Impressions of Buenos Aires 2000

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It is hard for me to dance here,
everybody seems rather strange,
I would rather be there

I grew to love Buenos Aires,
I felt appreciated and valued,
Dancing the tango is not easy,
always overcoming yourself

I hear the music of the Milongas,
it is good for the soul,
Lovely connection, sweet time

The flowers are lovely but
my heart feels heavy,
I am quite lost,

I listened to Pugliese and
when I could not stand it anymore
I cried and remembered Buenos Aires,

It is all very strange,
getting up in Buenos Aires
going to bed on a different continent,
I will not forget it,

Desire – are you having a good time
with your lover,
You and Buenos Aires,
I could not think about it,

It is not easy to deny desire
for the sake of another´s future,

opportunity to examine my own integrity

I walk and walk,
listen to the sound of the waves,
look out over the horizon,
integrating the experience of
tango and Buenos Aires,

I miss the dancing,
am spoiled now,
knowing the experience,
The days were rich and full,
The dancing flowed,

The last this and the last that
crept closer and closer,
I miss the traffic and the fumes,
the smoke and everything,

There are many things
I have yet to feel
– a total experience,

From winter to summer
from fall to spring,
I have changed quite a bit
gained in confidence as a woman,

It is hard with intense emotions,
he is forever part of my heart,
quite special,
I could spend time with him,
so could many others,

The dance floor seemed so chaotic,
I was glad to rest
against the belly of a milonguero,
I made the right choice,

I am gaining in strength and balance
my posture has changed,
We have become accustomed to each other
in the speed and movement of the dance,

She is so totally body concious
makes my walk more feminine,
a very wicked, quite sexy heel

Times are chaotic and intense
and peaceful and mellow,
one is not better
or more desireable than the other,

i live each day,

I love this neighbourhood
it is alive and exhausts me,
I feel at home in the city
cannot find much country in it,

From summer to winter,
leaving fall for spring,
It is not an easy time
I am absorbing Spanish,

It takes a lot of praying
for my intuition
to find the way
with all new impressions,

I was very moody,
my soul was sad,
my friends were wondering,
I danced anyways,
It was very sweet to feel so cared for,

I am starting to express more,
I am having quite a fun time,
I don´t know how to describe it,

It is poetry,
it all comes alive again,
the music always with me,
My heart is heavy at the thought of leaving,
I cannot bear it,

Your flowers are lovely,
My body is getting so used to dancing,

Street dancing and singing
You would like her,
Total body language
wonderful and fun,

So much here really seems
like a gift from God
I get overwhelmed,

We are like mirrors in many ways
many tell me I look Argentinian,

Men appreciative of women
I have learnt how to smile,
It is very fascinating,

Women are self assured
very possessive of their men,
I am getting better at not being so
concerned about things,

Just keep on dancing, dancing, dancing,
I might just be able to really dance one day,

I find him full of joy ,
I wonder what will happen to us,

Good things,
we keep the spirit,
the essence and the intent,
Another shift, another leap,

I am wondering
what I will be like,
It is such a surprise to discover
how I have changed,

He dances with such
wonderful passion and energy,

People come and go,
Each one leaves me
a special gift,
It is a terrific experience,
a new and different way of living,

For woman an interesting and
satisfying place to be,
Argentinian men not only
concerned with youth,

I continue my lessons,
go to my favourite milongas,
a tanda of chacarera,
lovely to watch people dance it
with such joy in their hearts,

I am staying in my neighbourhood,
simply absorbing it,
so glad I arranged this experience,
the way I am doing it,

She´s such a tanguera,
very generous
including everybody in her life,

She was quite overwhelmed by emotions,
she felt like her soul had come home,
it is that kind of place,

I am passion and feelings,
a young man expressing passion
in the dance,

He just says what he feels,
I try to do it
getting less self conscious,

To integrate tango,
I have to experience the city,
not only the dancing,

To live Buenos Aires,
to mix with people,
walking the streets,
going into bars,
hearing what people say,
feeling the way they feel,
go into subways, buses,
eat what people eat,
In that way you’ll dance properly,

That is why my visit has been
the way it has,
not the way I thought
before I arrived,

I am getting pretty good at
communicating with my eyes,
I like this system,
can you believe I am saying this,

It was an eye opener for me
to realize how much I have learnt
and absorbed,

I may not be very good
at this eye language,
but at least I know it is there,
I can see it.

Looking around that night
I saw mostly blank eyes
and thought,
this is how I was
not so long ago,

I felt just as shocked
as the local milongueros,
pretty interesting,

You ask about the eyegame,
it is the most
fascinating part of being here,

All asking, accepting, ignoring,
delaying, refusing to dance,
is done through
communicating with the eyes,

When I first arrived this was a
pretty overwhelming experience,
The whole thing is very complex

I am gradually learning this language,
I am actually getting to the point
where I prefer it,

I do not find it macho,
gives woman more freedom
to dance,
saving face for the man is important,

It is somewhat of a surprise
that I should feel this way,
I have spent many hours at
the milongas just
watching and observing,
I have only scratched the surface
of the codes,

The food here is another story,
The coffee is excellent
dark roast and strong,

Radicetta is my favourite greens,
The meat is very good and
I understand the taste of Malbec,
The full flavour complement the parilla,

How can I not love a place
that has strong coffee and flan,

When we return home
we meet in the kitchen
where we soak our feet in icewater and
dip soft vanilla wafers in yoghurt,

We always have a good time,
and laugh and
talk about the dancing,
we ask about many things
that otherwise would pass us by,

Time is rushing by,
I continue my Tanguera life,
I enjoy my classes,
I have only just begun to explore this place,
there is just so much,

Seeing people from different places,
noticing how different they are,
I am very glad I made
my first visit here the way I did,

I have learned so much
about the etiquette,
just absorbing everything
will make a difference to
my dancing,

I have been having some
very nice dances lately,
we are getting very comfortable
with each other,
it is getting more and more
pleasurable to dance,

I am gaining in understanding,
my dancing is improving,
my energy connection
to the earth and above
is getting stronger,

I am gradually getting over
the barriers to
getting onto the dance floor,
it is making me stronger as a person and
as a woman,

She is a total latin woman and
a wonderful tanguera,
she looks at tango as
a total body experience,

A lot is quite intimidating to me,
the constant need to overcome myself,

Had some very satisfying dancing,
I chose the dances I wanted to dance,
managed using the eyes and body language,

This is such a pleasant, sensual way
to connect and dance,
I am so sensitive to the energy flow,
every few days my body is full and
I stay home and sleep,

I sit under the huge hibiscus tree and
meditate a little,

I am becoming more and more fascinated
by the silent language
of the milongas,
I get caught observing
and forget to look out
for my own dances,

It is interesting to ponder
which way of asking
really gives the woman
more choice and freedom,

I am continuing to work and study hard,
As far as the dancing goes
I am pretty hopeless in analyzing,
I just dance,

Often slow and sensual,
sometimes quick, all depending on
the music and the person interpreting it,
It is dancing with feeling and energy
not so much technique,

I simply close my eyes,
feel the flow of energy
from the constant physical touch,

The most satisfying way of dancing,
such a nice flow of movements
transcends following and leading,
just dancing,

I have gotten over rejection,
I am totally content
to sit and watch,

I adore it here and I know
I will be back,

It occurred to me that
I had to stop trying to get good enough
to dance with the real good dancers,
I am already dancing with the real good dancers,

I realized I was dancing and
at the same time holding back
not really dancing,

I decided that I am good enough,
I have regained my confidence,
getting less selfconscious,
So good for me,

When I arrived I thought
I would just dance a lot
so I could become more experienced,

I have gone to many Milongas,
I have sat and observed a lot,
In the beginning everything was
overwhelming,

People told me different things
about the etiquette and
language of the Milongas,

Some of it I have found
to be true,
some of it I have found to be part of
other persons experiences and
not true for me,

I wanted to absorb all of tango,
the real heart of tango,
I let go of all expectations,

I am absorbing this unwritten language,
I see how people connect, miscommunicate,
become close and/or distant,
It is really quite fascinating,

Everything is through the eyes and
movement of the body,
I have managed to have
several conversations with different men and
have danced that way,

I have been successful at showing my
displeasure if I feel I have not
been treated in the way I want,

The style of dancing here is
Milonguero style, very close embrace,
Some dance salon style,

Some Milongueros do not dance with tourists,
some dance with all tourists,
Different Milongas have
different feel to them
attract different people,

When I arrive now I say hello to many people,
I have become familiar and
people recognize me,
We sit at a table with my host
various people join us,

So we talk, dance a little,
Sometimes it is easy for me and
sometimes it is not,
I like to just look at the dancefloor
watch all the people dance by,

It is a fascinating, wonderful,
totally alive place,
I already know
I will not be ready to leave
when I have to,

It´s a wonderful day here today,
even the fumes
can´t wipe the smile off my face,
What a time this is,

My dancing is steadily improving,
I have not been nervous since I arrived
only selfconscious,

Dancing with him is giving me
tremendous strength as
he requires such passion,

I have to work hard to
remain in my own balance,

We went to one of the
traditional restuarants and
tried their parilla,
The food was wonderful,

The asking to dance with the eyes
is challenging the whole
concept so foreign to me as a woman,
People tell me I am missing out on opportunities,
slowly I am getting the language,

The women dresses are short and tight,
The shoes are pretty with high heels ,
I have bought a pair of bright, red ones,

Wherever we go we are always noticed,
The floor was packed with people
we were soon dancing,

A beer and empanadas at 5 am,
the staff is cleaning up,
putting away the tablecloths
seems so natural,

The dance floor is a square in the middle,
tables line the square all around,
There is just enough room to
squeeze by onto the dancefloor,
In one corner a group of people
having a birthday party, complete
with cake, candles and noisemakers,

She is a very good dancer,
she is also quite a femme,
wears only designer clothes,
talks french to everybody,
whether they understand or not and
draws men to the table like flies,
She is lovely and from the heart,
and always drinks champagne,

I do not mind watching,
it gets frustrating not to
dance all the time,

Take me, he says…..
meaning hold on to me,
I am having a bit of fun with the phrase
but I say nothing,

I truly love this city,
feel so familiar in it,
reminds me of Europe,
at the same time it is
totally new and different,

The most amazing thing of all is
that I may choose not to dance here,-
can you believe it,
I just don´t like the stuff
that goes with being asked,

The milongueros play games at times and
i, even with my glasses,
do not see well enough to participate in the game,
I may just watch,
it is considered bad form to come to the table to ask somebody to dance,

The level of dancing is very good,
the dances I have had
have been mostly enjoyable,

It is hard for me to dance here
everybody seems rather strange
I would rather be there

I grew to love Buenos Aires
I felt appreciated and valued
Dancing the tango is not easy
always overcoming yourself

i hear the music of the Milongas
it is good for the soul,
Lovely connection, sweet time

The flowers are lovely but
my heart feels heavy,
I am quite lost

I listened to Pugliese and
when I could not stand it anymore
I cried and remembered Buenos Aires

It is all very strange
getting up in Buenos Aires
going to bed on a different continent
I will not forget it

desire – are you having a good time
with your lover
you and Buenos Aires
I could not think about it

it is not easy to deny desire
for the sake of another´s future

opportunity to examine my own integrity

i walk and walk
listen to the sound of the waves
look out over the horizon
integrating the experience of
tango and Buenos Aires

I miss the dancing
am spoiled now
knowing the experience
The days were rich and full
The dancing flowed

the last this and the that
crept closer and closer
I miss the traffic and the fumes,
the smoke and everything

There are many things
I have yet to feel
– a total experience

from winter to summer
from fall to spring
I have changed quite a bit
gained in confidence as a woman

It is hard with intense emotions
he is forever part of my heart
quite special
I could spend time with him
so could many others

The dance floor seemed so chaotic
I was glad to rest
against the belly of a milonguero
I made the right choice

I am gaining in strength and balance
my posture has changed
We have become accustomed to each other
in the speed and movement of the dance

She is so totally body concious
makes my walk more feminine
a very wicked, quite sexy heel

times are chaotic and intense
and peaceful and mellow
one is not better
or more desireable than the other

i live each day

I love this neighbourhood
it is alive and exhausts me
I feel at home in the city
cannot find much country in it

from summer to winter,
leaving fall for spring
It is not an easy time
I am absorbing Spanish

It takes a lot of praying
for my intuition
to find the way
with all new impressions

I was very moody
my soul was sad
my friends were wondering
I danced anyways
It was very sweet to feel so cared for

I am starting to express more
I am having quite a fun time
I don´t know how to describe it

it is poetry
it all comes alive again
the music always with me
my heart is heavy at the thought of leaving
I cannot bear it

Your flowers are lovely
My body is getting so used to dancing

street dancing and singing
You would like her
total body language
wonderful and fun

So much here really seems
like a gift from God
I get overwhelmed

we are like mirrors in many ways
many tell me I look Argentinian

men appreciative of women
I have learnt how to smile
It is very fascinating

women are self assured
very possessive of their men
I am getting better at not being so
concerned about things

just keep on dancing, dancing, dancing
I might just be able to really dance one day

I find him full of joy
I wonder what will happen to us

good things
we keep the spirit,
the essence and the intent
Another shift, another leap

I am wondering
what I will be like
it is such a surprise to discover
how I have changed

He dances with such
wonderful passion and energy

People come and go
each one leaves me
a special gift
it is a terrific experience
a new and different way of living

for woman an interesting and
satisfying place to be
Argentinian men not only
concerned with youth

I continue my lessons
go to my favourite milongas
a tanda of chacarera
lovely to watch people dance it
with such joy in their hearts

I am staying in my neighbourhood
simply absorbing it
so glad I arranged this experience
the way I am doing it

She´s such a tanguera
very generous
including everybody in her life

she was quite overwhelmed by emotions
she felt like her soul had come home
it is that kind of place

I am passion and feelings
a young man expressing passion
in the dance

he just says what he feels
I try to do it
getting less self concious

to integrate tango
I have to experience the city
not only the dancing

to live Buenos Aires
to mix with people
walking the streets
going into bars
hearing what people say
feeling the way they feel
go into subways, buses
eat what people eat
In that way you’ll dance properly

That is why my visit has been
the way it has
not the way I thought
before I arrived

I am getting pretty good at
communicating with my eyes
I like this system
can you believe I am saying this

It was an eye opener for me
to realize how much I have learnt
and absorbed

I may not be very good
at this eye language
but at least I know it is there
I can see it

Looking around that night
I saw mostly blank eyes
and thought
this is how I was
not so long ago

I felt just as shocked
as the local milongueros
pretty interesting

You ask about the eyegame
it is the most
fascinating part of being here

All asking, accepting, ignoring,
delaying, refusing to dance
is done through
communicating with the eyes

When I first arrived this was a
pretty overwhelming experience
The whole thing is very complex

I am gradually learning this language
I am actually getting to the point
where I prefer it

I do not find it macho
gives woman more freedom
to dance,
saving face for the man is important

It is somewhat of a surprise
that I should feel this way
I have spent many hours at
the milongas just
watching and observing
I have only scratched the surface
of the code

The food here is another story
The coffee is excellent
dark roast and strong

radicetta is my favourite greens,
The meat is very good and
I understand the taste of Malbec
The full flavour complement the parilla

How can I not love a place
that has strong coffee and flan

When we return home
we meet in the kitchen
where we soak our feet in icewater and
dip soft vanilla wafers in yoghurt

We always have a good time
and laugh and
talk about the dancing
we ask about many things
that otherwise would pass us by

Time is rushing by
I continue my Tanguera life
I enjoy my classes
I have only just begun to explore this place
there is just so much

seeing people from different places
noticing how different they are
I am very glad I made
my first visit here the way I did

I have learned so much
about the etiquette
just absorbing everything
will make a difference to
my dancing

I have been having some
very nice dances lately
we are getting very comfortable
with each other
it is getting more and more
pleasurable to dance

I am gaining in understanding
my dancing is improving
my energy connection
to the earth and above
is getting stronger

I am gradually getting over
the barriers to
getting onto the dance floor
it is making me stronger as a person and
as a woman

she is a total latin woman and
a wonderful tanguera
she looks at tango as
a total body experience

a lot is quite intimidating to me
the constant need to overcome myself

had some very satisfying dancing
I chose the dances I wanted to dance
managed using the eyes and body language

this is such a pleasant, sensual way
to connect and dance
I am so sensitive to the energy flow
every few days my body is full and
I stay home and sleep

I sit under the huge hibiscus tree and
meditate a little

I am becoming more and more fascinated
by the silent language
of the milongas
I get caught observing
and forget to look out
for my own dances

It is interesting to ponder
which way of asking
really give the woman
more choice and freedom

I am continuing to work and study hard
As far as the dancing goes
I am pretty hopeless in analyzing
I just dance

often slow and sensual
sometimes quick, all depending on
the music and the person interpreting it
It is dancing with feeling and energy
not so much technique

I simply close my eyes
feel the flow of energy
from the constant physical touch

the most satisfying way of dancing
such a nice flow of movements
transcends following and leading
just dancing

I have gotten over rejection
I am totally content
to sit and watch

I adore it here and I know
I will be back

It occurred to me that
I had to stop trying to get good enough
to dance with the real good dancers
I am already dancing with the real good dancers

I realized I was dancing
at the same time holding back
not really dancing

I decided that I am good enough
I have regained my confidence
getting less selfconcious
So good for me

When I arrived I thought
I would just dance a lot
so I could become more experienced

I have gone to many Milongas
I have sat and observed a lot
In the beginning everything was
overwhelming

people told me different things
about the etiquette and
language of the Milongas

Some of it I have found
to be true
some of it I have found to be part of
other persons experiences and
not true for me

I wanted to absorb all of tango
the real heart of tango
I let go of all expectations

I am absorbing this unwritten language
I see how people connect, miscommunicate,
become close and/or distant
It is really quite fascinating

Everything is through the eyes and
movement of the body
I have managed to have
several conversations with different men and
have danced that way

I have been successful at showing my
displeasure if I feel I have not
been treated in the way I want

The style of dancing here is
Milonguero style, very close embrace
Some dance salon style

Some Milongueros do not dance with tourists
some dance with all tourists
Different Milongas have
different feel to them
attract different people

when I arrive now I say hello to many people
I have become familiar and
people recognize me
we sit at a table with my host
various people join us

So we talk, dance a little
Sometimes it is easy for me and
sometimes it is not
I like to just look at the dancefloor
watch all the people dance by

It is a fascinating, wonderful,
totally alive place
I already know
I will not be ready to leave
when I have to

It´s a wonderful day here today
even the fumes
can´t wipe the smile off my face
What a time this is

My dancing is steadily improving
I have not been nervous since I arrived
only selfconscious

Dancing with him is giving me
tremendous strength as
he requires such passion

I have to work hard to
remain in my own balance

We went to one of the
traditional restuarants and
tried their parilla
The food was wonderful

The asking to dance with the eyes
is challenging the whole
concept so foreign to me as a woman
People tell me I am missing out on opportunities
slowly I am getting the language

The women dresses are short and tight
The shoes are pretty with high heels
I have bought a pair of bright, red ones

Wherever we go we are always noticed
The floor was packed with people
we were soon dancing

a beer and empanadas at 5 am
the staff is cleaning up
putting away the tablecloths
seems so natural

The dance floor is a square in the middle
tables line the square all around
There is just enough room to
squeeze by onto the dancefloor
In one corner a group of people
having a birthday party, complete
with cake, candles and noisemakers

She is a very good dancer
she is also quite a femme
wears only designer clothes
talks french to everybody
whether they understand or not and
draws men to the table like flies
She is lovely and from the heart
and always drinks champagne

I do not mind watching
it gets frustrating not to
dance all the time

take me, he says…..
meaning hold on to me
I am having a bit of fun with the phrase
but I say nothing

I truly love this city
feel so familiar in it
reminds me of Europe
at the same time it is
totally new and different

the most amazing thing of all is
that I may choose not to dance here –
can you believe it
I just don´t like the stuff
that goes with being asked,

the milongueros play games at times and
i, even with my glasses,
do not see well enough to participate in the game
I may just watch,
it is considered bad form to come to the table to ask somebody to dance

the level of dancing is very good
the dances I have had
have been mostly enjoyable

It is hard for me to dance here
everybody seems rather strange
I would rather be there

I grew to love Buenos Aires
I felt appreciated and valued
Dancing the tango is not easy
always overcoming yourself

i hear the music of the Milongas
it is good for the soul,
Lovely connection, sweet time

The flowers are lovely but
my heart feels heavy,
I am quite lost

I listened to Pugliese and
when I could not stand it anymore
I cried and remembered Buenos Aires

It is all very strange
getting up in Buenos Aires
going to bed on a different continent
I will not forget it

desire – are you having a good time
with your lover
you and Buenos Aires
I could not think about it

it is not easy to deny desire
for the sake of another´s future

opportunity to examine my own integrity

i walk and walk
listen to the sound of the waves
look out over the horizon
integrating the experience of
tango and Buenos Aires

I miss the dancing
am spoiled now
knowing the experience
The days were rich and full
The dancing flowed

the last this and the that
crept closer and closer
I miss the traffic and the fumes,
the smoke and everything

There are many things
I have yet to feel
– a total experience

from winter to summer
from fall to spring
I have changed quite a bit
gained in confidence as a woman

It is hard with intense emotions
he is forever part of my heart
quite special
I could spend time with him
so could many others

The dance floor seemed so chaotic
I was glad to rest
against the belly of a milonguero
I made the right choice

I am gaining in strength and balance
my posture has changed
We have become accustomed to each other
in the speed and movement of the dance

She is so totally body concious
makes my walk more feminine
a very wicked, quite sexy heel

times are chaotic and intense
and peaceful and mellow
one is not better
or more desireable than the other

i live each day

I love this neighbourhood
it is alive and exhausts me
I feel at home in the city
cannot find much country in it

from summer to winter,
leaving fall for spring
It is not an easy time
I am absorbing Spanish

It takes a lot of praying
for my intuition
to find the way
with all new impressions

I was very moody
my soul was sad
my friends were wondering
I danced anyways
It was very sweet to feel so cared for

I am starting to express more
I am having quite a fun time
I don´t know how to describe it

it is poetry
it all comes alive again
the music always with me
my heart is heavy at the thought of leaving
I cannot bear it

Your flowers are lovely
My body is getting so used to dancing

street dancing and singing
You would like her
total body language
wonderful and fun

So much here really seems
like a gift from God
I get overwhelmed

we are like mirrors in many ways
many tell me I look Argentinian

men appreciative of women
I have learnt how to smile
It is very fascinating

women are self assured
very possessive of their men
I am getting better at not being so
concerned about things

just keep on dancing, dancing, dancing
I might just be able to really dance one day

I find him full of joy
I wonder what will happen to us

good things
we keep the spirit,
the essence and the intent
Another shift, another leap

I am wondering
what I will be like
it is such a surprise to discover
how I have changed

He dances with such
wonderful passion and energy

People come and go
each one leaves me
a special gift
it is a terrific experience
a new and different way of living

for woman an interesting and
satisfying place to be
Argentinian men not only
concerned with youth

I continue my lessons
go to my favourite milongas
a tanda of chacarera
lovely to watch people dance it
with such joy in their hearts

I am staying in my neighbourhood
simply absorbing it
so glad I arranged this experience
the way I am doing it

She´s such a tanguera
very generous
including everybody in her life

she was quite overwhelmed by emotions
she felt like her soul had come home
it is that kind of place

I am passion and feelings
a young man expressing passion
in the dance

he just says what he feels
I try to do it
getting less self concious

to integrate tango
I have to experience the city
not only the dancing

to live Buenos Aires
to mix with people
walking the streets
going into bars
hearing what people say
feeling the way they feel
go into subways, buses
eat what people eat
In that way you’ll dance properly

That is why my visit has been
the way it has
not the way I thought
before I arrived

I am getting pretty good at
communicating with my eyes
I like this system
can you believe I am saying this

It was an eye opener for me
to realize how much I have learnt
and absorbed

I may not be very good
at this eye language
but at least I know it is there
I can see it

Looking around that night
I saw mostly blank eyes
and thought
this is how I was
not so long ago

I felt just as shocked
as the local milongueros
pretty interesting

You ask about the eyegame
it is the most
fascinating part of being here

All asking, accepting, ignoring,
delaying, refusing to dance
is done through
communicating with the eyes

When I first arrived this was a
pretty overwhelming experience
The whole thing is very complex

I am gradually learning this language
I am actually getting to the point
where I prefer it

I do not find it macho
gives woman more freedom
to dance,
saving face for the man is important

It is somewhat of a surprise
that I should feel this way
I have spent many hours at
the milongas just
watching and observing
I have only scratched the surface
of the code

The food here is another story
The coffee is excellent
dark roast and strong

radicetta is my favourite greens,
The meat is very good and
I understand the taste of Malbec
The full flavour complement the parilla

How can I not love a place
that has strong coffee and flan

When we return home
we meet in the kitchen
where we soak our feet in icewater and
dip soft vanilla wafers in yoghurt

We always have a good time
and laugh and
talk about the dancing
we ask about many things
that otherwise would pass us by

Time is rushing by
I continue my Tanguera life
I enjoy my classes
I have only just begun to explore this place
there is just so much

seeing people from different places
noticing how different they are
I am very glad I made
my first visit here the way I did

I have learned so much
about the etiquette
just absorbing everything
will make a difference to
my dancing

I have been having some
very nice dances lately
we are getting very comfortable
with each other
it is getting more and more
pleasurable to dance

I am gaining in understanding
my dancing is improving
my energy connection
to the earth and above
is getting stronger

I am gradually getting over
the barriers to
getting onto the dance floor
it is making me stronger as a person and
as a woman

she is a total latin woman and
a wonderful tanguera
she looks at tango as
a total body experience

a lot is quite intimidating to me
the constant need to overcome myself

had some very satisfying dancing
I chose the dances I wanted to dance
managed using the eyes and body language

this is such a pleasant, sensual way
to connect and dance
I am so sensitive to the energy flow
every few days my body is full and
I stay home and sleep

I sit under the huge hibiscus tree and
meditate a little

I am becoming more and more fascinated
by the silent language
of the milongas
I get caught observing
and forget to look out
for my own dances

It is interesting to ponder
which way of asking
really give the woman
more choice and freedom

I am continuing to work and study hard
As far as the dancing goes
I am pretty hopeless in analyzing
I just dance

often slow and sensual
sometimes quick, all depending on
the music and the person interpreting it
It is dancing with feeling and energy
not so much technique

I simply close my eyes
feel the flow of energy
from the constant physical touch

the most satisfying way of dancing
such a nice flow of movements
transcends following and leading
just dancing

I have gotten over rejection
I am totally content
to sit and watch

I adore it here and I know
I will be back

It occurred to me that
I had to stop trying to get good enough
to dance with the real good dancers
I am already dancing with the real good dancers

I realized I was dancing
at the same time holding back
not really dancing

I decided that I am good enough
I have regained my confidence
getting less selfconcious
So good for me

When I arrived I thought
I would just dance a lot
so I could become more experienced

I have gone to many Milongas
I have sat and observed a lot
In the beginning everything was
overwhelming

people told me different things
about the etiquette and
language of the Milongas

Some of it I have found
to be true
some of it I have found to be part of
other persons experiences and
not true for me

I wanted to absorb all of tango
the real heart of tango
I let go of all expectations

I am absorbing this unwritten language
I see how people connect, miscommunicate,
become close and/or distant
It is really quite fascinating

Everything is through the eyes and
movement of the body
I have managed to have
several conversations with different men and
have danced that way

I have been successful at showing my
displeasure if I feel I have not
been treated in the way I want

The style of dancing here is
Milonguero style, very close embrace
Some dance salon style

Some Milongueros do not dance with tourists
some dance with all tourists
Different Milongas have
different feel to them
attract different people

when I arrive now I say hello to many people
I have become familiar and
people recognize me
we sit at a table with my host
various people join us

So we talk, dance a little
Sometimes it is easy for me and
sometimes it is not
I like to just look at the dancefloor
watch all the people dance by

It is a fascinating, wonderful,
totally alive place
I already know
I will not be ready to leave
when I have to

It´s a wonderful day here today
even the fumes
can´t wipe the smile off my face
What a time this is

My dancing is steadily improving
I have not been nervous since I arrived
only selfconscious

Dancing with him is giving me
tremendous strength as
he requires such passion

I have to work hard to
remain in my own balance

We went to one of the
traditional restuarants and
tried their parilla
The food was wonderful

The asking to dance with the eyes
is challenging the whole
concept so foreign to me as a woman
People tell me I am missing out on opportunities
slowly I am getting the language

The women dresses are short and tight
The shoes are pretty with high heels
I have bought a pair of bright, red ones

Wherever we go we are always noticed
The floor was packed with people
we were soon dancing

a beer and empanadas at 5 am
the staff is cleaning up
putting away the tablecloths
seems so natural

The dance floor is a square in the middle
tables line the square all around
There is just enough room to
squeeze by onto the dancefloor
In one corner a group of people
having a birthday party, complete
with cake, candles and noisemakers

She is a very good dancer
she is also quite a femme
wears only designer clothes
talks french to everybody
whether they understand or not and
draws men to the table like flies
She is lovely and from the heart
and always drinks champagne

I do not mind watching
it gets frustrating not to
dance all the time

take me, he says…..
meaning hold on to me
I am having a bit of fun with the phrase
but I say nothing

I truly love this city
feel so familiar in it
reminds me of Europe
at the same time it is
totally new and different

the most amazing thing of all is
that I may choose not to dance here –
can you believe it
I just don´t like the stuff
that goes with being asked,

the milongueros play games at times and
i, even with my glasses,
do not see well enough to participate in the game
I may just watch,
it is considered bad form to come to the table to ask somebody to dance

the level of dancing is very good
the dances I have had
have been mostly enjoyable

It is hard for me to dance here
everybody seems rather strange
I would rather be there

I grew to love Buenos Aires
I felt appreciated and valued
Dancing the tango is not easy
always overcoming yourself

i hear the music of the Milongas
it is good for the soul,
Lovely connection, sweet time

The flowers are lovely but
my heart feels heavy,
I am quite lost

I listened to Pugliese and
when I could not stand it anymore
I cried and remembered Buenos Aires

It is all very strange
getting up in Buenos Aires
going to bed on a different continent
I will not forget it

desire – are you having a good time
with your lover
you and Buenos Aires
I could not think about it

it is not easy to deny desire
for the sake of another´s future

opportunity to examine my own integrity

i walk and walk
listen to the sound of the waves
look out over the horizon
integrating the experience of
tango and Buenos Aires

I miss the dancing
am spoiled now
knowing the experience
The days were rich and full
The dancing flowed

the last this and the that
crept closer and closer
I miss the traffic and the fumes,
the smoke and everything

There are many things
I have yet to feel
– a total experience

from winter to summer
from fall to spring
I have changed quite a bit
gained in confidence as a woman

It is hard with intense emotions
he is forever part of my heart
quite special
I could spend time with him
so could many others

The dance floor seemed so chaotic
I was glad to rest
against the belly of a milonguero
I made the right choice

I am gaining in strength and balance
my posture has changed
We have become accustomed to each other
in the speed and movement of the dance

She is so totally body concious
makes my walk more feminine
a very wicked, quite sexy heel

times are chaotic and intense
and peaceful and mellow
one is not better
or more desireable than the other

i live each day

I love this neighbourhood
it is alive and exhausts me
I feel at home in the city
cannot find much country in it

from summer to winter,
leaving fall for spring
It is not an easy time
I am absorbing Spanish

It takes a lot of praying
for my intuition
to find the way
with all new impressions

I was very moody
my soul was sad
my friends were wondering
I danced anyways
It was very sweet to feel so cared for

I am starting to express more
I am having quite a fun time
I don´t know how to describe it

it is poetry
it all comes alive again
the music always with me
my heart is heavy at the thought of leaving
I cannot bear it

Your flowers are lovely
My body is getting so used to dancing

street dancing and singing
You would like her
total body language
wonderful and fun

So much here really seems
like a gift from God
I get overwhelmed

we are like mirrors in many ways
many tell me I look Argentinian

men appreciative of women
I have learnt how to smile
It is very fascinating

women are self assured
very possessive of their men
I am getting better at not being so
concerned about things

just keep on dancing, dancing, dancing
I might just be able to really dance one day

I find him full of joy
I wonder what will happen to us

good things
we keep the spirit,
the essence and the intent
Another shift, another leap

I am wondering
what I will be like
it is such a surprise to discover
how I have changed

He dances with such
wonderful passion and energy

People come and go
each one leaves me
a special gift
it is a terrific experience
a new and different way of living

for woman an interesting and
satisfying place to be
Argentinian men not only
concerned with youth

I continue my lessons
go to my favourite milongas
a tanda of chacarera
lovely to watch people dance it
with such joy in their hearts

I am staying in my neighbourhood
simply absorbing it
so glad I arranged this experience
the way I am doing it

She´s such a tanguera
very generous
including everybody in her life

she was quite overwhelmed by emotions
she felt like her soul had come home
it is that kind of place

I am passion and feelings
a young man expressing passion
in the dance

he just says what he feels
I try to do it
getting less self concious

to integrate tango
I have to experience the city
not only the dancing

to live Buenos Aires
to mix with people
walking the streets
going into bars
hearing what people say
feeling the way they feel
go into subways, buses
eat what people eat
In that way you’ll dance properly

That is why my visit has been
the way it has
not the way I thought
before I arrived

I am getting pretty good at
communicating with my eyes
I like this system
can you believe I am saying this

It was an eye opener for me
to realize how much I have learnt
and absorbed

I may not be very good
at this eye language
but at least I know it is there
I can see it

Looking around that night
I saw mostly blank eyes
and thought
this is how I was
not so long ago

I felt just as shocked
as the local milongueros
pretty interesting

You ask about the eyegame
it is the most
fascinating part of being here

All asking, accepting, ignoring,
delaying, refusing to dance
is done through
communicating with the eyes

When I first arrived this was a
pretty overwhelming experience
The whole thing is very complex

I am gradually learning this language
I am actually getting to the point
where I prefer it

I do not find it macho
gives woman more freedom
to dance,
saving face for the man is important

It is somewhat of a surprise
that I should feel this way
I have spent many hours at
the milongas just
watching and observing
I have only scratched the surface
of the code

The food here is another story
The coffee is excellent
dark roast and strong

radicetta is my favourite greens,
The meat is very good and
I understand the taste of Malbec
The full flavour complement the parilla

How can I not love a place
that has strong coffee and flan

When we return home
we meet in the kitchen
where we soak our feet in icewater and
dip soft vanilla wafers in yoghurt

We always have a good time
and laugh and
talk about the dancing
we ask about many things
that otherwise would pass us by

Time is rushing by
I continue my Tanguera life
I enjoy my classes
I have only just begun to explore this place
there is just so much

seeing people from different places
noticing how different they are
I am very glad I made
my first visit here the way I did

I have learned so much
about the etiquette
just absorbing everything
will make a difference to
my dancing

I have been having some
very nice dances lately
we are getting very comfortable
with each other
it is getting more and more
pleasurable to dance

I am gaining in understanding
my dancing is improving
my energy connection
to the earth and above
is getting stronger

I am gradually getting over
the barriers to
getting onto the dance floor
it is making me stronger as a person and
as a woman

she is a total latin woman and
a wonderful tanguera
she looks at tango as
a total body experience

a lot is quite intimidating to me
the constant need to overcome myself

had some very satisfying dancing
I chose the dances I wanted to dance
managed using the eyes and body language

this is such a pleasant, sensual way
to connect and dance
I am so sensitive to the energy flow
every few days my body is full and
I stay home and sleep

I sit under the huge hibiscus tree and
meditate a little

I am becoming more and more fascinated
by the silent language
of the milongas
I get caught observing
and forget to look out
for my own dances

It is interesting to ponder
which way of asking
really give the woman
more choice and freedom

I am continuing to work and study hard
As far as the dancing goes
I am pretty hopeless in analyzing
I just dance

often slow and sensual
sometimes quick, all depending on
the music and the person interpreting it
It is dancing with feeling and energy
not so much technique

I simply close my eyes
feel the flow of energy
from the constant physical touch

the most satisfying way of dancing
such a nice flow of movements
transcends following and leading
just dancing

I have gotten over rejection
I am totally content
to sit and watch

I adore it here and I know
I will be back

It occurred to me that
I had to stop trying to get good enough
to dance with the real good dancers
I am already dancing with the real good dancers

I realized I was dancing
at the same time holding back
not really dancing

I decided that I am good enough
I have regained my confidence
getting less selfconcious
So good for me

When I arrived I thought
I would just dance a lot
so I could become more experienced

I have gone to many Milongas
I have sat and observed a lot
In the beginning everything was
overwhelming

people told me different things
about the etiquette and
language of the Milongas

Some of it I have found
to be true
some of it I have found to be part of
other persons experiences and
not true for me

I wanted to absorb all of tango
the real heart of tango
I let go of all expectations

I am absorbing this unwritten language
I see how people connect, miscommunicate,
become close and/or distant
It is really quite fascinating

Everything is through the eyes and
movement of the body
I have managed to have
several conversations with different men and
have danced that way

I have been successful at showing my
displeasure if I feel I have not
been treated in the way I want

The style of dancing here is
Milonguero style, very close embrace
Some dance salon style

Some Milongueros do not dance with tourists
some dance with all tourists
Different Milongas have
different feel to them
attract different people

when I arrive now I say hello to many people
I have become familiar and
people recognize me
we sit at a table with my host
various people join us

So we talk, dance a little
Sometimes it is easy for me and
sometimes it is not
I like to just look at the dancefloor
watch all the people dance by

It is a fascinating, wonderful,
totally alive place
I already know
I will not be ready to leave
when I have to

It´s a wonderful day here today
even the fumes
can´t wipe the smile off my face
What a time this is

My dancing is steadily improving
I have not been nervous since I arrived
only selfconscious

Dancing with him is giving me
tremendous strength as
he requires such passion

I have to work hard to
remain in my own balance

We went to one of the
traditional restuarants and
tried their parilla
The food was wonderful

The asking to dance with the eyes
is challenging the whole
concept so foreign to me as a woman
People tell me I am missing out on opportunities
slowly I am getting the language

The women dresses are short and tight
The shoes are pretty with high heels
I have bought a pair of bright, red ones

Wherever we go we are always noticed
The floor was packed with people
we were soon dancing

a beer and empanadas at 5 am
the staff is cleaning up
putting away the tablecloths
seems so natural

The dance floor is a square in the middle
tables line the square all around
There is just enough room to
squeeze by onto the dancefloor
In one corner a group of people
having a birthday party, complete
with cake, candles and noisemakers

She is a very good dancer
she is also quite a femme
wears only designer clothes
talks french to everybody
whether they understand or not and
draws men to the table like flies
She is lovely and from the heart
and always drinks champagne

I do not mind watching
it gets frustrating not to
dance all the time

take me, he says…..
meaning hold on to me
I am having a bit of fun with the phrase
but I say nothing

I truly love this city
feel so familiar in it
reminds me of Europe
at the same time it is
totally new and different

the most amazing thing of all is
that I may choose not to dance here –
can you believe it
I just don´t like the stuff
that goes with being asked,

the milongueros play games at times and
i, even with my glasses,
do not see well enough to participate in the game
I may just watch,
it is considered bad form to come to the table to ask somebody to dance

the level of dancing is very good
the dances I have had
have been mostly enjoyable