Tonight we bring to you an incongruous mix of art and engineering from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
First the art: When in Argentina, do as the Argentines do. In this case, We Tango. That’s right, we took our very first tango lesson! Fun and the first 8-count pattern was surprisingly easy to learn. Our awesome Seattle dance teacher, Lynn will be just shocked that I was reprimanded for not following; shocked, I say. I did in fact “push, pull and put” my husband into place a time or two. And I know, I know…I cheated on my swivel step. BUT it was our first lesson and we had a blast! We might – big might – go again. If you ever have the chance, a tango lesson is a great way to spend a Buenos Aires afternoon.
Here is the video evidence.
Second the engineering: Puente de la Mujer (Anner’s translation: cool walking bridge; actual translation: Women’s Bridge) is a rotating footbridge with a “cantilever spar cable-stayed / swing bridge” (thank you wikipedia). Mostly it was just really cool looking. We checked it out from all angles and then took a little walk across. Unfortunately it’s hard to photograph – but take it from us, it was worth the visit. In front of the bridge, there’s a column in the middle of the water and I couldn’t figure out what it was, but now I know that the bridge can do a swivel step of it’s own and move – presumably to let boat traffic through. Ahhh those clever engineers!
Apparently the bridge also lights up gorgeously at night. Perhaps we’ll get to see that on another visit to BA!
That’s a fine piece of engineering and you know how I love a good bridge.
Oh yes indeedy, we know!
The bridge can tango!
It’s got a heck of a smooth swivel step, that’s for sure! 🙂