Sunday, 12 July 2015

An interesting documentary, :)

My First Tango - a film by Judith Schwyter © 2013

Saturday, 28 September 2013


PUERTO DE MAR DEL PLATA, Provincia de Buenos Aires
MAR DEL PLATA'S PORT, Province of Buenos Aires



The accordion player/singer played a tango for us.

Most of my childhood holidays were spent either in Cordoba and/ or Mar del Plata. I hadn’t been in Mar del Plata for many years, and was longing to go, if even for a short while to visit family and this beautiful city, I specially wanted to see the port. So my sisters and I went for 1 ½ days.  It had been so long that I’d forgotten the beauty of it. That Sunday morning I was in awe when I saw the beautiful fishing boats parked side by side, lightening the grey and blue canvas of the port with beautiful colours, and then to my amaze y see the seals and sea lions, happily sunbathing or playing within the onlookers, tourists and locals, with no concerns from either side, jumping in and out of the waters; two dogs were happily barking at a couple of big sea lions, I guess just for fan, until they got tired. We walk among them with no concern, and it seemed to me that they were even posing for my camera. That’s their place and they know it, it’s always been like that, but to me... it was something new, something beautiful that I was happy to be a part of.
La mayoría de las vacaciones de mi infancia las pase en Córdoba y / o en Mar del Plata. No había vuelto a Mar del Plata por muchos años y estaba deseando ir, aunque fuera por un corto tiempo para visitar a familiares y a esta hermosa ciudad. Especialmente quería ver el puerto. Entonces mis hermanas y yo fuimos por un día y medio. Había pasado tanto tiempo que había olvidado la belleza de esta ciudad turística. Ese domingo por la mañana estaba sobrecogida cuando vi a los lindos barcos de pesqueros anclados uno al lado del otro, iluminando con sus colores el canvas azul y gris del puerto; y de pronto para mi sorpresa vi  las focas y leones marinos, tomando sol o jugando en la rambla entre medio  de los curiosos, turistas y lugareños, sin preocupación alguna, saltando dentro y fuera del  agua. Dos perros ladraban alegremente a un par de lobos bien grandes, creo que sólo para divertirse, hasta que se cansaron. Caminamos entre los lobos marinos y focas  sin preocupación, y hasta me pareció que estaban posando para mi cámara. Ese es su lugar y ellos lo saben, siempre ha sido así, pero para mí fue algo nuevo, algo hermoso que me dio felicidad  poder compartir.

Agosto en Buenos Aires - LO DE CELIA

Lo de Celia

A beautiful evening of tango and pizza with friends/tangueros from the States that styed at my apartment, Susana and Ron; Jorge Uzunian and Janis ( Thank you all!
That's  the best pizza in the neighbourhood!

Una hermosa noche de tango y pizza con amigos/turistas que pararon en mi departamento, Susana y Ron, Americanos; y Jorge Uzunian  y Janis ( Muchas gracias a todos! fue una noche especial! La major pizza del barrio!

It was such a pleasure to meet to meet Susana and Ron, and Jorge and Janis; Susana and Ron run a milonga in the University of Illinois and they visit Buenos Aires quite a bit, I hope to have them again at my apartment in the future, they loved it. Janis is a really nice lady, living in Buenos Aires
a great connexion for the all tangueros coming to Buenos Aires, she has all the information anyone needs.  Hope to share with her another tango evening sometime soon.

Great dancing at "Lo de Celia"!

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Welcome to my apartment in Buenos Aires!

Mi Buenos Aires Querido!

¡Hola!  My name is Martha Fernandez Avello.  I am a Porteña living and working in Toronto, Canada.

A Porteño or Porteña is the name given to someone who was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Buenos Aires is the world's capital for Argentine Tango.  All Porteños have the Tango's beautiful, lyrical music and warm, seductive rhythms in their hearts.  We can't help it, we have heard the music everywhere in Buenos Aires since birth. It is a huge part of the culture of my city.  You can see and feel the Tango in the way we walk, in the way we talk, in the way we embrace our loved ones, in the way we live life...

I love the Tango and I dance it all the time whether I am in Buenos Aires or Toronto, or travelling to other places around the world.  Tango had humble beginnings in the working class and in the immigrant populations of Buenos Aires, over a hundred years ago.  The Porteños poured their passion into the dance, and it became the dance of the city.  It is wonderful for me to see in Toronto and in other places I have traveled how my culture - through the captivating and irresistible Tango - have touched so many people of different backgrounds and nationalities all over the world. Now, there are amazing Tango dancers everywhere around the globe.

However, there is one place that every Tango dancer must visit at least once in their lifetime - Buenos Aires!  I hope that all of you lovers of Tango can make the pilgrimage some day to experience for yourself the birthplace of the Tango.  Buenos Aires is truly a Tango heaven - breathtaking Tango performances on the grandest stages in the city, expert Tango instruction in classes and workshops from the best teachers in the world, and lively milongas every night for your dancing pleasure.

I have a little Tango apartment for rent right in the heart of Buenos Aire's downtown - in the ancient barrio of San Cristobal.  It's a quaint little part of the city, where the hustle and bustle of modern life meets history at the intersection of Independencia and Entre Rios - only 800 meters from the famous legislative buildings of "El Congreso", and 3.2 kilometers from magnificent "El Obelisco".  But most importantly, it is within short walking distance of many of the best known milongas in the south of the city - the famed Centro Region Leonesa, where Nino Bien and Los Consagrados are held, Lo de Celia, Porteño y Bailarin, El Beso...the list goes on.
 It's the perfect location for Tango dancers and for any guest who wants to explore the city.  My one bedroom apartment is newly renovated, spacious and completely furnished with a pretty patio. In the large bedroom the bed can be adapted to suit the guests' requirements - either twin beds or one luxurious king size bed. There is also a pull out single chair, and the sofa in the living room (this is not a sofa bed) we also have and inflatable mattress.  Let me take you on a tour!

                                    A luxurious king size bed or separate into to twin beds as below

The  bedroom overlooking the residential street.  My apartment is quiet when you want to take a rest from all that dancing, but yet close to everything you need.

 A large double custom made closet

The living/dining room - I have all the modern appliances you need, as well as Cable TV and Internet connection so you can stay in touch with family and friends back home

The smooth parquet wood floor is perfect - for practicing your newly learned tango steps!

More views of the living/dining room - with artwork by local artists

Your own private bathroom with shower

Hallway with entrance to the lush green patio

My apartment comes with its own washer and dryer for your laundry convenience

View from the balcony

The landmark Carlos Gardel café on Entre Rios is just at the corner

My apartment is completely renovated and furnished - a safe, economical and comfortable choice for short term or long term travelers who want to stay in downtown Buenos Aires close to all the action.  The location is close to the milongas, and also to public transportation (buses and subway).  For food, there are take-out places, bakeries, ice cream parlours, cafés, pizzerias, and restaurants with delicious Argentinian asado just steps away - or you can shop at the local fresh food market or at the many supermarkets nearby for ingredients to cook your own nutritious meals.

My sister lives in an apartment on the same floor, and I am always available by email or by telephone in case you need anything - even advice on which milongas to go to!

I hope you enjoyed this tour of my apartment in Buenos Aires.  For more information on rental rates, availability, or if you have any other questions about my apartment, please feel free to contact me at marthaspartment(at)

Hope to see you soon in Buenos Aires!

Un abrazo fuerte,