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Day: May 30, 2012

Yeosu Expo 2012-Argentina Pavilion

Argentina Pavilion Entrance

Argentina Pavilion Entrance

The Argentine Pavilion is one of those small ones that are usually pretty accessible (no long lines). There’s nothing superbly special about it, but it’s pretty and friendly. It’s a large open room with a mezzanine filled with touch-screen videos, and a few of the walls incorporate even larger video screens. There’s a small snack bar, but the best thing about the beverage area is a nice selection of Argentinian wine. You can buy a bottle and share with friends, or you can buy it by the glass.

Here’s a shot of the interior ground floor looking toward the snack bar.

Argentina Pavilion

Argentina Pavilion

And a shot of one of the larger video screens and the mezzanine above it.

Argentina Pavilion

Argentina Pavilion

Here’s the somewhat small menu.

Argentina Pavilion Snack Bar Menu

Snack Bar Menu

And a good selection of wine. One of my friends said of her glass of Malbec was delicious.

Argentina Wine

Argentina Wine

As we were enjoying the Pavilion, who should walk in but Mavi Diaz and Las Folkies! We chatted with them for a while, and Corrie, one of my colleagues, ended up buying one of their CDs. It was a pleasant surprise to end our tour of the Argentine Pavilion.

Mavi Diaz at the Argentine Pavilion

Mavi Diaz and Las Folkies at the Pavilion

Here’s my opinion of the Argentine Pavilion:

Day and Time Visited: Saturday, May 19th at 8:30 p.m.
Interior Design: Lots of stripes, blue, functional
Lines: I’ve never seen a long one here
Multimedia: Several touch screen videos and larger wall-sized video screens
Souvenir Shop: None
Cultural Assets: None (except for the wine)
Restaurant/Bar: Small menu, nice selection of wine, food looked appetizing
Overall Rating: An easy place to visit, quick in and out, unless you stop to try the wine. Most of these small pavilions have their own charm and the staff are usually quite friendly and easy to talk with. Give it a shot while your waiting for longer lines at other pavilions to go down.

Yeosu Expo 2012-Argentina Cultural Performance

A couple of colleagues and I were lucky enough to take in the performance of Argentinian folk-rock legend Mavi Diaz and her female backing band, Las Folkies, several days ago. They performed at the Ocean Plaza to a good-sized audience, which got into the infectious rhythms of the performers. Here are a few images from the 30-minute concert.

Mavi Diaz

Mavi Diaz

Keyboardist Silvana Albano

Las Folkies Keyboardist Silvana Albano

Las Folkies Keyboardist Silvana Albano

Mavi and guitarist Pampi Torre

Mavi Diaz and Las Folkies Guitarist Pampi Torre

Mavi Diaz and Las Folkies Guitarist Pampi Torre

Las Folkies percussionist Martina Ulrich

Las Folkies percussionist Martina Ulrich

Las Folkies percussionist Martina Ulrich

Mavi and Pampi

Mavi Diaz and Pampi Torre

Mavi Diaz and Pampi Torre

I’ll have a bit more on Mavi Diaz later.

Yeosu Expo 2012-Pavilion Reservations Abolished

The short-lived attempt to institute a reservations system for visiting some of the major pavilions was abolished recently; it just wasn’t working. You can read about it by clicking here and finding the page for May 27th.

That page states that:

The Organizing Committee decided to abolish its pavilion reservation system, considering continued discontent among visitors. They suffered inconveniences, since 8 pavilions were often crowded with too many visitors and reservation was completed in an instant.

The “First Come First Served System” will be applied to visitors as they tour pavilions, starting from May 28.

If you had a reservation under the old system, it is still valid.

I can attest that the system wasn’t working. I had a reservation to the Theme Pavilion, but I didn’t even try to get in because of the huge lines that didn’t seem to be moving, but kept getting longer and longer, with quite a few unhappy  faces. Let’s hope the “first come, first serve” way works better.

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