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Livia Romanov: Piercing Cold and Piercing Wallets: a Chilly Morning at the San Telmo Markets


Posted on July 17, 2017 by MYSO

Early this morning the rooms were buzzing with the music bees as they hurried their luggage downstairs and out of the country. We ate breakfast swiftly and did room sweeps at least ten times to make sure we didn't leave anything behind in Argentina. Before we got to the ferry station to bid the country goodbye, we stopped by the San Telmo marketplace for a few hours. Walking along the 12-block cobblestone road was a hassle within itself, but also deciding which matte stand had better cups was also a group debate. There were many side streets along the market…

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Hayley Jasinski: From Museums to Dancing (again)

Day 7 Our first morning expedition was a brisk walk to the Recoleta Cemetery. Since the United group hadn’t experienced this plot of Argentina’s history, all of us walked a couple blocks to the entrance before the American Airlines group split off. The bus took us to the Evita Museum, which is located in a former women’s home, a place where women with any type of issue could find refuge. The rooms of the museum were filled with key artifacts of Perónism, the party that Evita and her husband, Juan Perón, created. Evita essentially transformed the definition of the word…


July 17, 2017

Queila Griffin: Mas de lo que ve con los ojos – More than meets the eye

If you're anything like me, (uninformed of the nuances of South American history), you don't know who Evita was. Throughout the whole trip, I've heard her name mentioned and alluded to. However, today, in a day full of Argentina and culture, I was finally enlightened. Evita Perón was the First Lady of one of the most famous presidents of Argentina during the 1950s. She and her husband worked together to bring equality, labor rights, education, woman suffrage, and industrialization to Argentina. Needless to say, she was beloved by the poor people and working class of Argentina. However, because of Evita…


July 17, 2017

Hayley Jasinski: Savoring the True Culture of Buenos Aires

Day 6 The day started off with one of many bus rides, and we were headed back La Boca. Since there was rain forecasted, we decided to give everyone another chance to splurge on souvenirs and trinkets. My group was fortunate enough to fall into enough of the tourist traps yesterday that we chose to visit the Benito Quinquela Martin Museum. At the beginning of the day, I was majorly disappointed that we were missing the Le Tigre tour, but soaking in an art museum was the best possible way to make up for it. The first floor of this three story…


July 16, 2017

Queila Griffin: Baila conmigo, “Dance with me”

Day 6 Today was all about dancing, and especially, the tango. We were able to revisit La Boca neighborhood today for longer than we were able to yesterday. We made a couple of classic tourist purchases, alfajores, magnets, soccer jerseys, etc. Along with all the tourist shops, and racks of paintings, there were many cafés and bars with enticing smells wafting out.  Since it was a little chillier today, I stopped into a small little cafe and got hot chocolate. Right outside, there was a man painting watercolor next to his wares. I love watercolors, and stopped to look. He started up…


July 16, 2017

Anna McDougall: In which MYSO plays in the Factory of Art

Day 5, Part 2 After a dinner at several different nearby restaurants, MYSO loaded into the buses and headed for the Usina del Arte. Usina del Arte literally means "Factory of Art" or "Art Plant." The building does produce art, but the name has a more literal meaning. The building used to be an electrical plant, but today, the place had been gutted and transformed into a concert hall. The interior still retains some of its electrical plant trimmings--metal rafters and brick walls are visible between the wooden sound panels. Dress rehearsals are always tough. They are a fast-paced, stop-and-start…


July 14, 2017

Livia Romanov: Classical Meets Colorful Meets Cemetery: Drop-Dead Gorgeous Views

Day 5, part 1 Bus one! Bus two! Bus three! We left in groups by bus to head down to the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. This 28 meter tall stone and fresco heaven was my favorite thing to see today. The Italian influence mixed with the music and dance of the theater made the perfect ambiance of a stunning opera house. Corinthian columns were placed at almost every corner and the ceilings were doused in stained glass and magnificent paintings. We were given a tour by a lovely guide, and she showed us everything we had to see. She…


July 14, 2017

Livia Romanov: Savory Meats to Stadium Screams: an Eventful Day on Five Hours of Sleep

Day 4, part 1 We arrived at the hotel around 2:15am from our performance in Rosario. As 81 musicians rush up to their respective hotel rooms, the elevators were overwhelmed. My roommate and I decided that waiting 30 minutes for an elevator wouldn't suffice for our need to sleep, so we walked up 24 flights of 8 stairs each to get to our 8th floor room. Winded and sore, we quickly got ready for bed and slept soundly until 7:00am. We originally set our alarms for 7:00, but we were far too tired and kept pressing snooze until 7:30. We…


July 13, 2017

Anna McDougall: In which MYSO learns to cheer like Argentinians

Day 4, part 2 We broke for dinner. The groups split up on a quest to find smoothies, pizzas, and more empanadas. Everyone met up again afterwards in the hotel lobby dressed in bright red; no one liked the idea of showing up at a futbol game in Argentina wearing the other team's colors. In this case, the opposing team was from Chile, and their colors were blue. After crowds of riled up fans, security checks, and a lot of stairs, we arrived in our own private balcony. Not only could we see the action on the field well; we…


July 13, 2017

Queila Griffin: Impresionante – leaving an impression; impressive feat

Yesterday blended into today, as we landed in Buenos Aires close to midnight this morning (last night?). After making our way through customs, immigration, and a pit stop at McDonald's, we left the airport (finally!) in buses and headed to our hotel. After around 36 hours of traveling, and not being able to brush my teeth (sorry mom), let me tell you, a bed and shower have never looked so beautiful. Needless to say, the five hours I slept on a real bed were heavenly. Our first real day in Argentina started out with a quick breakfast in the hotel,…


July 12, 2017