South America and closing the circle

January 19, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The first time I went to Buenos Aires was in January 1978. It was Summer there, and my wife, Shelley, and I were on vacation from our teaching positions at the American School of Asuncion Paraguay. Coming from the sleepy little backwater city of Asuncion to the cosmopolitan metropolis of BA was a pretty exciting experience for a couple of kids from Western Massachusetts. One afternoon we were in the La Boca district of the city, which at that time was home to a mix of rough neck working class and young hip bohemian types. There was an outdoor market in a square surrounded by bars, coffee shops and bistros. I spotted this guy posing in the doorway of one of the Bistros. I made several images of him, and later talked to him a bit, I remember him saying that "Tango is life". Tango music seemed to be playing everywhere in the square that day and this man was for me the personification of that part of the Argentine culture.

Tomorrow Shelley and I travel to Argentina again, 38 years since we were last there. This blog will be a journal about this trip. I'm excited to be returning to South America again, to close a circle that we opened so many years ago and at such a young and impressionable time of our lives. I don't have a lot of expectations for this trip other than that we have fun and learn a lot more about the countries we will be visiting. I also hope it all goes relatively smoothly without too many glitches and that I might make a few good photos along the way.... stay tuned.

 


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