I had a heartwarming time at the Milonga Lujos at El Beso last night. My friend Christine Eydoux told me that things might have changed since I left Buenos Aires 11 years ago, so I didn't know what to expect at first. But as soon as I walked into the milonga, all of my worries went away.
I was greeted by Lucia, Oskar, and Adriana, the organizers of the milonga, and it was an emotional moment to see them again after so many years. They greeted me with open arms, and it felt like no time had passed at all, except for the wrinkles on their faces and the fact that they walked more slowly.
As soon as I sat down, old friends came up to me to hug and kiss me. It was so nice to see them again and hear about a glimpse of what had happened in their lives over the past ten years. Even though we look a little different than we did 11 years ago, we still know each other instantly by heart.
It was different from what I remembered, and almost everyone on the dance floor was new. They moved and interpreted music in a more lively way than I was used to, which surprised me at first, but I soon got caught up in the joy and energy of it all.
During the break, I was happy to see that they were still dancing chacarera, but they had also added Zamba to the mix. It was so pretty to look at, and it made me think of all the times I danced with friends in Buenos Aires.
As I left the milonga that night, I felt both nostalgic and thankful for all the great memories and friends I had made in Buenos Aires. I can't wait to see what else the tango scene in this city has in store for me.