Some like it hot

It’s summer in Buenos Aires.  The afternoon brings the highest temperatures of the day between 1:00 and 4:00, but relief usually comes at night.  I live without air-conditioning at home, and I appreciate dancing in air-conditioned comfort at Lo de Celia.

There are still a few milonga venues without air-conditioning, only fans — Confiteria Ideal and Nuevo Salon La Argentina.

confiteria-ideal

El Arranque in Nuevo Salon La Argentina

There is no way to avoid feeling warmer when two bodies are moving together.

Obelisco Tango

The air-conditioning wasn’t working on Friday, January 8, in Obelisco Tango, so dancers went elsewhere.  A friend and I arrived at 1:00am, surprised there were so few dancers and were not charged admission.  There was no water in the bathrooms.  The air-conditioning started working again, so we stayed until the end.

JL en La Nacional

The central air-conditioning system in La Nacional wasn’t functioning, so the organizers of El Maipu temporarily moved their milonga on January 18 to Obelisco Tango.

I heard yesterday that the air-conditioning wasn’t working last Friday night in Plaza Bohemia.

There is a great demand for electricity in the summer, so you may find yourself at a milonga without air-conditioning.  Be prepared with a fan and handkerchief.

2 Responses to “Some like it hot”

  1. embrujamiento Says:

    How about the usual summer power outages and Lo de Celia? It seems to be a very random problem in BA. Perhaps they are lucky there. Or do they have a backup generator?

  2. jantango Says:

    There are five units in Lo de Celia that keep the salon cool and comfortable. It’s unusual that three venues had malfunctions with air-conditioning within two weeks during the hottest month of summer.

    The bigger problem in when an entire block or area of the city is without power for hours or days. There is nothing to do except wait for power to be restored. None of the milongas have backup generators.

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