Why Buenos Aires, of course! Sam and I are just wrapping up the most vacationy part of our trip, having spent the three weeks in the beautiful city of Buenos Aires. It feels like a European New York -- a bustling city that truly never sleeps with great shopping, delicious food, and amazing wine. We have been staying in the center of the city in the Retiro neighborhood in a cozy apartment, which has been a nice change from hostels and hotels, that we were able to get thanks to a friend.
From browsing through stores in Palermo, selling clothes by local designers, to dining in Puerto Madera, our time in Buenos Aires has consisted of a ton of walking around and exploring neighborhoods, eating a ton of meat (sorry to all my vegetarian friends!) and drinking lots of red wine. It is a fantastic city for walking around and probably the most complicated bus system I have ever seen (you need a 50 page booklet and a map just to figure out where the buses go - not to mention they only take coins, which are hard to get). You will often find people giving tango performances in the street on the weekends. Sam and I attempted a tango class, and it is hard. We found it more enjoyable to watch the locals (or porteños, as they call themselves, because this is a port city) who actually know what they are doing.
And to give you an indication of how crazy the schedule is here, one tango place we called on a Sunday night said lessons would start at midnight and dancing at 4:00 am.
During our time in Buenos Aires we also had several visitors: my sister Dana for a week, and Sam's parents for nearly two.
|With my sis!|
|La Ventana, where we saw the Tango Show|
|Mausoleum where Evita is buried|
|Musical performance of traditional music during lunch|
|Guacho games--they go full speed on the horse and try to grab a hanging ring with a pencil. If they catch the ring, they get to pick a bride.|
The next day before returning to Buenos Aires we went to this little chocolate shop that was mentioned in our guidebook and tried alfajores for the first time. They are the national sweet: dulce de leche sandwhiched between two cookies and usually powdered on the outside with coconut, these though were covered in chocolate or meringue. I don't know how we managed to go so long without trying these delicious cookies (they were especially amazing here).
|Delicious chocolate-covered alfajor. Nom nom.|
We also took Sam's parents to a cooking class (sort of) called the Argentine Experience, but I will leave that to Sam to write about that and about what we have learned about Argentine culture in our next blog post. Now I'm off to pack, heading to Santiago, Chile bright and early tomorrow!
More pictures below...
|2012.3 Buenos Aires|
|2012.3 San Antonio de Areco|