Back in Buenos Aires

Almost eight months after leaving the UK I am back in Buenos Aires – briefly. The travel bug has well and truly bitten and there are places I want to see and things I want to do in Argentina. So I’m here for two to three weeks and then I’m heading south to Ushuaia. I’ll travel from there through Patagonia and back to Buenos Aires again for an indefinite stay.

When I left home the objective was to get back here to dance more tango. After nearly eight months of travelling with only three milongas attended the compulsion to dance every night had worn thin. I’d been here nearly a week, been to three milongas and not danced. I felt rusty and scared and unwilling to inflict myself upon unsuspecting tangueras or my friends.

Well that couldn’t continue. I remembered what I wrote in July last year – attitude is everything. I gave myself a good talking to, turned up at La Milonga del los Consagrados earlier than normal, got off my arse and onto the pista. Happily I found I can still dance tango. Yes I was rusty. Yes I’d forgotten some vocabulary. But noone gave me an early “gracias” and  I got several “que lindo”s. There are some things I need to work on but there are always things to work on.

I’m going to bed happy.

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2 Responses to “Back in Buenos Aires”

  1. Christine says:

    I’ve enjoyed following your travels through Peru.

    Welcome back to the ‘tango family’, I’m sure that you’ve already sent so ladies home with a smile on their face. So much of dancing tango is dependent on the musicality rather than moves and you can’t really lose that.
    Enjoy your trip to the South, it’s well worth it.
    Hope to catch up with you when we get to BsAs in March.


    • Mark says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed my Peruvian travels. At some point I hope to go back for more.

      Being back in the tango family is good. Especially being back in the family in Buenos Aires. It feels like home.

      See you in March.

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