Riding On A Vintage Subway!

Through all my rather obsessive planning for our trip to South America, and to R’s perverse glee, I somehow overlooked the fact that our dates coincided with the presidential elections in Argentina. I realised my blunder when the Buenos Aires soccer schedules were released and I couldn’t find a single match for the entire week that we were going to be there.

Too late to change our plans, we missed out on the soccer match and the Feria Mataderos and suffered an entire ‘dry’ day:-(

But the upside was a Sunday morning free of crowds to ride the vintage Line A of the Buenos Aires Subte, and check out the legendary Cafe Tortoni at leisure without having to stand in (the equally legendary) line.

I can’t possibly be accused of not being able to look on the bright side, can I?

Estacion Peru still retains most of its original decor!
Tha A line was the first subway line in Buenos Aires. Opened in 1913, this is the 13th-oldest subway system in the world, the oldest in South America, and the fourth-oldest in the Americas as a whole (after New York, Boston, and Philadelphia)!
An original wooden car of the A line, nearly to ourselves, since most self respecting Portenos were busy choosing their president!
Original doors that have to be opened manually
Wooden windows with slatted shades and leather pulls
Tile murals in the Estacion Congreso. The A line runs under Avenida de Mayo – from Plaza de Mayo through Congreso, its original terminus, to Carabobo.

Happy travels…..no matter where life takes you.