I’m keeping myself company everyday this week and being quiet. It occurred to me the other day that I hadn’t gone to see a movie or even had a meal by myself at a restaurant since I got here. So this week, I’m slowing things down to be with just me, myself, and I.
Today I finally went to see Los Descendientes (The Descendents), a George Clooney movie I’m sure the whole world has already seen. At 27 pesos (~$6) it wasn’t as cheap as what I used to pay in Mexico but certainly half of what it would cost in New York. I thought it was interesting that there were seating assignments; well, at least sections. They do that in Asia but I’d never come across it in other Latin American countries. In Japan I used to get a specific seat or you could get a standing room tickets… But last year in Singapore, my brother and I mistakenly chose to sit in the back of the movie theater which turned out to be designated for couples; the two-person chairs were like loveseats, i.e. they didn’t have an arm rest in the middle. Anyway, the woman at the ticket counter gave me a choice of filas (fila 9 o fila 15, she said), which I had to ask her to explain because I didn’t know where she was going with it. The rows didn’t seem that different to me but she said either in the middle or the back. I chose to sit in the center (didn’t want to sit next to lovebirds again, just in case) but the theater wasn’t very full so I sat where I wanted. As for the movie, I thought it was good and George Clooney was great. There was a trailer for a movie with Jorge Drexler that I thought could be interesting. I think it was called La Suerte en Tus Manos. I know him and love him as a singer, but didn’t know he acted. Making a note for myself now to see when this movie opens…
After the movie I went to eat lunch by myself. I was thinking Indian but it was a bit too late for the restaurant to be still serving lunch, so I went to my go-to backup, Natural Deli, for a salad (lots of red lentils, spinach, almonds, black olives, ñum, ñum). The weather was really too nice for me to return home, so I headed to my next favorite spot- the most beautiful bookstore in the world, El Ateneo. I scored a comfy chair on the first floor on the balcony overlooking the aisles and aisles of books below. With soothing jazz music playing in the background, I sat and read for a little while.
I passed by Freddo, Volta, Persicco, and God knows how many other ice cream shops I saw this afternoon, but I resisted the temptation. Not even to pick up a 5 peso minicucu of dulce de leche at Freddo or the 12 pesos for 1/4 kg at Volta (see how I memorized the prices? yikes!) I’m saving it all for either Ducco or Tufic this week.
I wanted to loop over and take Libertador home so I skipped past the ice cream shops at every corner, walked over towards the Recoleta Cemetery and popped into the Recoleta Design Center for a quick peek. Somehow I found myself in the back of the Centro Cultural Recoleta and got to see some cool murals that looked like graffiti art I’d seen on the graffiti tour from a few weeks ago.
When I left the house earlier today the forecast said 50%-60% chance of rain, but the day was turning out to be a good one. I happily continued on to Libertador and crossed the pink pedestrian bridge that overlooks the Facutad de Derecho and the giant metal flower, Floralis Genérica.
The sunset today was around 19:30 and I stayed until close to 20:00 without seeing the petals move. The red light in the center of the flower did turn on before I left though. As I was walking around the flower, I overheard someone say that the petals close slowly; I don’t know why I thought they’d just snap shut. I did take a few photos as the sun was setting… and the half moon was rising.
A nice quiet Wednesday by myself, for myself.
El Ateneo: Avenida Santa Fe 1860, Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires