What's the One thing to be sure to do?

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The stake is what I miss most about BA (after the porteno embrace). If you like your steak medium-rare, on the rare side, it's called jugoso (in the line of options: muy jugoso - jugoso- a punto - pasado de punto).
Lucky you! Enjoy and I hope you will share your travel notes with the forum
 

dchester

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#23
The stake is what I miss most about BA (after the porteno embrace). If you like your steak medium-rare, on the rare side, it's called jugoso (in the line of options: muy jugoso - jugoso- a punto - pasado de punto).
Lucky you! Enjoy and I hope you will share your travel notes with the forum
Thanks for the tip on the steak. I do like them juicy.

Out of curiosity, is there a teacher there you would recommend that could help me learn about the porteno embrace?
 

dchester

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Take as many lessons as you can from Oscar Casas at El Beso
daily group lessons from 1:00 – 3:00 You will thank me for the referal.

Have fun
I was looking into this, as I've seen several of his videos on youtube. Of course as luck would have it, he's scheduled to be in Chicago during that week.

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#26
Thanks for the tip on the steak. I do like them juicy.

Out of curiosity, is there a teacher there you would recommend that could help me learn about the porteno embrace?
If it were only one teacher I had to choose, this would be Graciela Gonzalez. I would recommend her to both men and women. She will be able give you advice both on how your embrace feels and how it looks.
 
#27
If it were only one teacher I had to choose, this would be Graciela Gonzalez. I would recommend her to both men and women. She will be able give you advice both on how your embrace feels and how it looks.
Graciela Gonzalez might be still on a trip right now... last week she was in Russia :)
In an earlier thread, I gave my recommendations of people who are real milongueros, excellent teachers, speak English and teach dancing in close embrace.

Enriqueta Kleinman. http://web.archive.org/web/20101013040602/http://www.enriquetak.com/home2.htm
Maria Olivera and Gustavo Besencry Saba. http://www.tangosalon.com.ar/
 
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bastet

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Graciela Gonzalez might be still on a trip right now... last week she was in Russia :)
In an earlier thread, I gave my recommendations of people who are real milongueros, excellent teachers, speak English and teach dancing in close embrace.

Enriqueta Kleinman. http://web.archive.org/web/20090215235837/http://enriquetak.com/
Maria Olivera and Gustavo Besencry Saba. http://www.tangosalon.com.ar/
I have heard good things about both of them from someone who went to the Chicago festival.

Maria and Gustavo will be traveling some in the fall. They will be at Tango Fest in October up in Portland, and I think also back to Chicago later in the year (maybe right after Tango Fest).
 
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I have heard good things about both of them from someone who went to the Chicago festival.

Maria and Gustavo will be traveling some in the fall. They will be at Tango Fest in October up in Portland, and I think also back to Chicago later in the year (maybe right after Tango Fest).
Yes, and Enriqueta will be back in the US, too. I am looking forward to seeing them all again.
 

dchester

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#30
Graciela Gonzalez might be still on a trip right now... last week she was in Russia :)
In an earlier thread, I gave my recommendations of people who are real milongueros, excellent teachers, speak English and teach dancing in close embrace.

Enriqueta Kleinman. http://web.archive.org/web/20101013040602/http://www.enriquetak.com/home2.htm
Maria Olivera and Gustavo Besencry Saba. http://www.tangosalon.com.ar/
I've never had a class with Enriqueta, but I have with Maria & Gustavo (and they are excellent). I'll have to send them an email to see if they'll be back in BsAs while I'm there.
 
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newbie

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#31
Well, I'm making the trek to Buenos Aries in July with some friends (and of course, the wife). I might not be ready yet, but I'm going anyways. I can only stay for a week (as that work thing keeps complicating my life).

We already have some classes scheduled with DNI Tango during that week, (I hope they are good). Since I won't be able to do everything I'd like in this trip, I'm soliciting some advice from people who have been there, on what they think is the "One" thing (or event, teacher, etc) that I should be sure to do, see, or partake in.

I just hope Buenos Aires is ready for me.

Remain in the touristic streets. Do not explore. Do not even walk.The streets are dark, you cannot breathe because of the cars, and the pavement very dirty because of the dogs. Go to the main milongas, one different each night, use taxis that will pick you just in front of your hotel and leave you just in front of the milonga. Keep it a dream trip.
 
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dream trip

Remain in the touristic streets. Do not explore. Do not even walk.The streets are dark, you cannot breathe because of the cars, and the pavement very dirty because of the dogs. Go to the main milongas, one different each night, use taxis that will pick you just in front of your hotel and leave you just in front of the milonga. Keep it a dream trip.
You sound like a typical tourist who want's to close your eyes to the beauty of BsAs.
Walk the streets day and night take in as many sites and sounds as you can. The air is breathable (just like in Munich) and yes there are dogs and poop on the sidewalk (just like in Paris) The people are friendly and love tourist (not like in Paris) And there are the occasional transients (just like in LA)
So act like a tourist and have fun.
PS there are less pick pockets than there are in Naples Italy.
 

Zoopsia59

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I was up for taking you, but for whatever reason my wife says no. Sometimes, I don't understand her. I gave it a try though.
I guess that means you can't take me either.

What if you take me AND Peaches, and she and I pretend to be a couple? Would that be ok with your wife?
 

Zoopsia59

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#34
the pavement very dirty because of the dogs.
Oh yeah... forgot about the dogs.

Forget your tango training when you are walking downt he street and LOOK DOWN! (This will also give you the chance to enjoy the variety of sidewalk paving stones used. Although not as breathaking as the doors of the city, the paving stones are interesting sometimes too.
 

Peaches

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Remain in the touristic streets. Do not explore. Do not even walk.The streets are dark, you cannot breathe because of the cars, and the pavement very dirty because of the dogs. Go to the main milongas, one different each night, use taxis that will pick you just in front of your hotel and leave you just in front of the milonga. Keep it a dream trip.
I've got to disagree a bit.

Yes, there is dog poo on the sidewalks. *shrug* No different than Italy, from what I saw. Just watch where you walk.

Yes, there are a lot of cars and a lot of congestion. *shrug* It's a city, not much to be done about it.

There are pickpockets, but that's no different than what I found in Italy. Use common sense, don't flash cash/valuables, and don't carry things in such a way that you leave yourself open to trouble. Be on your guard just a smidge and you'll be OK.

The streets are fine. It's a city, so of course there are good areas, not so good areas, and bad areas. Wander freely during the day, be a bit more careful at night, and you'll be fine. I went wandering a not-quite-all hours of the day and night when I was there, both alone and with my travel companions (two other girls), and I never felt nervous. Ever. I was aware, sure, but that's no different than New York or DC or Rome. In fact, I've felt much more wary here in DC than I did in BsAs. (We were staying in the Corrientes & Callao area--not top notch, but not bad, for reference.)

IMO, it all comes down to being a smart and aware tourist. Don't be stupid and you'll be OK. Er...don't look stupid. As with so much else, project an air of knowing just what you're doing and just where you are, and woe betide anyone who screws with you, and you'll be OK.

FWIW, IIRC, crime tends to be comparatively non-violent. That may have changed, but what I remember seeing/reading is that even if you're pickpocketed, you're not likely to be threatened with violence. Compared to around here where I know plenty of people who have been held up at knifepoint or gunpoint or worse, pickpocketing isn't a big deal.
 

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