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A Shopper’s Guide to Great Leather Deals in BA

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Thanks to Blmurch for This Photo

Thanks to Blmurch for This Photo

Attention shoppers: mark the intersection of Murillo and Scalabrini Ortiz on your maps for serious deals. This is leather central. You name it and it is here– jackets, purses, wallets, shoes, furs, etc. The neighborhood is off the tourist beaten path so the barrio isn’t as pretty as parts of Palermo but the rents are cheaper and so are the goods.

Porteños Dance the Night Away at the South American Music Conference

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SAMC BANNER LOGOThe 2008 edition of the South American Music Conference (SAMC) wrapped up with a day-long dance party. Tens of thousands of people attended the event, which took place at Centro Costa Salguero along the Rio de la Plata. The dance fest featured four separate stages – Tangent, Freak Circus, Electro Place, and Tent – where dozens of international and local DJs spun grooves from three in the afternoon on Saturday until the wee hours of Sunday morning.

South America Music Conference Presents Full Day Concert

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South American Music Conference - Electronica in BASuperstar DJs and a who’s who of the electronic music world descend upon Buenos Aires this week for the South American Music Conference (SAMC). By day, SAMC pulls together artists, producers, record label representatives, and fans for workshops and panels on everything from turntablism to festival organizing to the ins-and-outs of making a re-mix song. By night, DJs in town for the conference entertain the masses at various nightclubs around the city.

South American Music Conference Concert
Saturday, March 8, 2008

Where:Centro Costa Salguero – Av. Costanera R. Obligado and J. Salguero
Cost: General Admission $90 pesos, VIP $160
Website: South American Music Conference Website

To Chill Out in Mendoza, Head for the Hot Springs at Las Termas of Cacheuta


Termas Cacheuta Mendoza ArgentinaLas Thermas de Cacheuta is a relaxing day trip for those visiting Mendoza. For about $60 USD, you get hotel transfer, an enormous lunch buffet, and a full day’s use of the hotel/spa’s hot springs and mud baths. 15 pesos more will get you a robe for the day and another 60 pesos will buy you an hour massage.

The hotel shuttle picks you up at your door between 9 and 10 in the morning and makes the rounds for other day trippers. Once outside of the city, the landscape turns into something out of the California desert with mountains and desert plants. The road winds quite a bit so the front passenger seat is advised for anyone prone to carsickness.

A Warm Christmas Eve in Buenos Aires

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globoChristmas Eve is a big deal in Buenos Aires and Argentina. It’s called Noche Buena and families gather for an evening of food and festivities. This is a late night affair with kids staying up until midnight awaiting Papa Noel (Santa Claus) and adults catching up with one another.