My girlfriend and I were eager to visit this after reading its positive reviews. We were disappointed with the tension offered by a shop for local art. On the first floor there were two rooms: a cafe and a gift shop. In the cafe was a tribe of elderly women meeting for their knitting club, supervised by a lifelessly bored waiter. The gift shop was manned by a very friendly young woman who explained some of the unique items to us, such as wallets and bags made of reused Uruguayan tires, and novelty wool items for children. The prices seemed what one would expect from such a shop. Needless to say, nothing was bought. We were also flooded with questions about where we are from, despite our ability to speak Spanish.
We were assured by a very composed older woman that the clothing boutique upstairs would have people in it who speak English. When we walked up the outdoor stairway that is beautifully covered with overgrowth, we accidentally attracted the attention of a young woman sitting in another room using a computer, working on some graphic design. She came over hurriedly and watched us as we examined the items available for sale to an elite class of quirkiness enthusiasts. There were handmade jackets and dresses with outlandish irregular designs, mostly things for runway use. The overall craftsmanship was impressive, but the fruits of their labor were rather sour... and priced at over 200 US$.
Overall we were entertained for a good twenty minutes, but then again, finding this place was a much more rewarding adventure. For those wanting to make a handsome donation to local artists, this is your destination.
P.S. If the width of your body exceeds a foot and a half, you won't be able to enter the tiny doorway that is the entrance for all aspects of La Pasionaria.
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