Argentina Day 22: Templo Libertad synagogue and El Ateneo bookstore
Up at 9-ish, sleeping in today! It is so nice here in our own apartment in Buenos Aires. We really planned the trip well, moving from crazy experience (Inca Trail) to reasonably crazy experience (Amazon) to actually relaxing and having our own non-hostel experience (Buenos Aires) :) We started with some brekkie here, some bread and excellent Kiwi and Mango and coffee. Also some good/weird cheese.
|Breakfast at the apartment|
|Some random "Patagonia" burger thing at Burger King|
|Awesome mall in downtown Buenos Aires|
|Lunchtime: a steak only restaurant|
|"Los Vengadores" Ice Cream Sundaes!!!|
|Steak for lunch, awesome Chimichurri sauce|
|Jess and some filled pumpkin business|
We headed to Teatro Colon and got tickets for the Edipo (Oedipus) Opera!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was so psyched, I really wanted to go while visiting Buenos Aires. This is awesome. It was only 152 Pesos (approx $32 USD) for pretty good seats!! The guy at the ticket desk said something about "Fumare?" and I said, "Oh, no Fumare!" (assuming he meant "Smoking" or "Non-Smoking"?) haha. He laughed and said "No, a Smoking Jacket!" He meant there is a dress code for the opera of at least a Smoking Jacket. Hilarious!! From there we walked around the plaza a bit and it was beautiful.
|Time for a juice box!|
|Interesting building across from Teatro Colon|
|Turns out it was a coffee shop!|
Then we arrived at the Templo Libertad synagogue. I was really excited to go check it out and walk inside for the tour. We started off in the Museo Judia, where the nice lady showed us to a waiting area where a sad minor-key video was playing about the hardships of immigration from Europe to Argentina for the Jewish people. Ooph. It was a bit rough to see the way the immigrant Jews were taken advantage of by some locals. But there were a few cases of noble acts amidst the hardship. As is often the case in life. :)
|Templo Libertad, downtown Buenos Aires synagogue|
|Front door of Templo Libertad|
There was a "Jude" yellow star donated by a Holocaust survivor. It felt like this was the first time I had ever seen one, and it was haunting. I suppose I must have seen one at the New York Holocaust Museum, but it was very affecting and surprising to see one in Argentina for some reason. It seemed so far away from it's original wearer's home in Europe... all the way down here in South America. Inside the museum there were also some Sephardic Torahs! I don't think I've ever seen one of those either!! It was a very unusual shape. The lady was very nice, telling us lots of info.
|Inside the main sancturary of Templo Libertad|
|Top of Aron Kodesh and Shema imprint on the ceiling|
|Cool non-Menorah candle holder light :)|
|Smaller Aron Kodesh downstairs at the Shul|
After that awesome time of cultural exchange we headed to the El Ateneo bookstore... but first, Ice Cream! My friend from BA had told me Volta was one of the best ones... and oh man... it sure was. I got Maracuya y Naranha creamy ice cream, and Sweet Cookies ice cream. Epic!! It was amazingly good, literally the best Ice Cream I've ever had. They served it in this cool waffle cone bowl with some tasty toppings. It was amazing.
|Volta Ice Cream|
|The best gelato I've ever had|
El Ateneo was very interesting, it was an old theatre, converted into a book store. A really fascinating layout and an awesome place to hang out.
|El Ateneo Bookstore, built within an old theatre!|
|Balconies you can sit in and read|
|Awesome vibe in here!|
|Cool suit we saw on the way back to the apartment|
Back to the apartment, and we started some much-needed laundry. Also time for snacks and journal. Maybe plans to go to the bar tonight? Instead, we started trying out the famous Buenos Aires beverage, Fernet and Coke Zero. My general feeling was: "I love it, I hate it! I can't judge this drink, noooo!" Very weird, unusual, and funny. It starts off gross, then better, then weird, then good... crazy. For dinner, we made some tasty pasta, gnocchi and pesto, then some wine. After all of this and a long day of walking, we decided to stay in. Hopefully we'll plan a nightlife evening for one of the nights soon. This city rocks.