Finding Beauty in...Bahía Blanca

Finding Beauty in…Bahía Blanca

Welcome to the first in a new series, “Finding Beauty in…”

Some places are ugly. There's no getting around it; not everywhere on the planet is beautiful. But sometimes we need to embrace that ugliness and try to find beauty in it.

Recently, we spent two days in the industrial, city of Bahia Blanca in Argentina's Buenos Aires province. The city is on the coast, though you wouldn't know it from visiting; there is no access to the sea as the coastal area is completely industrialised and devoted to oil and chemical refining. We had a nice time, thanks to our couchsurfing host, but the city itself was not that visually spectacular, and has no real sights to visit.

Just outside of the central city, there are many buildings that seem to have been abandoned and left to slowly fall in to ruin.

abandoned warehouse in Bahia Blanca

abandoned warehouse in Bahia Blanca

Personally, I find buildings like this warehouse above quite attractive. I would have loved to go inside and taken some pictures.

boarded up corner bar

boarded up corner bar

In the centre proper, there are a few classically pretty buildings, most notably the theatre, below.

Teatro Municipal

Teatro Municipal

detail of an iron gate

detail of an iron gate

The suburbs of the city, where we were staying, were mostly filled with squat houses in bad states of repair, but some stood out as interestingly designed, yet liveable homes.

row of houses

row of houses

Unlike in Buenos Aires, there isn't really any street art, but rather quite a lot of ugly tagging. We found a few interesting pieces, however.

graffiti

graffiti

And some political collages.

"Che's corner"

“Che's corner”

There are some barely used train tracks that run through the outskirts of the city, with very few safety features for crossing. This sign amused me, because it seemed so out of place!

"pan" means "bread" in Spanish

“pan” means “bread” in Spanish