falling asleep while reading the old man and the sea brings very strange dreams.
okay. the city.
firstly, there is a city-ness in big cities, that i think is probably the same no matter where you go. buenos aires. chicago. new york. philadelphia. grand rapids. there are streets and shops and apartments and cafes and kiosks selling magazines and porn and candy. so in this regard, buenos aires is familiar.
the streets all go one way, and most of the cars spew exhaust , enough to make me light headed if the wind isn't blowing. "we'd be more polluted than l.a. if we where in a valley." i'm told, but because the city is flat, and next to the ocean, the air is reasonably clear.
the walls of every building, every monument, are covered with political graffiti. from rhymes about the president's pants to economic policy to questions that otherwise wouldn't be asked. (where is diego?) i ask what they mean, and i'm told that people are still occasionally disappeared here. i feel guilty, because there's more anti-bush graffiti in this country thousands of miles away than in the u.s.
there are purple flowering trees everywhere here, that are utterly gorgeous, and no one knows what they're called.
the buildings are ancient and beautiful. people casually live and graffiti in works of art. it's special, to live somewhere that is literally history. it kills me to not have a camera, but it's probably a good thing, because otherwise when i got back my friends would be treated to rolls and rolls of architecture shots.
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