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2012.Feb.08 Wednesday · 1 comment

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Just picking up where I left off on Av. Dorrego in yesterday’s post – there were just too many photos to do it all in one.

Dorrego walk

The very pretty Santa Adela church is just downhill at the corner of Av. Luis M. Campos.

Dorrego walk

As we continue down, the elevated railroad tracks continue on our right, and the small enclave of Las Cañitas is to the left. Unless one ventures in (well worthwhile if you want to eat or drink), there’s little of interest in this stretch – a couple of military warehouse type buildings make up most of what is right on Dorrego itself.

Dorrego walk

At the end of this stretch, when reaching Av. Libertador, are the two fields of the polo grounds. The one right at the corner is the military polo field, the one off to the left, behind the far bleachers, is the Argentine national polo field. I should go to a polo match one season, no?

Dorrego walk

Although not along Dorrego itself, it’s worth a block’s walk to the right just to see the King Fahd Islamic Cultural Center, the largest mosque in Latin America. In 1995, president Carlos Menem granted the land to a Saudi-backed organization. The buildings contain a mosque, school, library and cultural center. Interestingly, as the Argentine constitution required (that was, I gather, changed in 1994) that the president of the country be Catholic, Menem, a Syrian Muslim, had to convert to Catholicism after being elected and before being inaugurated his first term. He’s currently a senator from the La Rioja province, I’m not clear if he converted back to being Muslim or has remained Catholic.

Dorrego walk

Across Av. Libertador is the racetrack, the hipodromo – virtually any day one can find either races being run or, at the least, watch practice sessions. Admission is quite cheap, and it’s a fun outing, whether you bet or not.

Dorrego walk

A different view of the arch of the pedestrian/bicycle crossover that I mentioned/crossed in my walk along Av. Alcorta and the 3 de Febrero park.

Dorrego walk

The Plaza de la Republica del Pakistan…

Dorrego walk

…and right next to it, the pretty, though slightly unkempt, Plaza de la Republica del Ecuador, and further on, the German equestrian club.

Dorrego walk

Just the other side of Av. Alcorta is El Instituto y el Jardín de Infancia Mitre, an institute for training teachers to work with younger children, basically preschool, kindergarten, and the first couple of years of primary school.

Dorrego walk

A monument commemorating Argentina’s centennial, which was completely refurbished for the bicentennial. Bronze and granite, designed by Swiss artist Paul Amlehn, it symbolizes the friendship between the two countries over the years.

Dorrego walk

We’re still in horse riding country and the entire area is surrounded by different equestrian schools, riding paths, etc. One of the many equestrian clubs and schools along the way.

Dorrego walk

Opposite the green expanse of the German equestrian club, as we approach the end of the avenue, is the national weather station for the domestic airport.

Dorrego walk

And, finally, the domestic airport, Aeroparque Jorge Newberry, is across Av. Lugones.

Dorrego walk

It is, as always, hunger inducing on these walks, even if they’re not that long (Dorrego is a total of just under 4 km, or 2.5 mi) and since the last stretch of park before the area has a couple of outdoor parrilla stands, I returned there – had to pass by them anyway on my way home. One of them was jammed with taxi drivers and others munching away on sandwiches, the other had only a couple of folk eating. Not wanting to wait in line, I opted for the latter…

Dorrego walk

…great selection of condiments… I ordered a bondipan, a sandwich of sliced bondiola, pork shoulder, with lemon, and then loaded it up with some condiments…

Dorrego walk

…there may have been a reason that the latter spot was near devoid of customers, it may have been the worst bondipan sandwich I’ve encountered – fatty, gristly, overcooked to near carbonized state, stale bread, and the condiments didn’t taste fresh. My sandwich joined with what appeared to be many others, that I spotted a few moments later, as pigeon food.

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Alberto March 1, 2016 at 17:37

Your description it is very good an interesant. Only one mistake.
The building that appear before Aeroparque Airport and Lugones Av. is the headquarter of the National Meteorological Service (the weather station for the airport it is inside the airport).

Good luck and follow with your descriptions.

Alberto

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