Buenos Aires Vistas

02Mar12

“Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.” Ps. 111:2-3

Buenos Aires is the vibrant capital of Argentina, a grand, spacious city. From the historic center just in from the docks on the Rio Plata, a dazzling array of neighborhoods, boulevards, and plazas expands in all directions.

San Telmo is the arts and crafts district (it had been an enclave for the wealthy but many of them fled when yellow fever arrived).

The view toward downtown from Calle Carlos Calvo in San Telmo.

Belgrano is the home of Buenos Aires’ Chinatown. And the Once (“OWN-say”, which means “eleven”) neighborhood is named for September 11, 1852 when Buenos Aires attained a brief independence from the rest of the country. It is also where a devastating train accident occurred last week, and we ask for your continued thoughts and prayers for the families of everyone affected.

Adjoining the Plaza de Mayo are the Cathedral and the Casa Rosada (“Pink House”). The Cathedral serves as the final resting place for the body of General San Martin, hero along with Simon Bolivar of the Latin American wars for independence.

Buenos Aires' Cathedral

Buenos Aires' beautiful cathedral

The Casa Rosada is where President Fernandez receives ambassadors, holds press conferences, and, on occasion, delivers speeches from the balcony.

Casa Rosada

The Casa Rosada, the seat of Argentina's executive branch of government

The Abasto is a shopping mall nestled in the historic shell of a giant fruit and vegetable market, and now features a children’s museum and an amusement park with Ferris wheel and other rides. We were struck by the sight of quite a few families wearing Jewish religious attire, not a surprise given Buenos Aires’ large Jewish population. Nonetheless, it was interesting to see how even international companies are accommodating to the needs and preferences of this community:

The food court at the Abasto Mall

Buenos Aires’ diversity and history are compelling and present a different set of questions and challenges from the congregations we’ve so far met in the Chaco and in Paraguay. In our next post, we’ll write a little bit more about the churches we attended while in Buenos Aires. After only four days, we feel that we’ve just scratched the surface. We plan to come back for more at some point. It’s a long trip, but very comfortable:

CamaSuite

A suite ride: James sleeps on the "cama suite" bus. The vehicle has seats that fold down into beds ("camas") for the twelve-hour ride from Resistencia to Buenos Aires

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