Perusing the wires last night when I came across this story. A Japanese couple won a major competition at the Tango Dance World Championship in Buenos Aires. That’s not unlike Argentina building the best-selling car in Japan (if only Argentina built cars).
But what I liked best about the story was that it gave me the opportunity to sneak back to Buenos Aires. March, 2007. The Dearly Beloved and I had a great time in a wonderful city, and it included a night at the Carlos Gardel Tango Show.
The DB had made the plans (as usual), and I just went along (as usual). And sitting at a table on the balcony with a bottle of Malbec, I was totally taken with the grace and athleticism of the dancers who filled up the stage.
That’s why I call travel the gift that keeps on giving. You absorb an atmosphere, an environment, a culture, a moment, and when you least expect it, you can dial it up and take yourself away again, if only for a moment or two.
And when it was over, I went back to writing the Eddie Perez story. (Sigh.)