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Recoleta Cemetery

ARGENTINA | Tuesday, 27 January 2009 | Views [385]

We found a flat! It’s just a studio, but certainly big enough for the two of us. The location is perfect too – just behind Plaza San Martin, right in the centre of town. It’s also one street away from the famous Florida Road, a pedestrian only street, dedicated to shopping. (this location may be a little too perfect for Alicia!)

Now that’s done, we can start sorting out our Spanish lessons. Alicia’s one step ahead though, and has already organised a meeting with Pablo, our soon-to-be Profesor de Español.

The first lesson with Pablo goes really well and we’re happy to arrange another, but this time why not combine it with some sight-seeing. Pablo suggests Recoleta cemetery and despite the obvious objections to such a venue, we trust his judgment and go along with it.

Recoleta cemetery is the final resting place for seemingly all the rich Argentinean families, and due to the extravagant tombs and graves, it’s a tourist attraction in its own right. As it’s surrounded by the city, space is strictly limited, which of course increases its exclusivity and has apparently led to a very long waiting list. As we wander around the cemetary's "streets", the busiest area we come across is around the Duarte Familia tomb. Here lies Argentina’s most famous daughter; Eva Peron (Duarte is her maiden name). There is nothing particularly unique about this tomb, except for the fact it is here. By this I mean Eva (or Evita as she became known) came from a poor rural family and they could never have afforded their area in this cemetery, had Eva not been so important. And now ironically, the most famous plot in this cemetery for the super rich, is owned by a poor family...

 

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