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La Boca is a neighborhood, or barrio of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires. It retains a strong European flavour, with many of its early settlers being from the Italian city of Genoa. The colorful neighborhood sits at the mouth ("boca" in Spanish) of the Matanza-Riachuelo River. As one of Buenos Aires's 48 barrios, La Boca is located in the city's south-east near its old port.
Camino literally means ‘way’ or ‘walkway’ in English, and the -ito or -ita ending tagged onto Spanish nouns means little or small. And so Caminito is often translated as either ‘little walkway’, ‘little road’, ‘little path’, or ‘little street’.
Before heading to the airport, we made a stop at a popular shop on Caminito Street. As in most places where a popular tourist attraction sits in the middle of an economically disadvantaged neighborhood, La Boca can be dangerous for visitors who stray off the tourist path.
The photos to the left show the interior of the shop where we would meet. There wasn't any need to go anywhere else since the store had quite the variety of merchandise as well as a cafe. We just got a bottle of water at the cafe - we figured we'd have plenty of time at the airport.