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Our second day in Buenos Aires started with the Subte ride to General San Martín. Two reasons being there: the first was to check out the Plaza General San Martín where there was free public screening of World Cup matches.
The second reason was to purchase our ferry tickets to Colonia del Sacremento. The sales offices of the various ferry companies are located at Av Cordoba and Galerías Pacífico was nearby.
Jorge Luis Borges Cultural Centre is located inside Galerías Pacífico and there are regular tango performances. We were unwilling to pay for the pricey (and touristy) tango shows so we decided to catch the evening performance at the Cultural Centre instead. Our seats in row 4 cost 200 ARS each.
We walked a bit through Calle Florida, the main shopping street of Buenos Aires before finding lunch and making our way to Recoleta.
La Recoleta Cemetery was probably the only cemetery that I had visited as a tourist attraction.
It was best known as the final resting place of Eva Perón. There were a lot more famous people who were buried there as well but to be honest none of their names rang a bell to me. But I did recognise some of the street names (e.g. Lavalle, Hipólito Yrigoyen, etc).
Many of the tombs were really elaborate. Showed how wealthy/influential these people had been while they were alive.
And of course we had to see Evita’s.
We probably spent around 40 minutes or so walking around inside. I didn’t find the cemetery interesting but I guessed most first-time visitors to Buenos Aires would visit it.
There was a community centre beside the cemetery and there were several exhibitions. We thought they were way cooler than the tombs.
We made our way back to Plaza General San Martin where the live screening of matches were. We caught a bit of England-Italy match before going for the tango performance at Jorge Luis Borges Cultural Centre.
Shortly after we left, the two teams scored in quick succession. Turned out that we were a bit early for the performance.
The dancing was pretty awesome and the live band was really good too. I was glad that I watched a tango performance but to be honest it wasn’t something that I would return to. I guess that I am not so cultural after all.