There are loads of tango shows all over the city - some include dinner and are huge whilst others offer a more intimate experience. They are too numerous to list here (and half the fun is discovering one for yourself) but any guide book will list hours and prices of the more popular places.
If you're feeling confident you can take a class at one of the dance halls (milongas) - details of which can be found in one of the specialist magazines on sale at kiosks or click on
Which has pretty comprehensive listings
If you want to see the direction tango is progressing I'd recommend buying the 'Bajofondo Tango Club' CD on sale at all music shops. It's a bit like the Gotan Project, but better. A mix of beats, electronica, passionate voices and old style instruments.
No shaking hands here: kissing!
So, you come here and you meet a local. "Hi, how are you, nice to meet you", and you give each other a KISS. Even if you are a guy, you will (most of the times) kiss the other guy. And one more thing I have noticed tourists sometimes do: it's rather rude here not to kiss a person when you meet them or even if you have already met them before.
And say you arrive to a place, and unless there are more than 8 people (in which case it's so tiring to kiss so many) then you have to greet everyone with a kiss. It happened to me a few times that I met up with tourists I already knew that they said HI! but did not give me a kiss. I understand this is not YOUR costum, but when in Rome... So, when in Buenos Aires, do as the porteños! :)
The only ocassions when we shake hands is in business meetings, job interviews (I've been kissed many times also) or sometimes when you go to the doctor.
I always forget to bring meds with me. I have been very very sick the first two times down here and have had trouble finding the meds I want, even with a local who is fluent in both Spanish and English to help me.
Take a trip down to Costa del...
Take a trip down to Costa del este. It's about 3 hours south, but my hombres and I had a great time riding horses, playing on the beaches and clubbing 'til sunrise. Excellent area where there are NO North American tourists....
On Sunday afternoon, at Recoleta district, there is a bustling, colourful, vibrant open market.
Los domingos pr la tarde, en el barrio de Recoleta, hay un mercado abierto bullicioso, colorido, vibrante. All kind of handicrafts: wood, wool, leather, stones, paper, cardboard, cane... everything is useful for a creative artisan.
Todo tipo de artesanías: madera, lana, cuero, piedras, papel, cartón, caña... todo es útil para un artesano creativo.