second stay in the city is laid back. my room rental is fantastic. Giselle set me up with a friend and neighbor of Marina´s. I´d met Alberto at a dinner party we had one of my first weekends here and i saw his place when mike was shopping around. so i knew what i was getting as my bus arrived in town. as best as i can tell Alberto is a gallery owner and hobby painter. Rita es el gato negro. she´s extremely social, when i turn around she finds her way into my room to nap on my clean laundry. maybe that´s why she was named for a famous prostitute in Rosario. other folks in the house include Oliver, 23 from london and Jesse, a planner recentely from New York. a George Washington student named Boyan just left for Brazil, another artist from Tucuman also just left for the summer months to spain for an exhibition. and a musician and his wife are out on vacation. i´ve been playing a lot of banjo. napping. saw three movies including Volver, which was challenging without subtitles.
friday we had a dinner at marina´s then headed to this monthly Balkanic dance party that i´ve heard so much about, finally experiencing first hand the insanity. woah. live bands, beautiful crowds, immediately lost most of the people we came with. danced till 6:30 in the morning and left with the party still going strong.
yesterday i visited Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. i was happy to learn of the buenos aires born artist Ernesto Deira 1928-1986. i really love his early work, paintings and pen drawings.
today i get my brazil visa. i called the US embassy to see about yellow fever shots and learned that they are utterly worthless for advice.
now i´m headed to another museum MALBA and doing laundry. its 27*C (81*F) and getting hotter. looks like its about the same in Rio. ready to go.