We went to the Evita museum .... Robert tried to get a local fare on the ticket, but this guy right away told him that he could tell he was a tourist and needed to pay tourist fare. He commented on his Spanish again and said.... you do speak good Spanish. LOL
The museum had a collection of Evitas beautiful dresses. The museum displayed many stages of Evita's life...how she grew from a small town to become an actress then to the wife of the president of Argentina. Carmen was most impressed with her accomplishments while being the president's wife. She took her role as a leader and caretaker of the population/la gente very serious and made many great gains for women and the poor. She set up many educational programs, nursing program and was recognized by the nation. Her death was morned by the entire country, millions of Argentinians. Her young death was due to having cervical cancer. The saddest part of the history is a little known fact.... that during her treatment her husband had the doctors administer a labotomy.....where they drilled into her brain to relieve her moods and keep her calm. Her body is buried in her parents family plot at Recoleta Cemetery. We were lucky to visit her gravesite without many other turists on site. We walked the major areas of the cemetery calmly and found her simple gravesite. Carmen was confused as to why she was not with her husband..... we expected to see his grand tombstone next to her. Her one living sister has denied access to moving Evita's body from the family plot.
Japanese Gardens and MALBA Museum
It was a very long walk from our Hotel to get to the Japanese garden, we have visited many Japanese Gardens in our travels. These gardens were donated by Japanese Institutions as a symbol of friendship to heal the wounds of war. We have never had to either stand in line nor pay a fee to enter a Japanese garden before. This time the line was about a 20 minute wait.... Carmen bought popcorn from a vendor while waiting. There was a minimal fee to enter. It was very well kept, clean and with many attractions not seen at other gardens. There were many families having picnic lunches around the grounds. It was a very large garden, with a very large pond for Koi fish. There was a learning center for the children with art work hanging, Kiosk that sold ice-cream and mate. This was one of the busiest Japanese gardens we have been to.