Stories Make Places Come Alive: Trolley Tracks

We got in a taxi at Calle Florida, a very touristy part of Buenos Aires, and we asked to go to San Telmo, another touristy area. Luis, our driver, started giving us a little tour and some history on the way. Some cab drivers really want tourists to enjoy their time here, and so manyContinue reading “Stories Make Places Come Alive: Trolley Tracks”

Was Evita As Great/Terrible As Everyone Says?

I’m here in Buenos Aires, trying to understand if Evita was good or bad, if Evita’s achievements deserve praise or not. The only thing people agree about is that Evita changed Argentina forever. Evita’s Achievements! Her Side Of The Story Did Evita’s Past Motivate Her? The Real Evita: Hear, See, Experience That Balcony Speech! Evita’sContinue reading “Was Evita As Great/Terrible As Everyone Says?”

Encounter Tango, Poetry & Jorge Luis Borges in Buenos Aires!

So many of the best travel moments are spontaneous! We didn’t expect an encounter with Cecilia Leoni, once a renowned tango singer, when we stepped off of a little cobbled street in Buenos Aires’ Recoleta district and walked into a bar-restaurant with an artsy vibe. Tango is as much about the music as the dance.Continue reading “Encounter Tango, Poetry & Jorge Luis Borges in Buenos Aires!”

The Origins Of Tango: Photo Essay

Argentinians and Uruguayans are always arguing over the origin of tango. Paula (@museodeltango) gave us a private tour of Montevideo’s tango museum to clear up this 100-year-old feud. Where Was Tango Created? In 2009, UNESCO cited the origin of tango as the Plata River Basin, the area between Montevideo and Buenos Aires. Tango Goes ToContinue reading “The Origins Of Tango: Photo Essay”

San Telmo Conventillo Photo Essay Tour

The conventillos of Buenos Aires are community living spaces. They were originally occupied by waves of immigrants. In this conventillo photo essay, you’ll enter this closed-off community and learn some of its secrets, meet some of its residents and discover its charm in San Telmo, the heart of Buenos Aires’ historic center. Argentina’s Immigration WaveContinue reading “San Telmo Conventillo Photo Essay Tour”

Female Solo Travel: An 1889 Race Around The World

It’s difficult to imagine a 19th century woman traveling the world, alone. Even today, female solo travel remains a popular blog topic. So back in 1889, when two women with adventurous streaks set out at the same time, in different directions, to circle the globe, you can imagine the interest they generated in the public!Continue reading “Female Solo Travel: An 1889 Race Around The World”

A True Haunted House, According To New York State Law

Google real haunted house and you’ll find a lot of spooky, abandoned houses, but spirits live in occupied homes, too. The haunted house I’m talking about, at 1 Laveta Place in Nyack, NY, forced lawmakers to write a new law, and the New York State Supreme Court upheld it! People live there… but not forContinue reading “A True Haunted House, According To New York State Law”

The Elusive Case of the Loud Party Music

For a long time, people in parts of Queens were complaining about loud music lasting until 4 or 5 am! Nobody could find the house with the loud music. It turned out the music was coming from a “booze cruise” after it docked in this marina, over 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) away when the windContinue reading “The Elusive Case of the Loud Party Music”