La Casa Rosada

Argentina’s Pink House (the equivalent of the United States’ White House) was completed in 1886. I enjoyed a guided tour through the building (during which I successfully resisted the urge to hum any lyrics from Evita). The tour started in the GalerĂ­a de Patriotas del Bicentenario, an atrium inaugurated in 2010 for Argentina’s Bicentennial Celebrations and which features portraits of leaders from throughout Latin America’s history. It was exciting to stand on the Casa Rosada’s balcony looking out towards the Plaza de Mayo, the same way some of the country’s famous leaders have done. It was also cool to stand in rooms which I later saw on the news during presidential addresses. The tour guide seemed most excited about showing off the Presidential Elevator, donated in 1910; while we could look inside it, only the president and honored guests are allowed to ride in it.

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