People kept saying ‘go to El Ateneo’ and I kept ignoring them. It’s a bookshop. I like bookshops. But since I implemented my “no can carry anything” regime, there were a million other places to go.  However, it started to rain in BA, more it started to RAIN and I needed to get out of the room and not go far. I Googled the trusty El Ateneo and it was only 3 blocks away.

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It was easy to find. but it was pouring down. Tropical drama.  I donned my trusty Patagonia raincoat (can I tell you how brilliant it is and water repellent?) and soaked every other morsel of clothing I was wearing, but my shoulders were dry. Success!

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The dome of this former theatre remains as beautiful and nicely lit as in its former life.

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The bookshop occupies the theatre space without entirely losing the drama factor.

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It’s laid out in typical bookstore fashion – the higher you go, the more ‘niche’ the products.

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It was so humid inside because everyone was soaked and I didn’t entirely escape!

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Just gorgeous!

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I loved that the original lighting was still in use (and if it wasn’t original, it looked pretty original!).

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It’s worth a visit! There was very little in English and my Spanish isn’t good enough to warrant buying a novel.  However, there was a small selection of notebooks, paper and pens but I did think they were expensive compared to, say, Paperchase in London or Belfast or Hodges Figgis / Easons in Dublin.

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