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500. reflections

Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, reflection

Time to celebrate… and take a look back. Honestly I don’t know how I managed to arrive at 500 posts about Recoleta Cemetery!

But it’s been a labor of love. I still remember my first visit to the cemetery in March 2000… wandering everywhere just to find Eva Perón’s tomb. In fact, the beauty of the place distracted me so much that I forgot about Evita until a few visits later! After moving to Buenos Aires, I developed a successful tour of the cemetery & had a crazy idea to map the entire place. Yep, I counted every single tomb, crypt, mausoleum, & cenotaph. Whew.

This blog came about in 2007 to help market that map but soon took on a life of its own. Despite a couple of long breaks & an extended stay in Australia, AfterLife continued to grow & gained readership… there’s no other English-language source like it. The map later transformed into a PDF guide & then an iPhone app with the birth of Endless Mile. Below are a few stats about this interesting journey:

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First post: 03 Oct 2007

Total # of posts: 500

Total word count: over 110,000 or about the size of a novel

Readership: averages between 4,500 & 5,000 unique visitors per month, about 300 per day. Amazing for a blog about a cemetery

Most comments: Liliana Crociati de Szaszak (currently 107)

Total number of photos posted: over 1,600… & only a few used elsewhere online without my permission!

Number of bilingual posts: currently 155, or 31%

People guided since 2003: just under 1,000! Remarkable since my groups average between 2-6 people. This number also includes maps & guides sold online.

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Here’s the big news: today & today only I’ll give away a free copy of the PDF guide to anyone who sends me their email address (robert AT recoletacemetery.com). Not only will this help spread the word about Recoleta Cemetery, but it gives everyone a chance to test drive an Endless Mile guide.

Thanks for everyone’s continued support!

Update: As of Aug 2015, the iPhone app is no longer for sale.

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2 Comments

  1. Lisandro Orlov

    Quiero felicitarles por esta tarea y aporte que me es de mucha utilidad. Desde hace apenas tres meses he comenzado una experiencia similar, tratando de rescatar el lenguaje simbólico que las tumbas y bóvedas nos proponen como diálogo. Me nutro para mi trabajo de muchos de sus aportes y por supuesto, indico en todos los casos, mi fuente de información. Trato a mi vez de compartir unos breves pensamientos que el encuentro con estas obras de arte aportan a mi pensamiento. Gracias y felicitaciones

  2. Hola Lisandro – Gracias por el lindo comentario. Intentamos de rescatar algo del pasado olvidado del cementerio, contar de las personas que eligieron ese lugar para descansar en paz y también informar de cosas importantes que pasan ahí. Cuando su trabajo está terminado nos encantaría verlo por supuesto! Gracias y saludos!

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