Originating in the 1890s along the River Plate, tango is a partner dance born out of candombe traditions of the former slave peoples living in Buenos Aires and Montevideo. With an influx of European immigration, the music was shaped out of a diverse mixture of cultural influences.
The dance began to grow in popularity as theaters and barrel organists spread the sound throughout the region. By the beginning of the 20th century, tango bands were touring around the world, introducing the sound to Paris, London, Berlin, New York and even Finland, where the scene is so intense they created their own Finnish style.
Though it has historically been repressed by authoritarian regimes through the decade, tango has grown to be a vibrant cultural institution, with UNESCO declaring it an Intangible Cultural Heritage. There are hundreds of milongas in Argentina and Uruguay, but the “world’s biggest tango extravaganza” is Mundial de Tango, the Tango World Championships held annually in Buenos Aires.
From August 14–27, Buenos Aires fills with 600,000 dancers looking to tangueros for Mundial de Tango 2015. There are several intense competitions in a variety of styles, but for those looking to dance themselves, there are plenty of non-competitive events including an open-air milonga with more than 10,000 dancers. Clubs and classes are open to people of all skill levels, including people who have no experience whatsoever, making this one of the best places to jump into the world of tango.
While your first inclination might be panic when you map out the various appointments and meetings on your upcoming business trip, relax. Trust us, a rental car has you covered.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
When it comes to getting the best tips and tricks in air travel, there’s almost no one better to consult than a flight attendant. Unlike pilots, these airplane crew members spend all their time in the cabins and are front and center to any and all passenger experiences. Here are a few travel hacks from those who fly for a living.