30 April, 2014

Nom Nom, Ashoka hotel party

Today, there was a very nice party in Nom Nom, Ashoka hotel. There was lavish spread of food. The place is new and very beautifully done. There were lots of women from Delhi. 

Yours Truly in Ushuaia

Here we were exploring Ushuaia and getting pictures clicked in different locations.

29 April, 2014

We went to the end of the world together

Ushuaia, is referred as fin del mundo or end of the world. It is breathtakingly beautiful and majestic. 

Here we are at Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse. 

One of the stations while riding  End of the World Train (Tren del Fin del Mundo) from Ushuaia. 

Tierra del Fuego National Park.

28 April, 2014

Ushuaia- Fin del Mundo

We made a short trip to Ushuaia. It is called fin del mundo. It is the capital of Tierra del Fuego. It is commonly regarded as the southernmost city in the world. It is a beautiful place to visit- very picturesque and quite. More about it in the coming blog posts.

10 typical Argentine habits

1. Argentines address everyone very informally, like a family. The 'vos' form is very common. They would use it even with Pope.

2. Argentine would greet everyone with a kiss. They would send kisses even in mail- "te mando un beso muy grande"- means - I send you a big kiss.

3. Bidet is a common fixture in every bathroom in Argentina. It is seldom found in India. It is their way of keeping "pudendas" clean.

4. Argentines share their mate. It is common to find friends sipping mate from the same cup and same straw. 

5. Argentines make best friends. They may fight and punch each other but they make up as quickly ever and are seen sitting on the table like a family and laughing over a meal. The really know how to love each other.

6. Argentine can cry with you over simple thing, hug you, laugh with you. They enjoy simple pleasures of life. They will complain forever about the economy and the government. But quickly change the topic and be laughing aloud. There would be no malice in their heart, no scheming and plotting. They would not even know what all that would mean. They are forever ready to share a joke, drink wine, share their meal. They need no reason to celebrate.

7. It is common to hear "Cheee" or "che" followed by boludo (asshole).

8. Having asado (barbeque) on Sunday is a norm.

9. Keeping a plastic bottle on the hood of a car means that the car is for sale.

10. Argentines believe that mixing wine with watermelon can kill a person. Just as we in India believe that having milk and watermelon can give us some disease.

27 April, 2014

Learning Sevillanas

I had posted a blog with my Flamenco teacher here earlier. Yesterday we started Sevillanas. It is "danza a flamencado". We were doing Coplas. It was interesting to learn paso de sevillanas.

Do you know that there is Tango Flamenco also? It is unrelated to Argentine Tango though. Or should I say that it has very little relation to Argentine Tango. 
Tangos is only vaguely related to Argentine Tango, and objectively they only share comp├ís binario or double stroke rhythm. The fact that Argentine Tango is one of the first couple dances in America has led historians to believe that both could be based in a minuet-style European dance, therefore sharing a common ancestor, while those who compare the present day forms do not see them as related
In flamenco a tango is one of the flamenco palos closely related in form and feeling to the Flamenco Rumba. It is often performed as a finale to a flamenco tiento. Its compas and sound are the same as that of the Farruca and share the Farruca's lively nature.
The flamenco tango is distinct from the flamenco rumba primarily through the guitar playing. In Rumba the guitar flows more freely, whereas in Tangos the accents on beats 2, 3 & 4 are marked clearly with heavy strumming.

Look at my Flamenco jewelry- bought in Barcelona.