La Boca means “the mouth” and is a neighborhood in Buenos Aires at the mouth of the river. It was the section of the city where new immigrants first stayed crammed many into small rooms. Since it originally was a poor area, and near where the cargo ships were repaired, the locals would get the left over paint from the ships and use it on their homes. Since it was free, it came in many colors. This is what has made La Boca a colorful area of the city. It was also an old red-light district and thus the sensual dance Tango originated here. It reminded me of the funkiness of the French Quarter in New Orleans.
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