A day of Evita and football @ Buenos Aires, Argentina

We had a day full of Argentinian flavour…. Evita and football game!

Plaza Mayor with Casa Rosada in the background…. This is where Evita Perón, the former first lady of Argentina, made her famous speeches from the balcony to the crowds in the plaza….

I remember watching the Evita movie (starring Madonna) when I was a kid… so whenever I see any Evita references in Argentina.. I belted out the song “Don’t cry for me Argentina”!

After walking around the bohemian Palermo, we went into a random grocery store to buy lunch and ended up getting pies….. which we ate at the botanical gardens…

my spinach and egg pie…. really good…been skipping on my vegetables on this trip.. this more than makes up for it!  Lots and lots of spinach!

one of my friends had the ham and cheese pie

Since we were in the neighbourhood, I really wanted to visit the Evita Museum…..

The boys didn’t want to go because they were anxious to go to the FC River stadium to get football tickets.  We turned around to leave when this lady asked why we aren’t going inside. I told them about the boys and she sighed, shook her head and said something about how “boys will be boys.. always about football and not about history etc..”  I guess the boys were a bit embarrassed and they graciously allowed us to go for 15 minutes!

Unfortunately, we only spent 20 minutes at the museum because the boys were anxiously waiting outside… I wish I had more time to spend at the museum because Evita’s life was so interesting.  I’m happy to see that most of the museum visitors are women.. yay for feminism!

We ended up going to the the River Plate vs. Colon game and buying the tickets from scalpers for triple the price (60 USD!!!)!   This match was more rowdy… even before getting tickets!  When the bus of the opposing team’s fans drove by, people started hurling rocks and bottles towards the bus.. over our heads! We also saw someone holding onto his bleeding stomach (stabbed???).  There were also police wearing tactical gear and herding people!   Anyhoo.. it was worth the experience cause it was totally different from my Barça game experience.



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