Day 1 : The Basics in Context
- 9am: Welcome coffee and city orientation
- 10am: Introduction to Argentinian history tour
- 1:30pm: Lunch in cafe downtown
- 2:30pm: Free time for independent exploration or rest
- 4:30pm: Tour of tango history, music and dance in a local milonga (tango club)
Day 2: The Golden Age in Context
- 10am: Welcome at accommodation and transport to start point
- 10:30am: Belle Epoque architecture tour in downtown and Retiro neighborhoods
- 1pm: Annotated lunch, the “Bodegón” experience
Kevin first visited Buenos Aires during a study-abroad program in college, and, after completing his degree in global studies and Spanish at the University of California: Santa Barbara, he returned to live in the Argentine city. Upon arriving in his new home, he began exploring the city's vibrant emerging arts as the managing editor of bilingual culture website Whats Up Buenos Aires. Currently he runs <a href="http://masamakestacos.com/">MASA</a>, where he organizes a weekly supper club from his home and regular pop-ups with restaurants around Buenos Aires. He is also the restaurant columnist for Buenos Aires-based English news media <a href="http://www.thebubble.com/category/featured/the-clean-plate/">The Bubble</a>. His writing has also appeared in Munchies, The New Worlder and Savoteur.
Basak is a tango dancer, instructor, and world-dweller with a BA in Political Science and MA in European Studies with a focus on migration. She has lived in major cities in four countries including, most recently, Berlin, where she taught tango, ran her own tango retail business and freelanced in public relations for seven years. She speaks English, German, Spanish and Turkish fluently. Basak first fell in love with tango in Istanbul, where she had been dancing classical ballet for 16 years. Tango changed the direction of her journey in dance as well as life. After commuting between Buenos Aires and Europe in pursuit of the evasive perfect "abrazo" - tango embrace - the marvelous city of Buenos Aires enticed her to move here. This native of Izmir, Turkey is currently enjoying diving deeper in the cultural diversity of Buenos Aires and is thrilled to share her passion for tango and its wonderful homeland in her tours. She explores elements from history, poetry, music and dance and presents tango as a human condition and definitely more than a dance.
A Buenos Aires native, Santiago studied architecture at the Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, where he also taught for six years. His passion for drawing lead him first to became a comic strip artist and later a street artist. He has painted walls all over South America, Mexico and also in Europe. His “signature” is a flying pig, which can be found all over Buenos Aires. He grew fond of these friendly animals while working on his family´s farm, which is located 200 km away from the city, in what used to be a small Irish colony known locally as Arroyo de Luna. This variety of activities give him a unique perspective on the city and its history that he looks forward to sharing with visitors on Context tours.