The Café Retiro begins slowly to fill all its tables. Although paradoxically the traditional beverage in coffee shops in Argentina is not the coffee, its ritual is almost a religion for everyone and citizens try hard to have some time during the dar to enjoy a good coffee while reading the daily news in newspapers or working on their laptops.
- By the way, you will be wondering what the 'submarine' is - says Pató demonstrating her power of mind reading - it is very simple: a glass of warm milk with a bar of dark chocolate on the inside that will be slowly melting.
Only Argentines could turn something so simple in a famous sweet dessert. To accompany our drinks, Pató orders some typical hot sandwiches or 'sandwichitos de miga' with ham and cheese to fool the stomach until dinner. Nothing better for the cloudy windy day that we have today, too cold for Pató, who feels our eyes almost judging her before she explains that complaining is one of the Argentine national sports. We complain about the weather, football or governments; Argentines need to complain for everything, but I must admit that we always have the misfortune to be right when we do it, what makes us more authentic. Authentic and contradictory, since one of the most distinctive features of the Argentines is the deep love that they feel and profess for their country, something they learn very young. When they are 2 years old and almost until they turn 17, Argentine children sing the 'Aurora', the National Anthem.
However, the vision of the great River Plate reminds Pató to talk about Tiger, an hour from the Federal and ideal for a nice day connecting with nature. In this town there are museums to visit, a casino, numerous places to eat and catamaran rides by the Delta. Also a must do activity for our friend is the Fruit Market, a typical walk for weekends to buy handicrafts, furniture, decorative items, etc..
Tower of the English by Zyllan Fotografia on Flickr