Friday Photo Challenge: Travel Theme–Pink

When I travel, I do not look for pink.  However, this Weekly Travel Themes challenge hosted by Where’s my backpack.com instantly brought to mind more images from my 2008 trip to Buenos Aires.  Both images were taken in December 2008 in La Boca, a neighborhood near the old port.  It is known for its colorful facades and lively street scenes.

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casa rosada con una farola azul

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ventana con un marco de color rosa

These photos also relate to A Lingerling Look at Windows, a photo challenge promoted by The Day After.

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The crayon box that is La Boca, Buenos Aires, Arg.

Seeing the neighborhood with my own eyes was believing that the colorful facades were not simply a set for the street tango performers.

Seeing the neighborhood in the context of Buenos Aires, I conclude that it is indeed a backdrop, the stage presented to tourists.  It seems that we only photograph the colorful, happy buildings when we go to this part of town.  The cacophony of colors draws the eyes.  The tango rhythm reverberates along the cafe patios.

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A tango singer brings Carlos Gardel to life every time he sings his show.

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After a leisurely lunch, we head to the collectivos, our backs to the colorful facades,  walking away from “Caminito Havanna.”

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The authentic pulse of the barrio feels ordinary, beautiful.

IMG_0113 It is then that I finally see the real la boca reflected back to me.