Thursday, July 16, 2009

Cemetery...This Aint No Grave Yard

Today Shaun and I walked a few blocks past the McDonalds's and the Burger Kings, and past the empanada shops and 'genuine argentine leather' shops to the large wall surrounding the world famous Recoleta Cemetery. The Cemetery includes graves of some of the most influential and important Argentinians, including the internationally famous Eva PerĂ³n.
And I have to say, it was a little bit creepy, and very impressive. Some of the tombs there were obviosly newer. I think we saw one dated 2006. The newer tombs were equally mixed with older, well cared for tombs, and old decrepid tombs with their glass broken out and doors falling off. Every single one had a cross or an angel on top. Some of the older less important tombs had been kind of turned into janitorial closets, with buckets and garden tools just sitting in there with the coffins. Also, there were a lot of cats. I guess a whole colony of feral cats live there. And people feed them. Just like the 'Botanical Gardens' we walked around in Palermo.
If you ever come to Buenos Aires, the zoo and botanical gardens aren't really worth the effort, but by all means, get to the Cemetery!

1 comment:

  1. chica. happy birthday! I'm sure you celebrated accordingly. hope you're enjoying the South--waaayy South!