Clemente Héctor Aquino

November 17, 2015

April 10, 1945 — November 17, 2015

Tito Aquino

I had the pleasure of dancing over the last five years with Tito in Lo de Celia.  The last time we danced was on September 20.  I shall miss him, his smile, and his embrace.   We all shall miss him in Lo de Celia.

Carlos Fanel, Tito Aquino and Jantango in the studio of Mundo Sur FM



Oscar Berois

November 13, 2015

November 13, 1934 —

Oscar Berois

I called him at home to say happy birthday.  He and Cristina haven’t danced for the past several months, but they’ll be back soon to Lo de Celia on Friday night. As always, he asked me about Alito whom he has known since he was a teenager.

Evangelista Felipe Menna

November 13, 2015

November 13, 1928 —

Helen Ahn and Lito

Lito dances every day of the week.

Alberto Delcueto

November 13, 2015

November 13, 1939 —


The most expensive milonga in Buenos Aires isn’t really a milonga

November 11, 2015

I was browsing the most complete and current source of milonga information for Buenos Aires — — and discovered a new one that opened in September and that charges 100 pesos and lasts only 90 minutes!  You have to buy tickets in advance for it.  There is a one hour class before the milonga.  I doubt that La Milonga de Niceto stays in business for very long.  You will not find any milongueros there, so it’s not really a milonga.

Francisco Gysel

November 11, 2015

September 26, 1940 —


Francisco got himself to the hospital when he wasn’t feeling well and was fortunate to avoid a stroke.  He sees the doctor every Tuesday without fail.

Ermelinda Elvira Riadigos

November 9, 2015

October 10, 1938 —


Elvira once owned an apartment directly across the street from mine in Balvanera before she moved to Palermo, and occasionally the postman delivered her mail to my building.  I visited her in Palermo to give her a CD of the recording I made of her and Carlos Alberto Bustos in Club Bailable Juvenil.  They danced at Plaza Bohemia on Friday night, so I filmed them during the Pugliese tanda.

Nelida Fernando

November 9, 2015

October 12, 1935 —

Nelida Fernando

Friday night at Plaza Bohemia was full of nice surprises for me.  People I hadn’t seen in a long time were there.  As I was about to leave, I spotted Nely.  She told me about all the traveling she is doing at 80, and had a teaching tour this year to the USA and Japan.  There are lots of videos of her with Pocho on YouTube, and she even has a Facebook page.  Nely and Pocho met as teenagers, had lives with other spouses, and finally married in 2009.

Ariel Romero

November 9, 2015

August 1, 1934 —


Ariel doesn’t speak English, but his first words were always how are you? at a milonga.  He and his partner live in Mar del Plata and were in Plaza Bohemia on Friday night.  I took the opportunity of taking this photo after the tanda.

Buenos Aires is a great city for retirement

November 6, 2015

The Ecological Reserve is an unusual and unexpected result of highway construction throughout Buenos Aires during the mid-20th century. Construction debris and the rubble of demolished buildings were dumped into the Río de la Plata. Over time, sand and sediment began to build up, and then grass and trees began to grow. The birds followed, and now the area is a preserve.

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The 360-hectare ecological reserve, created on top of the refuse of a former dump site is an expansive green area, serving as a refuge for quiet walks, jogging, bike riding and enjoying some Buenos Aires’ fresh air.

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