Forget the White House – in Argentina they have the Pink House; Casa Rosada. (Admittedly, the name doesn’t have quite the same ring to it…)
Casa Rosada faces Plaza de Mayo in the heart of Buenos Aires and it is the executive mansion and office of the President of Argentina. On weekends, there are free tours where you get to explore the entire building – even the President’s office is included in the tour.
The tours are offered in Spanish and English. We joined a Spanish tour (why?!) and Danny listened attentively (Spanish is not so dissimilar to Italian) while I picked up words here and there like names, important dates and no brainers like ‘El Presidente’. Therefore you will have to forgive me if my commentary is a little vague 😉
The last time I visited a state building back home was way back in primary school. But being a foreigner in another country makes me feel like a kid all over again.
And boy was I excited …
Don’t let the serious faces of these guards fool you – their main responsibility seemed to be photo posing. They were holding babies and having their photos taken when we first entered the building. So much more friendlier than those British chaps guarding Buckingham Palace, am I right gov’na?
Many of the rooms downstairs are decorated in light blue and white – the colours of the Argentinian flag.
Upstairs has two press conference rooms. The first one is the newer room. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner dedicated it to the nation’s great women for Argentina’s bicentennial celebrations. You can read their stories under portraits around the walls.
The second press room looks a little more traditional …
And the corridors in the house are dedicated to the pop culture artists. It’s kind of like a ‘walk of fame’ for Argentina.
The glamourous Perons feature quite heavily around the house. There is an entire wing upstairs dedicated to Eva Peron (who you might know better as Evita).
We weren’t allowed to take photos of the rooms surrounding the President’s Office, although I was surprised from a national security perspective that we were even allowed to enter that area.
Yes, you can even wave to the people.
At the end of the tour, aspiring politicians can exit from Casa Rosada in real El Presidente style.
Via the red carpet which leads out the door at the back of the building.
But some of us just can’t take this politician stuff seriously …