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June 02, 2005

Recoleta Cemetary

A friend and I went on an epic hike today from Retiro to Recoleta to Palermo Chico and almost all the way to Palermo Viejo. I say almost because around 4:30 our legs gave out and we grabbed a cab home. And today was not a pleasantly cool Argentine winter day, either, it was brutally hot and humid. The weather has been coming from Brazil in the North rather than from Antartica as usual. Things should be back to normal by next week.

Aside from the Recoleta cemetery and the MALBA art museum, I didn't see too much worth reporting on, so I won't. It's late, so I'll just slap some pictures up of the cemetery (now that I've figured out how) and get into bed and let my digestive system work.

(Click on the extended entry for more photos...)

This one was quite interesting. Buenos Aires has long had a large Jewish population, but I assume there must be a Jewish cemetery located somewhere else. But this grave had both a cross and a menorah.

Evita is buried somewhere in here. We never found her nor went looking for her.

Google is a wonderful thing. Who is this guy and why is he in his bathrobe? Turns out Luis Angel Firpo is Argenetina's most famous boxer.

How's that for a dramatic shot? Beauty, eh?

It's a big cemetery, but I read somewhere that the city government estimates some 350,000 people are buried here. That seems almost impossibly large, but if you look into some of the crypts, you can see staircases that go underground...

Posted by Bruce Gottfred at June 2, 2005 11:03 PM | TrackBack

One of the most moving crypts is for a young girl who was accidentally buried alive in 1902. Some cemetary workers later heard noises coming from the crypt but by the time they got her out she had died, leaving only scratch marks inside the coffin.

Posted by: Andrew at June 3, 2005 07:45 AM

Looks like Buffy's kind of place...Don't tell me you weren't dealing with withdrawal by a little dose of crypt...

Posted by: Michelle at June 3, 2005 08:45 PM

What a way to celebrate your 40th.

Congratulations, Bruce!

Enjoy reading your "blogs".

Posted by: Leslie Anderson at June 4, 2005 11:47 AM

Happy birthday Bruce! Looks like you are having a great time.
Great pictures. No more meat for you after this for a
long time.

Posted by: Robert at June 6, 2005 09:02 AM
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