Argentina Day 14: Adiós Argentina

Today is our last day here in Buenos Aires and Argentina as we fly back tonight on two back to back red eyes. Our flight to Bogotá, Colombia departs at 11:50pm which makes for an awkward setup when our hotel checkout time is the traditional 11am.

For $70, we were able to add a very late checkout (7pm) so we could spend the day exploring more of BA and come back to shower and pack before heading to the airport.

Last night we were craving Asian food, so we found a small sushi restaurant, Cherry Sushi. Not the best sushi in the world, but it was fun to get the Argentinian take on Japanese fare.

El Ateneo Bookstore, Recoleta, Buenos Aires

Before sushi, we popped into El Ateneo Bookstore, a spot that made my must-see list months ago. It’s an old theater repurposed as a massive bookstore selling everything from coffee table books to classics to DVDs, vinyl records and CDs. I purchased one children’s book in Spanish.

This morning we enjoyed the amazing $10 hotel breakfast yet again. #1Toddler devoured 5 slices of watermelon, 3 rings of pineapple an half a kiwi fruit. She’s become quite the breakfast fruititarian.

After breakfast we Ubered to the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano Buenos Aires (MALBA). We had hoped to get there during our first stop in BA, but couldn’t make it happen.

Twirling on the mosaic plateaus outside the MALBA

The current exhibit is by Earnesto Neto, a Brazilian sculptor who’s exhibits are biomorphic, made of soft stretchy fabrics, crochet and other natural fibers. They are meant to be touched, stretched and interacted with by visitors.

Inside the heart, creating the beat

The first work we discovered was a red fabric heart that encouraged visitors to climb inside and strike a drum to initiate a heartbeat.

Crocheted curtain with bells and shells

The next work we discovered was a set of crocheted curtains laced with bells and seashells, inviting young visitors to stroke and make sounds with their hands.

Nylon tunnel by Neto

One of Neto’s largest installations was a white tunnel of nylon fabric that visitors enter and walk through. #1Toddler and I went together.

Arte latinoamericano from 1900-1970
Multiple dynamic pieces make MALBA unique

The permanent collection features works from Latin American artists from 1900-1970. Amir describes it well – the collection is “digestible” – small enough to explore deeply, but deep enough to gain an understanding of the artist era and its influences.

Everyone has a breaking point

We are now back at the hotel after a pizza lunch and another tour of the “big park.” Time for another siesta before packing up for our long voyage home to Virginia.

-Steph

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