Monday, July 19, 2010
la boca ... BOO!
la boca is a very colorful neighborhood in Bs As that has sadly gotten a bad rap for being dangerous. and the more you read about it, the more alarmist people seem to become. now, i've never walked down any dark alleys at night there (you know, because i'm not an idiot), but every time i've been there it has always been fine. i actually like the neighborhood a lot. however, it is a neighborhood of a lower economic class, so you know if you walk around flashing your wallet and your iPhone you could get mugged. kinda like every nyc neighborhood i've ever lived in or worked in.
la boca is probably most famous for it's brightly painted houses, but it is also famous for being the home of the Boca Juniors, our favorite futbol (soccer) team. while many people support the opposing BA team, River Plate, we support la boca, viewing them as a sort of underdog team of ragtag misfits, not unlike the Brooklyn Dodgers or the NY Mets (if the Mets didn't suck so much).
anyhoo, my beloved bolshvik has already begun adorning himself with a variety of la boca hoodies, jerseys, scarves, etc. and taking a day off from my various jobs, i decided to join him on a little tour of la bombera (the chocolate box), the famed stadium where the boca juniors play.
being my mother's daughter the first thing i did was peruse the gift shop. there is so much we can learn from gift shops! for instance, who knew that dulce de leche (much like wheaties) was the breakfast of champions for futbol players? well, it must be because they sell coffee cans filled with special Boca Juniors dulce de leche. i am a dulce de leche fan and all, but this seems like a hell of a lot of liquid caramel goodness, even for me.
on the tour, we were allowed to walk around the empty stadium and take lots of pictures. we were even given the option of paying an extra 30 pesos to pose on the field while holding a replica of the world cup. although tempted, i passed on this photo op.
apparently, psychological warfare is a big part of futbol stadium design. we learned that the away team enters the field through a very small door, so small that they actually have to watch their heads in order to get through it. while the home team gets to enter through large grandiose type doors. but my favorite is the area for the away fans.
but fear not dear blog readers, supposedly there are still ways for us to get tickets either the day of the game or from scalpers. so we may be sitting in the stands eating from a tub of dulce de leche just yet.