La Boca – tourist vs traveler

Jeff and I are very different kind of travelers.  I am a full blown tourist.  Jeff is a true traveler.   This difference isn’t too apparent until we go to something touristy.

La Boca is such a place.  La Boca is a neighborhood in Buenos Aires that is rich in history. Tango started in this barrio in the bordellos in the 1800’s.    The area is still “rough” according to the guidebooks, but a section of the neighborhood has been turned into a tourist destination.  There are brightly colored buildings, street vendors, outdoor restaurants with continuous tango shows, and artistic statues of people. Due to the warnings that the area around the tourist section was dangerous, we decided to take a tourist bus there instead of try our luck with the local buses.


This chart shows the difference in our travel styles when faced with different situations.

Jeff on a tourist bus.
Sheryl on a tourist bus.
Jeff and artistic people statues.
Sheryl with artistic people statues.

I don’t know if one travel style is better than the other, but I do know one of us had a hell of a lot more fun that day.

5 thoughts on “La Boca – tourist vs traveler”

  1. Reminds me of a bus trip Larry and I took to Sienna but it looks like you guys avoided the meltdown scene that played out in the Sienna bus terminal.

  2. Love your posts. I am very excited when I see there is a new one. I am both a traveler and a tourist. It is possible. I think Alan is neither, so I make up for both. Love you guys and miss you! Got a Xmas card from Jenny, your nephew is almost as cute as mine!

  3. I feel a song coming on:

    INCOMPATIBLE, THAT’S WHAT YOU ARE…
    INCONCEIVABLE, BUT STILL YOU CARE…
    INCOMPLETE AND INCORPOREAL
    JUST WHAT YOU THINK IS SO UNREAL,
    INCOMPATIBLE BUT NOT COMBAT- ABLE YOU.

  4. OMG!!! I laughed, out loud, SO HARD!! Thank you for that! I needed that laugh. This is the most hilarious thing I’ve seen in a long time. I’m still rolling with laughter! Fantastic! Knowing you both just makes it that much funnier. Jeff, I love your “I smell a bad smell” face that seemed to be on all day. Too funny!!!!!

    I want to keep this post and show it to the next person I date to identify what kind of travelers we might be. Between this and the bus ride, that’s some serious marriage negotiation to be sure!

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