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Published: September 10th 2009
This Sunday I decided to go to La Plata, the capital of the province of Buenos Aires to visit my friend Santiago, who was the one that taught me the basics in Argentine Spanish about 3 years ago. La Plata is 45 minutes away from Capital Federal- the city of Buenos Aires and has a somewhat different feel from the megacity (Capital Federal). The people there seem nicer and less hurried, and many young people from the province of Buenos Aires and other places go to La Plata to study. (there are several universities and colleges in La Plata)
I first returned to La Plata cathedral whose simple grandeur I like. It is a largest Gothic style cathedral built in Argentina in the 20th century. Because it was Sunday, the city was somewhat quiet. All the stores closed on Sunday. So Santiago and I went to Plaza Italia there to see the Sunday market and the crowds who have gone out to relax in the square.
The Argentine life-style is well-illustrated by the plaza life on Sunday. We first stopped to see a group of young 'La Plateños' practice/ perform the Brazilian marshal art 'capoeira' on the square with
an audience circling them. Then we walked around the Sunday traditional market, going from tent from tent to see the artisan crafts and merchandise, and then we sat around the grass and enjoyed being the company of "La Plateños", some drinking mate, some smoking, some simply enjoying the fresh air and the sunshine.
It was a good relaxing Sunday in La Plata.
Until next time.
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