Next stop, Buenos Aires!


Everyone says it’s only a matter of time. Take up tango, and at some point you’re going to want to go to Buenos Aires.

Diego kindly gave me a literal day-by-day milonga schedule, with a taste of everything from uber-traditional at one end through casual porteño to ‘underground,’ and I’m having a lesson and a drink with Iona Italia …

This trip is involving a novelty for me: hold baggage!

I spent more than a decade doing international tech research, so the vast majority of my travel has been on business. I half-joke that I’ve visited 73 countries and seen about 12 of them. My typical stay in a city has been 1-3 days, and I’ve always travelled hand-baggage only. This time it’s a fortnight, and as I’m planning to go to two milongas a day (one afternoon, one evening), I’m expecting to get through quite a few shirts! I’m thus taking most of my tango wardrobe.

Plus I’ll treat myself to a few pairs of tango trousers while I’m there, perhaps an extra pair of shoes and – if a tailor recommendation pans out – a bespoke suit. The exchange rate, even for the beleaguered pound, makes an Argentine tailor an even better deal than a Hong Kong one.

Whether I’ll manage to keep up the blog while I’m there is anyone’s guess! The first week is pure holiday; the second week, I have to work five hours a day (which I’m doing in the mornings), so it’s going to be a busy time! The blog posts may be short …

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