POPMART Leg 2: 1997, Europe

Feb
01
1998

Sao Paulo/Buenos Aires - PopMart birthday.

Sao Paulo/Buenos Aires - PopMart birthday. Willie has now been working on PopMart for two solid years. He investigates Argentinian night life sensing a good vibe.

Travel day, Sao Paolo to Buenos Aires. Also my anniversary, as I have been working on the PopMart project for exactly two years today. Touring does take huge chunks out of your life. Not to mention that we are all six years older than we were when we started the Zoo TV tour, but lets not even start that train of thought.

Got up early to go to a market. It was interesting but in the main incomprehensibly pricey. I did find a watch for Helen Dean, one of our wardrobe stalwarts who celebrated a birthday yesterday. Its one of those very first 70's digital watches, where you have to press the button to make the little red numbers come up. Wonderful little time piece, in both senses of the word.

We didn't land in Buenos Aires till after midnight, due to a catalogue of delays (and besides, its a long way). All the same, I had to go out. I have been so looking forward to getting to this city - I don't know why, but I have just had this overwhelming feeling that this is going to be the best week. Went out by myself around 2am (everyone else was looking at me like I had two heads when I suggested it), and walked the streets. Things happen late here, so my timing was fine by Argentinean standards. Found some clubs, some bars and some vibes. I peered in one doorway and in the blackness I could make out several men in suits, but was completely dazzled by floating lingerie. The room was ringed with women wearing white lacy lingerie under ultraviolet light, glowing and radiating and apparently floating in space like Victoria's Secret Angels. Needless to say I beat a hasty retreat before things got messy. Found a big club called "BNK" which wouldn't normally have been my kind of place - a huge neon disco - but tonight it was fun. Very mixed crowd, lots of gay disco bunnies, lots of women too, all comers. Good music, though I'd never heard a note of it before, apart from the samples. It was a fun night, despite my starting to fade after about an hour. Cabs are cheap here too, so its all very promising.
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