It is possible to see the facades of all the houses where Borges lived in, on the avenues Quintana, Pueyrredón and at Maipú street, where he spent his life from the 40′s to his last days. However, the most important thing is to visit his childhood neighbourhood, Palermo. According to his memories , in the beginnings of the XX century, that zone was the border between the city and countryside. His family lived in that house that does not longer exist, at Serrano 2147, now called Jorge Luis Borges.
Furthermore, visitors can walk along the forests of Palermo listening to the writer’s voice. The website of Tourism of the City includes offers this tour with its service called Guideaudio which allows people to download audio files to their mp3 device or listen directly through their mobile phones. Thus, at Borges 2135, his childhood memories can be listened. Also, there is another audioguide file in the corner of the store El Preferido de Palermo, considered as the inspiration place for the famous story “El hombre de la esquina rosada”; and at Borges and Rusell Alley, his own description about the tradition of the “compadritos” of the neighbourhoods can be listened.
But the best thing is found in the corner of Borges and Guatemala, the corner of the “mythical block”, in which the writer lived. Then, he chose this place for his version of the city’s origin. From here, people can appreciate the passages of his famous “Fundación Mítica de Buenos Aires”, in which he describes: “Una manzana entera pero en mitad del campo / expuesta a las auroras y lluvias y sudestadas / La manzana pareja que persiste en mi barrio / Guatemala, Serrano, Paraguay, Gurruchaga”. The writer obviously ended this text with the best homage to his city “A mí se me hace cuento que empezó Buenos Aires / La juzgo tan eterna como el agua y el aire”.
Do you know other points in the city related to Borges? Which one would you recommend?