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A European freshly arrived in Buenos Aires wouldn't have any feeling of disorientation nor exotism. He'll merely have the feeling of going back into time, as the city seems to be stuck in the 60's or 70's. The illusion is almost perfect as long as one stay in the city centre but disappear as one gets away from the centre. The outskirts is mainly made of "Villas Miserias" vast favelas where survives thousands of uprooted men and women who came to the "Capitale Federale" looking for a better life.

La Boca neighbourhood, today a very touristy area in Buenos Aires, was one of those favelas were migrant and there whole family would live in "Convillas", houses build with sheet of zinc. It is situated exactly where Pedro de Mendoza founded the city of Buenos Aires, on the mouth of the river Riachuelo. It was Buenos Aires main port until the beginning of the 20th century. The migrants, mainly Italians from Genoa or Naples, which were working on the docks, build their houses with scrap they could gather from ships cargo.

About the diversity of bright colours typical from this neighbourhood, the myth says that a famous painter, who was adopted and raised by a couple from la Boca, came back there and convinced the inhabitant to paint the main street (El Caminito) as they wished. The truth is that Dockers were using left over paint found on the docks. Those paint were mixed together, at those time, the house colours weren't as bright as they are today. It is only when artists invaded in la Boca that all those colours were applied to the houses of Caminito.

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