos Aires in Miami


Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2001 09:17:53 -0700
Subject: Little Buenos Aires in Miami

The St. Petersburg Times, newspaper from Tampa Bay, has an article on the very recent emigration from Argentina to Miami:


There is no tango mentioned, but it gives tango lovers one more reason to go to BA to spend the vacation money there: tango seems to be the =
only this working in a country where the rest of the economy if quickly falling apart. They surely can use your help!


Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2001 11:41:52 -0300
From: SMC Administracion <adm@SMCAR.COM.AR>
Subject: Little Buenos Aires in Miami

Enrico wrote:

The St. Petersburg Times, newspaper from Tampa Bay, has an article on the
very recent emigration from Argentina to Miami:
There is no tango mentioned, but it gives tango lovers one more reason to
go to BA to spend the vacation money there: tango seems to be the only this
working in a country where the rest of the economy if quickly falling apart.
They surely can use your help!


I don t think this "Titanic" syndrome is a good reason to come to Buenos
Aires. The city is still blooming, with their
5 million inhabitants ( 2 million of them , living temporarily at BA , since
they work at the city , but live outside).

Of course, there are problems. Strikes, a judgment of the former president
Mr. Menem, involved in a illegal traffick
of weapons to Ecuador & Croacia,etc.etc..

But to reduce the economy of a country like Argentina, to 25 to 30 milongas
opened during the week as the final
light into the darkness , is a bit naive .

The average cost of a milonga is 5 pesos/U$s . A milonga venue overcrowded
could host ...200 persons ??

200 persons at all the milongas, every day, all month long ??

u$s 5 x 200 x 30 x 30 = u$s 900.000 , yes, an interesting amount.

The average payment of interest of the external indebtness is around u$s ( a billion of us dollars )

There is still a little gap remaining.

Maybe is time to talk seriously, and to separate economic situation from
Tango at Buenos Aires.

Little Buenos Aires at Miami, will continue little.
And Buenos Aires will continue open for visitors to dance at their milonga
venues, it is not a matter of monies, but
a matter of each individual, to decide what is good for her/him, and acept
the consequences of their decision.

Be welcome to Buenos Aires !!!

Alberto Gesualdi

Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 12:07:08 -0800
From: smling <smling@MSN.COM>
Subject: Re: Buenos Aires

Two Weeks in Buenos Aires

Hello listeros,
I just returned from a wonderful two weeks in Buenos Aires, much too short,
especially in comparison with all my friends who end up staying for months
and months (and months). But still I had a wonderful time and it was
well-worth going. I wanted to thank all the friends who gave me such good
advice about shopping, milongas and teachers - Pablo, Shirley, Deborah and
Adriana from San Francisco, Dolores from Miami and once I got to BA, Claude
from France. Since they were kind enough to share their tips with me, I
wanted to pass on my own to you all who may be planning trips in the future.
I also wanted to thank the two friends who accompanied me- Richard and Dora,
without whom the trip would not have been half so fun.

I had not been to BA since the devaluation of the peso and had heard all
sorts of conflicting reports about obtaining money. But contrary to what I
had heard there was no problem of credit cards being eaten or retained by
the ATM machines. To get travellers checks cashed without a surcharge and
for US dollars you must go to the American Express office 10 am - 3 p.m. on
Arenales (near Plaza San Martin). Otherwise it is almost impossible to get
US dollars. You can get travelers checks cashed for pesos in the hotels or
at houses of cambio, but there is almost always a surcharge ranging from $4
to 10% of the amount cashed. It is very easy to get Argentinian pesos from
the ATM machines with credit or bank cards. The banks on Calle Florida, the
main shopping street, initially look closed because they are covered with
metal sheets, but if you approach closer, you will see a small guarded door
and the banks are open and operating.

The cost of living for Americans travelling to Argentina is of course very
good now, with the exchange being approximately 3 pesos to the dollar. The
value of the dollar fluctuates constantly and you will see hordes of
speculators buying and selling dollars and making a living off the small
daily price differential. On almost every corner near the commercial center
you will hear the familiar call "Cambio? Cambio?" For the families who
live in Argentina, prices have stabilized somewhat in the most recent
months. However, because of the massive unemployment families are still
starving. They are coping with courage and almost a certain kind of
nobility. Whole families have come together to the city and collect
plastic, cardboard, colored paper and other recyclables. They have huge
dignity and do not ask for money. Apparently cardboard is the most
valuable, 2 kg will bring 45 centavos. At night they huddle together under
awnings in the street. Even the small children do not seem to whine or cry,
but act as if they are working with purpose. It is a heart-rending
situation, especially when we Americans can go to the best pizza restaurant,
say Guerin on Corrientes, and feast on pizza, salad, wine, dessert and
coffee plus tip for less than $4 per person.

The number of milongas seems to be fewer than in previous years, however the
most popular are still crowded. For the newcomer to Buenos Aires, I
recommend trying the afternoon milongas first. The dancers there tend to be
friendlier and more welcoming and the competition for a good dance is less
stiff than in the evening milongas. My favorite afternoon milongas were
Confiteria Ideel, on Suipacha near Corrientes, especially on Monday and
Friday afternoons, El Aranque on Bartolome Mitre, Tuesday and Thursday
afternoons, and Lo de Celia on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. Afternoon
is actually a misnomer as some of these milongas go until 10 or 11 p.m. at
night. I have heard that Canning on Wednesday or Sunday afternoon is
awesome, but never made it. I did stop by Club Espanol, a new milonga on
Thursday afternoons, which is in a beautiful building 2 blocks away from
Avenida de Mayo on Bernardo Yrigoyen. However the attendance was rather
sparse with many more women than men. The same building has a beautiful art
deco restaurant with excellent Spanish style food. For evening milongas, I
most enjoyed Canning on Monday, Gricel on Friday and Sunday, la Nacional on
Wednesday, Nino Bien on Thursday, and Sunderland on Saturday (I was with
someone who was an excellent dancer, otherwise it can be hard to get a dance
at Sunderland). Of course there were some great exhibition dances, and I
was extremely impressed with the beautiful feet and patterns of Geraldine
and Javier, amazing young dancers. I would have enjoyed Porteno y Bailarin
on Tuesday except for the fact that my street shoes were stolen from under
the table while I was dancing. I had to go out in the streets in my bedroom
slippers in the rain the next day to buy another pair of street shoes. So
beware of missing belongings while dancing at the milongas. Bring only a
little money to the milongas and leave your belongings in full view of
everyone. This problem of theft is of course not exclusive to BA. I have
had belongings stolen at milongas in SF as well.

We saw an excellent tango show named "Solo Tango" at the Theatre Lola
Membrives on Corrientes. I had hoped to see "Tanguera" having heard so many
positive reviews about it, however it is already on the road. A new show
called "Tango Buenos Aires" is coming to tour in the US, but no one either
here or in BA seems to know who is in the cast.

We took private lessons from our favorite teacher in Buenos Aires, Oscar
Mandagaran. But we also tried Alejandra Arrue and her partner Sergio, upon
the recommendation of my friends. They were wonderful. The legs and feet
of Alejandra are so musical and fly through the air like elasticized wings.
We also had a great "cayengue" class with Jose Carlos "Carlino."

Have a wonderful trip to Buenos Aires. I hope to return soon, but it can't
be soon enough!

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