Once

23 Dec

Today we had spanish class at our teacher’s apartment in Once, or Jew City.  On walking to class, you can spot Judos everywhere.  It’s like we never left Boro Park, at the hustly and bustle Canal Street vibe is there to remind you that Jews seem to live the same everywhere.

It was one of the busier parts of town and Danny labeled it as the merchant center.  Discount shops and eateries lined either side of Corrientes, the main avenue that cuts through Once, and the sidewalks were so crowded we basically had to walk single file.

Not our first time in Once however.  We were actually in the area the week before compliments to two Israeli sisters we met in the hostel earlier.  They were on a spontaneous trip to BA for some shopping (one was a stewardess so I suppose she gets cheaper flights).  However, sure to perpetuate the Jewish stereotype, our friends continually held themselves back to save the tiniest peso, and couldn’t justify a muffin with their coffee even though they were on a 4 day trip to go shopping.

Still, the four of us enjoyed a nice kosher steak complete with a bottle of red.  After dinner, we cabbed it to Plaza Seranno where I proceeded to get wasted with a another bottle of wine to the horror of our new friends.

at the restaurant

at the restaurant

not just kosher, SUPER kosher

not just kosher, SUPER kosher

almost got in trouble for snapping this one. dunno if it's a secutiy threat to take pictures or a respect issue...

almost got in trouble for snapping this one. dunno if it's a secutiy threat to take pictures or a respect issue...

We spotted a few synagogues but overall, the area is not the coolest part of Buenos Aires.  Although incredibly close to the center, it reminded me a lot of Brooklyn.

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One Response to “Once”

  1. Eugene December 26, 2008 at 1:43 pm #

    They don’t like people taking pictures of the synagogue because Buenos Aires has a history of terrorism against Jewish/Israeli sites.

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