Its been a week…

It’s been a week since we arrived in Turkey.

10 hours from Buenos Aires to Miami and then 10 more hours to Istanbul, and then on to Antalya in 1.5 hours.

So glad we flew over a few days, as sitting on a plane makes my body crazy. Plus no matter how many homeopathic sleeping pills I take, cannot sleep more than an hour or two. My neck hurts from the angle of the seat, and my bottom complains about not enough padding on the seats. Even though my companion gave me his blanket to sit on. Not complaining, just saying.

Still the thrill of going somewhere new is awesome

Along the road from Antalya to Kemer

Why Antalya you ask ?
The city is located on the Mediterran Sea with lots of history embedded into its soul. But it is also the home of a sweet tango festival called Cozy Tango Festival, held 2 times a year in May and in October.

Seven Seas Hotel

The location is at the Seven Seas Hotel in Kemer, Antalya.  This all inclusive hotel knows the meaning of word service, and has amazing tasty Turkish foods.

Another view of Seven Seas Hotel

There are many pools, the sea to swim in many restaurants and bars. The ground are beautifully landscaped and very clean.

Antalya at night

We arrived at the hotel exhausted from travel, so sleeping a few hours was the answer. Though that night we attended the Milonga  with only 4 hours sleep, danced for many hours to send great tango music just felt so good.

We arrived at the hotel exhausted from travel, so sleeping a few hours was the answer. Though that night we attended the Milonga  with only 4 hours sleep, danced for many hours to send great tango music just felt so good.

Dancing at Cozy Tango Festival

With this in mind, we attended a couple of workshops taught by good instructors. One was the basic about how to walk in tango and the other musicality in milongas.

Class at Cozy Tango Festival

That evening was an outdoor Milonga, lovely but a bit cold except when dancing.

Dancing in Antalya

There were afternoon practikas and a few evening Milongas. One night, we went into Antalya to dance at 2 local Milongas, thanks to the folks with cars.

Dancing in Antalya

With not speaking Turkish, there was somewhat of a challenge to communicate but tango is language. So the abrazo works in all locations around the world.

There were a few English speakers, and no Spanish speakers. Turkish and German were the predominant languages.

There were a few English speakers, and no Spanish speakers. Turkish and German were the predominant languages.

We spoke in many languages about each other’s stories of how we came to Tango and about our lives.

Máximo and me dancing the night away

The festival ended earlier than scheduled because the few folks who attended left to return to their lives, but we decided to stay longer because a beach  chair called our names, and besides this resort is great location to recover from traveling and build up the strength for the next travel adventure. A blue cruise on the Mediterraneo Sea for a week in a traditional Turkish boat called a gulet, a two masted wooden sailboat.
Until later, disfrutas tu vida.
Abrazo

Some of the wonderful teachers, DJs and dancers we met

Bye Bye Buenos Aires

The lights of Puerto Madero
in the evening, so pretty.

Laying in my bed 2 days before, we fly off for a 6 month adventure, am thinking how exciting.

After 2 plus years of living in Buenos Aires, I will leave my temporary home on Montevideo in Recoletta for the great unknown and uneasy feeling of travel.

Driving the streets of Buenos Aires

Yes unknown and uneasy. To wake up in a country, that speaks a different language and moves very rapidly without time for thinking will make me uneasy. As I have  gotten used to the pace of this city, which is tranquilo. The biggest traffic snafus here are caused by the daily protests in the city in locations from the Pink Palace, to Congresso to the Obelisco.


The street music here is not the rhythms of bachata or tango but the cacophony of car and taxi horns announcing the lack of movement in the street .The horns blair at the slightest provocation. Stopping. Starting up.

This morning it is quiet. No bus traffic or truck traffic but then it is only 8.03 am.

Am leaving in 2 days.
The apartment has been returned to the original stated condition with decorative black and white illustrations on the walls and the beautiful dance floor is loosely covered by a white long haired fake rug.

It’s no longer mine.

Driving on Aveneda 9 de Julio

And as it was expression of my creativity and my dance studio, with a large mirror on the floor to follow your feet and large tango fotos on the wall to inspire your feet. It is now pretty sterile.

Am ready to leave, to travel to places both known and unknown.

The difference is now I no longer travel alone. I have a wonderful, sweet and kind man in my life.  We laugh a lot, we dance a lot and we love a lot.

Happyness!!!

But yet it still feels odd saying we are traveling for 6 months.

Has the pandemic really ended?

Are we living in an endemic world?

Now we are maskless, we are naked and exposed again. Will illness mount up again ? Are 4 vaccines enough? Did you get the flu shot? How’s your immune system?

Theses are the questions running thru my brain.

Yes I am packed,  yes I have a big suitcase abd a small one both for checkin. Can’t remember the last time I did this as I usually prefer not to check-in.  But. But. But.

Leaving BsAs has required a different approach.  Dancing tango requires shoes and clothes.  Clothes are not a problem as they are soft and made from rollable materials,  but the topic of shoes…I am traveling with 6 pairs.  Is this too much, or too little or as I think just right?

Leaving in two days.
Time to have a another dinner and drink with a dear friend. Time to
consider what makes us happy.


Time to realize that your once sharp edges are now much less pointed. Time enough to realize,  you no longer enjoy life in the fast lane of life. Time enough to realize that it really is the little things in life that you have some control over, and that the most  important things are the occasions that you laugh with your friend, that you smile, that you take the time to savor your life.

To tell people yes they are important to you and yes they will be missed.


To say, life is lived without regrets takes dedication and awareness of self and others.


I am ready to travel again.
Here we go…love, life and tango.

Ready to dance

Hola, queridos !!!

Hello, My Dear Readers
(thanks to Bridgerton, yes this show on Netflix is binge worthy -2 seasons)

So sorry for not writing sooner, but unfortunately was not able to as I have been sick for the last month.

First Omnicron though I tested negative, that turned into a flu with chills and fever which then became a case of pneumonia. Or st least physical felt like it.


Whew got so tired of being sick. But yes did binge on a lot of shows, but really who remembers.

Learned the pleasure of home made recipes for a cough. Hot tea from fresh ginger, garlic anise and honey. Learned to love the smell of menthal chest rub, and the power of a warm shower not only to refresh the body but for its ability to help heal the body.

As I reclaim my life, slowly, am so happy to start seeing friends and to begin taking walks the streets of Buenos Aires again.

Will got to a couple of Milongas this week, and see if the body remembers how to dance. (Was able to practice a few times this past month, but hmmm my strength is still pretty weak, so have to work on building up endurance.)

Meanwhile am posting a couple of video links that I have come across that are both on different aspects of Tango.

Both are wonderful, experiential in nature and very enjoyable.

The first is from my friends at Tango Guapo and it shows the vitality of our Tango community in Buenos Aires.

The second link is from a Danish filmaker, Joergen Erik Assentoft who lives here in Buenos Aires and loves Tango and it’s stories.

Disfrutas tu vida.. La Vida es Tango. Ruth

Fevero 2022, Buenos Aires

Me, a mysterious friend
and organizer, Julia Doynel

Dancing in Buenos Aires continues to expand as I recently counted 24 Milongas on Hoy Milonga today. They are all over the city from Palermo to Recoleta, San Telmo to San Nicholas, Villa Crespo to Flores.

14th Aniversario of Sueno Portenyo Costume Party

I live in Barrio Norte and like to take the bus to my Milongas (the fare is 20 peso) and then take a cab home at night. So I dance at El Beso on Riobamba, Nuevo Chique on San Jose, Sueno Portenyo on Balcarce, Club Marabu on Maipu, occasionally straying to Salon Canning on Raul Scalabrini Ortiz or Nuevo Gricel on Rioja, La Nacional on Adolfo Asino.

Keep thinking I need to change the milongas I attend but always come to the same conclusion. I like the places I dance. Usually, I know the organizer and a lot of the dancers as  been dancing here since the Milongas re-opened in September 2021 after being closed for almost 2 years.

In Buenos Aires when you are a known person, your reserved seat is  repeatedly available or the front row table. This means people know where to expect to see you. This will usually lead to more cabeceos and possibly more dancing, but not always.

Remember January and February are peak summer months here, so a lot of local people go to the beach for month.

The void of Portenyos (locals) at the Milongas is taken up by foreign  visitors wanting to escape those cold northern winters. Tables are always reserved, and usually filled with many dancers especially if there is a good orchestra.

Then there is the floor, dancers from a variety of countries can be exhilarating. With dancers in close embrace, and others in open embrace. Heels and elbows can fly on the floor. As the night progresses the floor becomes more crowded. There is more unintentional bumping into others. Experiencing another’s elbow in your back is not pleasant. Getting your feet stepped on by another dancer, does hurt. Looking at that person, apologies are murmured or looks are exchanged.  All is good. We continue to dance wearing masks, but do rotate partners. 

Remembering that here in Buenos Aires we are dancing, dancing, dancing. Many locations around the world are still not dancing. So all is good.

Tango has returned to this city almost with the passion of the past. Tangeros dance the night away oblivious to all but the person they share an embrace with.

Many Milongas start at 8 or 9 continuing until 3 or so in the morning with the performing  orchestra taking the stage at 1 or 1.30.

A bit different from the afternoon Milongas starting at 2 or 3 and most orchestra will start playing at 5 and end at 6pm. Dancing will finish at 8 or 10.

Posted here are a couple of videos from dancing at some of these clubs .

Hoping to embrace you soon and  enjoy your visit to the home of Tango.

Abrazo y Besos 

Thoughts on the new year, so far…

Now at the end of January after a week of 90 plus degree heat and then another week of continual rain, the days are cooler. Still in the evening the humidity returns and air conditioning is a must to get to sleep.

In my personal life what a crazy couple of weeks it has been!!!
A dear friend from Turkey who I have not seen for 4 years is visiting me, so am having a fabulous time.

We have been dancing, eating, drinking, walking and shopping for days. Am loving some chica time. It’s been 2 years since I have had a friend visit me.

Birsen and me

Introducing her to the world of tango and the Milongas clubs in Buenos Aires is exciting and very different for her as she started dancing tango about 3 months ago.

And one of my fondest memories is of another friend introducing me to the world of Tango in Buenos Aires. How awesome and overwhelming it was. Can’t believe that was 5 years ago!

Dancing at la Nacional

We have danced in the afternoon and evening milongas and for a couple nights did back to back late night milongas. Dancing in San Telmo, Monserrat, Boeda and Balavanera.

Have introduced her to the world of asado (barbecue), with the meats ranging from sweet breads, tripe, cabezon, chicken and lots of different types of carne (beef) served en mass on a little hot barbecue stand.

As I like my food to the spicier side, have discovered a few restaurants that satisfy that need and do take my friends to these restaurants, one in particular is always fabulous. Sintesis…it is a fusion of Thai and Vietnamese served as Tapas. Yum yum.

Dancing, dancing, dancing

More dancing, more drinking wine, more walking, more public transportation.

More, more more. But always mask wearing while dancing and on the buses or in taxis, walking the streets and continually cleaning hands with alchohol.

Dinner at Trade Bar

My friend visiting from Turkey ended up catching omnicron 10 days after arriving in Argentina. The day before her scheduled return flight to Istanbul on Saturday, she tested positive.

Immediately we canceled all a dinner that night and dancing.

In making arrangements for my test. the following day, I called other friends to inform them of her positive results. It was interesting to listen to the different reactions which ranged from choosing to test to others not.

My friend was in bed with three days feeling like she had been hit by a truck. With a small fever initially, a headache but lots of mucus and coughing.
Three days of almost continual sleeping and very little food.

Then on the 4th day still tired but she started to feel almost human. No temperature. Still bit of a hack.

With my corvid testing kit.

And on day 7, doing a home corvid testing kit, she was negative. Wahoo.

The airline she was returning to Turkey on rebooked her on the same saturday flight two weeks later.

Tango en Sueno Portenyo

So she gets a do-over on a lost week and a bonus week for getting corvid.

As with all things, especially now in these uncertain and unsettling times, it is neccesary to see the silver lining in all.

Enjoying the live music of Alexis Lovotti at la Boca Boca.

So now we get to do more….
Dancing, eating, drinking, walking this amazing city that I call home.

Me showing a great Tango sign on Avienda de Mayo

Muy Calor

With the city reaching a record temp of 99 and a friend visiting me from Istanbul, the need for cooler weather and maybe being on the water was necessary.

As some of you might know, my photography is on Instagram (Instagram.com/ruth.offen) and maybe you are following me. Thank you! It was on Instagram that I found a travel outing that a group of people could share involving a boat ride, food and a musical experience. Wahooooo.

After a WhatsApp conservation in 2 languages over a few days with the company, we worked together and booked this experience…boat ride, fresh food and music all starting in a Tigre, a city about 45 minutes north of Buenos Aires.

Along the river

It wss a Sunday, and Tigre is a bit crazy as many folks try to escape the heat of the city and go to the River Parana which runs thru Tigre. Parking here is a challenge. Then walking the river to find dock 1, where we would take a fast boat ride from Tigre up the Rio Parana and into the Rio Delta…to have an amazing feast of locally grown food and then listen to a concert with the Bandeon.

As we started up the river the temperature dropped and the whining of the motor began. Passing houses on stilts, an occasional small riverside restaurant and many campgrounds and private retreats. Children and adults playing in the water. Lots of water activities.

30 minutes later we arrived. A house set back from the water about 5 feet off the ground, with its own dock. The picture completed with the added visual of two big old dogs and a cat.

House for the concert

Greeted by our host Flavia, we sat down at the dockside table to a feast of different foods with a lovely Rose.

And the most amazing salad with local tomatoes. Homemade empanadas, chicken, hummus, liver pate, and they made the mixture gluten free for me and vegetarian for  one of my friends.

After eating and drinking for awhile, we were all mellow and very blissful. This area is gorgeous with a sense of tranquility that is hard to find in the city. And quiet. Lots of bird calls

Then we were invited to the deck of the house for our concert with Ariel Hernandez an accomplished bandeonista. Ariel lived and toured for many years in Europe before reyurning to Argentina. Sharing an introduction about the bandeon’s musical history with us, he then played some beautiful classical and tango music for almost an hour.

Hours later, with our senses satiated, it was time to return…in fact as soon as possible as the river Delta experiences tidal change and the water was very low.

On the return trip to the dock in Tigre, time passed slowly as the river was shallow and the boat traveled carefully and slowly. The return trip took about an hour. We passed many people waiting for the larger taxi ferry boats.

Today as I wrote this, I was remembering this wonderful experience, I would recommend this outing to any music or food lover who might be curious to wander off the beaten path and onto the river.

Me with Ariel Hernandez up the Rio Parana Delta

For more information contact
http://www.bandoneonabordo.com

https://youtu.be/sVtJT15UP3I

Abrazo y Besos, Ruth

More fotos and videos

Tango en Nueva Chique, January 2022

When this site was created August, last year, my intent was to inform tango people worldwide about what was going on in Buenos Aires, currently my home city.

Now a year and a half later, the corvid virus continues it’s mutations affecting our lives. My hope is we as people and our governments are getting a bit better at adapting to the virus without the drastic means of the past year and we will not have to endure any more strict lockdowns.

Dancing at Sueño Portenyo

As a photographer, I will post more fotos and videos of dancing here…I want you to feel as if you are living here.

And continuing writing about the city’s milongas and the current state of corvid on our tango community, I will attempt publishing stories and news semi monthy.

Enjoy the life and till we embrace again stay happy.

Abrazo y besos

Wahooooo. I got my 3rd jab on Tuesday January 4, 2022. Have received Sputnik, Moderna and now Astrazeneca..
.Feel like a science experiment

Stay safe, Cuídate

HAPPY HAPPY, Merry Merry

Tonight as the year changes, I hope you will be friends and family, as we all wish for a new year filled happiness, friendship, love and calmness.

I lift a glass of champagne and toast.

Salud la vida y bueno suerte !!!

And the dancing is

Argentina opened to the world on November 1, and the trickle of foreigners into the country increases daily.

Recently, walking in the streets I heard French and Russian spoken. Slowly the city returns.

Have danced in many places, having fun as the people and the dancing evolves. Am posting fotos from El Beso, Sueno Portenyo, La Viruta, Nuevo Chique, New Gricel.

Lots of live music too from local orchestras and quartets. Such as Los Herederos del Compás with Pablo Ramon, Marco Bellini y El Quarteto del Plato, Orchestra Romántica, La Juan D’arienzo.

Disfrutas y Abrazos Ruth

Current Milongas: Deliciosas

I Love living in Buenos Aires especially now.


Tango has returned to the city. When you look at Hoy Milonga there are 15 or so Milongas and practicas a day during the week and as many as 20 per day on the weekend.


Last week, I went dancing Sunday night at lo de Cillia (Barajando Milonga) in San Cristòbal.

Tuesday afternoon went to El Beso (Champagne Milonga) in Balavanera.


Wednesday evening went to Sueno Portenyo in their new home in San Telmo.

Thursday afternoon went to Nuevo Chique in Monserrat.

I took Friday off from dancing as I had diner at a friend’s house.


Saturday night went to El Beso for Milonga de Las Morochas.
Dancing Tango until 2.30 in the morning. Ah was so happy!!!
Sunday not dancing.


Monday night am planning on going to New Gricel for Lucy’s. Milonga. She used to have this Milonga at now closed Obelisco.

This week will go to La National in Monserrat for Sans Sauci Milonga. The Milonga Parakultural is now in San Telmo outside under the stars at the Mercedes Sosa Cultural Center, inl San Telmo on Tuesday nights. Plus there are a few places I have never been and want to try out.

Many things have not changed, as reservations are still needed at all venues.
Proof of Vaccinations are usually required.
Most venues request masks. Some there is no rotation of partners and at others there are. The cabeceo is still used or a simple head nod by either dancer, to signify that you have accepted the request to dance.

And on November 1, am imagining a flood of people arriving, all wanting to explore and experience this city. That day, Monday is the last day of Restricciones.
According to my Instagram account, the final day count of this country’s closure to the world is 570 days. I have posted a foto a day since the beginning of Quarentine.

Welcome back!
See you on the floor.
Abrazo grande.

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