I spent the next few hours on Sunday (Aug 26) remembering what makes travel so amazing, the people. I went out to eat with a bunch of people with very diverse backgrounds (for example, one girl had come to
At midnight I retired, declining to go out clubbing (I’m happy I didn’t because they ended up staying out until 8 AM). In the morning, I went out with two of my roommates (Alex from Sao Paolo and Carlos from
First we took the subway and I have never been so packed into anywhere. It was like everyone on a
The concept was so foreign to me. We crowded in a big boat and from time to time, the boat would pull up to shore and someone would jump off. The delta was a complete maze, but after an hour we decided to get off and walk around an island. The island was large but sparse and swampy. We walked around and I practiced my Spanish with Carlos. Eventually we made our way back to where we were dropped off, and sooner or later, a boat came and picked us up and took us back to the city.
I was exhausted and fell asleep on the train back into
The city and the night were perfect. It is amazing how much everything transformed from yesterday. Yesterday it was cold, rainy, and quiet. The only people outside were the poor cartoneros, scrounging for recyclable materials. I have studied the phenomenon of “cartoneros” and was so moved by actually seeing them. I wanted a photo and to talk to them, but it felt inappropriate.
Anyways, tonight was fantastic. The city was bustling with millions of people (literally), and everything seemed so grand. On one pedestrian street—Avenida
I loved the night but needed to leave to find something to whet my appetite. The night is still young, but it will always be a great day. I’m excited what’ll happen tonight.Photos:
1. Me in front of a subway station
2. Carlos, Alex, and I at the city of Tigre
3. Full colectivo
4. Old boat abandoned in river delta
5. Orange tree on island
6. View from Colectivo stop of our boat leaving
7. Cartonero hauling material down street
8. Movie of tango I saw on street