La Boca

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I had been walking around La Boca on a rainy day, I continued on my way down the wide brick pathway, my feet gently sliding along the wet, uneven stones. I could feel the roughness on my soles of and was grateful for my shoes. The name La Boca suits it well because the culture and art it contains can make even the driest mouth water. It is a little town in Argentina, known as the birthplace of tango. Even though it’s only a small little town, it holds much history and even more thought-provoking sights.

The first thing I noticed in this town were the buildings, each colored brightly. They looked like they came out of a coloring-book with each wall and window colored in a different pastel Crayola crayon. It was surprising that with the water the pastel colors didn’t start dripping off and forming rainbow puddles. There was a little tiny street called El Caminito, the sign written on a large board and each letter curved in, resembling a circus poster.

In the indented letters I could see the raindrops steadily building up and then falling down all together and they continued to repeat this pattern. On the walls were free standing sculptures of important Argentine figures, such as Benito Martin, the local artist attributed to painting the neighborhood. The sculptures were made with a hard but very smooth material in a dark grey color; they were are merely from the shoulders up, as if the bodies had been hacked off during a brutal dispute. Standing on some of the porches I could make out what seem to be people waving at me, but in fact were life size statues of the most recognizable people in Argentine history. Despite the droopy weather conditions they managed to give...