Instead of the usual ten block walk from my apartment, I walk 9-1/2 blocks to Obelisco Tango. I’ve attended milongas there on various days of the week over its three-year history, but never regularly. I made an abrupt change in my milonga routine last Sunday where I received a warm welcome from Dorita and Lola. I shared a table with Lily and enjoyed her company. Pier Aldo provided excellent tandas. Mario showed up later after dancing a few hours nearby and invited me for the Gobbi tanda.
I returned on Monday for El Maipu organized by Lucy Alberto and Dany Rodriguez. I sent them an email that I would be there at 19 hs. I joined Ilina at her table. She radiates positive energy and smiles all the time. Ilina and I have two things in common — dancing tango and resale shopping.
I hoped I’d see Ismael Heljalil, and he was there. He said he was down with flu for six weeks and still had a cough that wouldn’t quit. But there he was, dancing tanda after tanda. Someone takes care of uploading photos to his Facebook.
I made a point of stopping at Beto Ayala’s table. He is still working and attends El Maipu on Monday. Several years ago I joined Beto and his wife Teresa every Saturday at a milonga.
I discovered this victrola on display, and I’ll bet the DJ is overjoyed with the technology available today for music.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw Aura Teotassonian arrive at El Maipu. I haven’t seen her in years and have wonderful memories of parties at her home when she partnered Lolo. She loves Canaro because that was Lolo’s favorite orchestra. I managed to get a shot of camera-shy Aura before she went home. Whenever I pass an Arredo store in the city, it reminds me of Aura because it’s her family business. She’s such a lovely person, and it made me so happy to see her again.
This interesting piece of artwork hangs over the bar, and the walls display many others at Obelisco Tango.
I enjoyed another night of great music and dancing in my new milonga home.