Colorful La Boca
La Baco is a working-class neighborhood build by Italian immigrants from Genoa. In 1882 after a lengthy general strike, La Boca seceded from Argentina, and the rebels raised the Genoese flag. It didn’t last for long, because it was immediately torn down personally by the president Julio Argentino Roca. Today the colorful Calle Caminito draws the tourist to the area, but still it remains one of the poorer neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. In 2016 the health of over 1,000 La Boca citizen was threatened by pollution of the Matanza-Riachuelo River due to high level of arsenic and lead after centuries of unstopped pollution.
The place quickly fills with tourists and locals trying to sell you anything. We walked the streets in La Boca from 9-11 am, which was the perfect time to have the streets almost to ourselves.
La Boca is a great place to take pictures – especially if other tourists are not in your way
Evita or Eva Perón?
Who doesn’t know the famous line from the movie Evita “Don’t cry for me Argentina…”. Eva Perón was the subject of the famous musical “Evita”. Eva Perón was born in 1919, and died from cancer in 1952 at the age of 33. Today you can visit the tomb of Eva Perón at the Recoleta cemetery.
Evita was born in poverty, and the youngest of five children. At the age of 15 in 1934 she moved to Buenos Ares to pursue a career as a state radio and film actress. In the 1930’s Buenos Aires was known as the “Paris of South America”. On the 28th of March 1935 Evita had her professional debut in the play “Mrs. Perez” at the Comedias Theater. From 1936 Evita toured nationally with the theater, worked as a model and was cast in a few B-grade movies. In 1942 Evita had achieved some economic stability, and she was able to move into her own apartment in the exclusive neighbohood of Recoleta. On the 22nd of January 1944 she met Juan Perón, and the two were married the following year. Juan Perón was elected President of Argentina in 1946, and Eva Perón became a powerful first lady of Argentina. In 1951 Eva Perón was close to announcing her candidacy as vice president, but because of declining health it ever happened. Later that year Eva Perón was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She was the first Argentine to undergo chemotherapy, but nothing helped because the cancer had already spread. Her weight dropped to 36 kg, and she died at the age of 33 on the 26th f July 1952.
It is an amazing city of the dead
Some of the statues almost seams to be alive
The cemetery is beautiful, almost majestic
Even a cat had found peace here, because dogs were not allowed
Are the dead laughing at us?
At the same time a lot of the tombs are very personal, and we talked about if it showed the story of the dead. In the left picture… it could be a mother or a sister loosing one of their own, a boy taken into heaven by an angle. In the right picture a man in deep sorrow, maybe his wife passed away.
A few fun facts about Evita:
- She created a forgery of her birth certificate for her marriage, changing her birth date from 7th of May 1919 to 7th of May 1922. She had it altered to read, that she was born of married parents.
- During the memorial 8 people died and more than 2000 people got injured in their struggle to get as close a possible to the casket of Evita.
- The following two years after Evita’s death, her embalmed body was displayed in her former office at the CGT building.
- Evitas body disappeared for 15 years, during the military dictatorship from 1955-1971, which also issued a ban on Peronism.
- The corpse showed up in Milan, Italy in 1971, and was flown to Spain were Juan Perón and his third wife decided to keep the corpse in their dinning room on a platform near the table.
- In 1973 the corpse finally returned to Argentina, and was buried in the Duarte family tomb in the Recoleta Cemetery.
We had a great time in Buenos Aires. We didn’t visit any museums, but we did get to experience the city and some of the different neighborhoods. We also learned more about Buenos Aires and the history of Argentina. The “after math” of writing the blog also add more knowledge by doing research on the things we have come across during our visit.
It was time to say “Goodbye” to Buenos Aires and Argentina – new adventures are waiting in the future. But what adventures? It all depends on the path we choose, and we have to pick one. Trying to choose the adventure, that means the most to us and still be opened to the unexpected adventures and opportunities. Sometime we don’t know what awaits us, but we still have to make choices all the time all the way.
Which doors are you choosing through life? The doors that is most important or the most practical ones?
Leaving Buenos Aires… we were ready to leave the big city after 6 great days
Goodbye Argentina… and welcome to Uruguay
How expensive is it to live a life on the road? Check out our post that gives you an overview of our expenses in Chile and Argentina (148 days of travel): “Expenses in Chile and Argentina“. This is also the first overview of our expenses traveling in a van, and not on our motorcycles.