It’s a difficult thing to do but we have created a shortlist of our 5 favourite things about Buenos Aires…
1. Architecture – Buenos Aires is full of buildings and sculptures that look like they belong in an classical European city. The casa rosada (home of Evita’s famous balcony), government buildings and even run down buildings in the heart of San Telmo make you question whether you are actually in South America. We took a tour of Casa Rosada and it was incredible to see the number of beautiful chandeliers and artwork all made by French and Italian artists. My favourite buildings were those that that had beautiful classical architecture but had also been painted lime green.
2. Street art – There is art everywhere in Buenos Aires – on the buildings, the roads, the subte (underground system), on people’s front doors, in the hotel rooms. There are even street mosaics remembering those who ‘disappeared’ in the 70’s for political reasons.
3. Learning Spanish – There is something special about learning a language in a foreign country… you can learn something in the morning and then spend the afternoon testing it out on patient taxi drivers and hotel receptionists. We did 1 week of the Intermediate 1 course at Ibero spanish school. The lessons were entirely in Spanish but our amazing professora (Fernanda) managed to teach us hundreds of things in just 1 week (through exaggerated hand actions where necessary). Here is our class with our certificates – presumably for participation as opposed to success?
4. Food and Wine – Our love of food meant that we had to do a separate post on this here. I particularly loved the sweet pastries and dulce de leche for breakfast and the dulce de leche ice-cream on a hot afternoon… (sense a theme here?)
The thing that I loved about wine in Buenos Aires is that not only is it all locally produced but, each time you a glass of the house wine, you are served a glass of wine (full to the rim) that tastes like you have ordered the most expensive bottle in the cellar. All this for 30 pesos (£3.50). Hopefully we will get to do more extensive wine tasting when we get to one of the wine regions in either Mendoza or Salta.
5. Tango Music – I guess I always knew Chris and I would enjoy tango but I didn’t realise how much I would enjoy tango music. Before we left the UK, our fabulous Hitchin friends gave us a gift of private tango lessons in Buenos Aires. We had the most amazing hour learning the tango – although, if you think about it, we only really learnt how to walk without stepping on each other’s toes. Our wonderful (and highly recommended) teachers were Gerry and Lucia and they not only helped us prepare for our first Milonga (Tango dance hall), they aso introduced us to their fabulous collection of 1930’s and 1940’s tango music. Here’s one to listen to…
and one thing that deserves a special mention….
Dog walkers – The first time we saw someone pulling 8/9 dogs we almost kept following them around the street. You can see them almost every morning and each time it made me laugh.