Lots to smile about

If you could see me right now in front of the computer writing this post, you would see me smiling.  Every morning while I walk around the plaza, I’m smiling.  People can see me smiling because I don’t cover my face.  I prefer to inhale oxygen that I need to stay alive.

I attended an oboe and piano recital at Teatro Colon on Thursday. I didn’t cover my face and no one insisted that I do so.  I saw there were many members of the audience without a mask as well.  I enjoyed seeing the face of Stefania from Colombia who shared the third tier box with me.  She also studied oboe, so we connected.

I enjoy watching the videos that Jonatan Rojas posts on Facebook during his milongas in Lo de Celia Tango Club.  While watching a recent video, I finally noticed that no one on the dance floor had their faces covered.

Then Saturday evening I attended a concert in Recoleta.  I entered smiling as usual and saw others didn’t have their faces covered, including the musicians of the Camarata de la Ciudad. That’s a personal decision now.  People who don’t wear masks smile more.

It’s nice breathing naturally whether dancing tango or listening to a live concert.  The shift is happening in the city of Buenos Aires.  The mask mandate is no more.  We are free to make our own choice after two years.  I feel sorry for those who are so accustomed to wearing a mask outdoors that it may take time for them to break the habit that served no purpose.


3 Responses to “Lots to smile about”

  1. jantango Says:

    This morning during my walk around the plaza, I said “buen dia” to a woman I’ve seen many times, but today was the first time I knew her face because she wasn’t wearing a mask! What a nice smile she gave me.

  2. Colin Brace Says:

    I was chatting last night with a tango friend who really spent a month in Buenos Aires. If I’m not mistaken, she said people were wearing masks while dancing (!). I was stunned. Keep thinking that I must have misunderstood her, that that couldn’t be true.

  3. jantango Says:

    It depends on when she was in Buenos Aires. The mask mandate was lifted on April 1st, so it’s optional if one wants to wear a mask while dancing.

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