Buenos Aires, I imagined, was a city where the dancing never stopped, even in a crisis (in which Argentina always seemed to find itself). I fantasized about dancing tango in the arms of a sexy Latin lover at the end of the world with nothing to think about but my next tango step.
I chose safer places to visit, and Argentina stayed on my bucket list.
One fine day, I ran out of excuses. I owned a small finca in Alhaurín el Grande near Malaga, Spain and it needed painting. My good friend Brian said to me, ‘You buy the beers amigo, and I will help you paint your casita (house), and we can have some fun doing it.’ It was an offer too good to turn down as I knew Brian was a genius with a paintbrush.
We had the best of times painting and bonding, drinking lots of beer and talking nonsense about life. On the second or third day, Brian threw a question at me:
‘What do you think about doing that you have never done before?’
‘Umm,’ I replied, ‘let me think about that one. Pass me another beer.’
It didn’t take me long to say that I always had a desire to visit South America and in particular, Argentina. Little did I know that answering Brian’s question would change my life forever.
Brian listened to my tales of why I wanted to go to Argentina, and then he knocked me over with a feather! He proceeded to tell me that he had just completed a documentary on the Argentinian footballer, Ossie Ardiles. Brian told me that Ossie had told him that if you want to see what real passion is, you need to see a football match in Argentina. Win or lose, hate it or love it, Ossie said, the passion in Argentinian football is the best and the most locoin the world.
Amazingly, about eight weeks after our painting break, we were on a plane bound for Argentina. The plan was to stay for around 6-7 days in Buenos Aires.
18 years later…I am still in Argentina.
BRILLIANT TIMES IN BUENOS AIRES
© DAVID CUMMINGS 2021
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