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The first days of our trip to Patagonia we stayed in the capital of Argentina: Buenos Aires. One of the afternoons was spent by making a cycling tour through the city.

This picture was taken in the neighbourhood of La Boca. Football-fans know this name probably from the very famous "Boca Juniors" football-club which has a huge stadium in this part of the town. But La Boca is also famous because of its old colourful houses.

La Boca has an old port and loads of European immigrants (mainly Italians) arrived here in the 19th century to find jobs. The poorest people stayed near the very dirty port and built simple houses of corrugated steel panels. According to our guide, they painted the houses with left-overs of paint that was used by the shipyards. As the amounts of paint were always rather small, the houses were painted in many different colours. And nowadays this neighbourhood is visited by hundreds of tourists every day to see these colourful poor man's houses.

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