Buenos Aires is a great city for retirement


Buenos Aires is a city of culture and the arts.  There are concerts, theater, cinema, museums, art exhibitions, etc. on a daily basis, and most of them are free of charge.  We planned to attend a free concert on Saturday by the permanent orchestra of Teatro Colon at La Usina del Arte until we heard about the dress rehearsal of Swan Lake that was open to the public.  We chose Swan Lake at Teatro Colon.


I was in charge of going early in the morning to Teatro Colon and standing in line for two tickets at 10:00.  Romaine told me to be there by 8:00, and I arrived a bit later to see the line was almost a block long at 8:20.  One has time in retirement to do this, especially when it’s for something as special as the ballet Swan Lake at Teatro Colon.  All performances this week are sold out and extra ones were added to accommodate the demand.  This is the only ballet offered this season at popular prices starting at 25 pesos.  I’ve already decided to go at 7:00 am for tickets to the next dress rehearsal.  The early birds get tickets on the main floor and lower balconies.  We had tickets for the fourth balcony (Tertulia), and we were excited about the opportunity to see this fantastic production.  Ines was behind me in line and had tickets for the same section with Marilyn.

DSCN7098 The Filarmonia Orquesta de Buenos Aires masterfully performed the exquisite score of  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the Russian composer of Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker ballets.

The music gave me goose bumps, especially the oboe solo danced by the principal ballerina Karina Olmedo.  Here she is taking her bow on stage.


It was an unforgettable performance for all.  I am happy being retired in Buenos Aires where the free cultural agenda is outstanding.



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