As I continued checking out the great collection of photos from the Argentina experience I found a number of real characters. A few might have made it into other postings but now the best of Argentina characters are here in one place!
We start with the slasher of Recoleta Cemetery. Why was this young lady running through the cemetery with a knife in her prom dress? No clue – but she had a photographer with her (other than me).
My Spanish is so bad I couldn’t even understand these two characters talking with the young lady. The Argentina version of Bill Nye the Science Guy I think.
A guy on stilts with his food truck – what else do you need?
I made all the guys at work jealous getting to know a local TV reporter.
Christmas in summer = elfs on roller blades.
Some of the many street performers.
Parilla Argentina – the name says it all! I will miss the steaks.
Every weekend on Avenida de Mayo there seem to be an event…
The gaucho festival was one of the highlights. They were the real thing…
Which apparently meant when you were done you hung out having a cold beer. Not sure a Texas cowboy goes without socks, but most of these guys were amazingly skilled horsemen.
The cook at my favorite Buenos Aires empanada restaurant.
Superheros of the Mate Festival.
Marino Santa Maria – a great artist and cooler person.
About 95% of the T shirts I saw in Argentina had writing in English – sometimes a bit inaccurate – such as ‘New York Area 51’.
Also note in this photo the window. Some of the Subte cars are old and don’t have air conditioning so you open the windows. The sticker says ‘don’t stick your head or arms out the car window’ – seems like it shouldn’t need to be said.
E Line Elvis. There are 6 subway lines in the city, all with letters, as this line is ‘E’. I saw this guy a few times doing his bit on the train – with the delivery and the sideburns I gave him the name!
It is very common to see people roll onto the train with their portable speaker and serenade the passengers. They always get applause, even if they don’t always get money.
Not a setup – we walked into a record store one day and there was a guy dressed in a full Spiderman outfit that just reeked of beer. We did not stick around to see his musical taste – but I bet he went for that Mafalda CD just above him.
Wandering the Palermo neighborhood we ran into a drag queen contest.
These 3 ladies were at the festival. Still not sure why she has a sticker on her chest.
The guards indicated that it was ok for us to take photos of them at the Presidential Palace, but there was no rule that said they couldn’t sneer.
The dad of a good friend. He was a hoot, and we couldn’t even really talk to each other. Characters know characters.
Christmas Morning – about 10 AM. All he wanted from Santa Claus was a bottle of champagne and some sort of meat. Seems he got his wish.
The picture was clear – he is blurry.
Same morning – not sure who asked for 6 big plastic bubbles, but they are getting it.
Rio De Lata Plata troubadour.
Ceffi the glacier hike guide and his assistant. True characters that kept people from falling into giant crevices.
Roci the petrified forest guide. Cool and smart.
Another day on the Rio De La Plata.
This is Grace and her friend Sol. Grace is a tour guide but on this day I was giving her a tour of the subway’s H Line artwork so she could come up with a new tour offering.
Carnaval a week late….
Sometimes in Buenos Aires they blow their own horns! There was a lot to enjoy about our time there, but the people were the best part.