I’m not sure of the order but the three things Argentina is famous for – tango, beef and soccer. I had eaten great steak and I had seen various tango performances now was time for some soccer! The most widely loved Buenos Aires team is La Boca Juniors. The fans are insane. Only Boca Club members can buy tickets to games. There are thousands of people on the waitlist to become club members. The only way for non-members to buy tickets is to buy them through an agency which makes tickets pricey.
I went with Jasmine, a friend from my hostel. The stadium is HUGE and it was nearly packed. There were two very rowdy sections on each side of the field. In those sections members can get in for free but it is standing room only. So let’s say as a member you have tickets to 10 games you can go to additional games for free but you have to stand. I was wishing we were down there – singing, jumping, yelling – it seemed fun! Our tour guide and the 4 Chilean guys that were part of my agency group were adamant that I did not wish to be down there. It would be totally unsafe as a woman and particularly as a gringa. Eh… ok fine, stay in the safe zone. Boca fans get so intense that away fans are not allowed at games. If you have on anything from the opposing team you will be thrown out. Last year during a fight an away fan was actually killed hence the new rule – no outside fans allowed.
In the end Boca won. It was amazing to watch so many people all celebrate at once! Our guide told us that leaving the stadium would have been a much different experience had Boca lost. Good on you, Boca. Good. On. You.
My time in Buenos Aires was coming to an end. I spent my final day wandering around my neighborhood and taking some final photos. One of the great things about Argentina and later I would realize Chile too is that almost everywhere has free wifi! I ended my time in BA chatting away on whatsapp with Mary and Annie over some delicious cafe coffee.
Next stop – Mendoza, wine country!