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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Favorite Souvenir

This soda siphon is my favorite memento from our time in Buenos Aires. It says La Primitiva Soda, Industria Argentina. We bought it at the Sunday antiques market at Plaza Dorrego in the neighborhood of San Telmo. Early in our trip we sat in this square and watched tango dancers as we drank Fernet and Cokes at an al fresco cafe.

The Sunday morning market stretched beyond the square to surrounding blocks that were closed to traffic. All sorts of elegant old housewares were for sale as well as gaucho knives, photos of old buildings and local crafts aimed at tourists. There were street performers, notably an octet with an upright piano and three accordionists, stilt walkers on cobblestones and a one-woman band playing plastic cups.

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