After a whirlwind 10-day partying in Rio ended, we proceeded to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. All three of us were exhausted by the time we landed in BA so we rushed to our rented apartment in Palermo, the quiet and trendy neighborhood of Buenos Aires and called it a day.
|(The Japanese Garden, Buenos Aires)|
The next morning, we started exploring the area on foot. Our first stop was Jardín Japonés (The Japanese Garden). A not so large but beautiful Japanese style garden administered by the non-profit Japanese Argentine Cultural Foundation. Apparently it is one of the largest gardens of its kind in the World, outside of Japan. On our way back from the garden, we saw one of the famous dog-walkers of Parlermo. I had read about the dog culture in Buenos Aires and its dog-walkers but it was lovely to see it in person. This dog walker we saw had about 15 dogs, both big and small, on the leash. I am not sure how much money he makes. I would certainly go nuts if I were to do this arduous task of handling that many dogs. Some may wonder why I was astonished by the sight of a dog-walker. Simple answer: we don’t have this in Asia.
|A Dog-walker in Palermo|
|Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral|
|Down town Buenos Aires|
|Tango in La Boca|
|Colorful houses of La Boca, Buenos Aires|
Here in Argentina, people eat a great deal of meat. One of the staple Argentine cuisines is called “Parilla”, simple and naturally tasty beef cooked over a large wood-fired or charcoal grill. Almost every interior part of a cow is available on the menu, from liver, kidney, blood sausages and intestine, to the usual tenderloin or sirloin steak. We ate Parilla almost every day with a good bottle of local Cabernet Sauvignon. (After two weeks in Argentina, we were totally beefed out that I wondered if let out a scream, it would have sounded “Moo”.)
|Eva Peron's final resting place|
|Evita Museum in Palermo|
|Buenos Aires Skyline seen from Puerto Madero|
|Puente De La Mujer (Woman's bridge)|
|Musical "Chicago" in Buenos Aires|
Buenos Aires, as a city is truly versatile; modern skyscrapers and classic historic architecture, both European and Latin American cultural influences, people of different backgrounds and status existing in harmony. In the arts department as well, you can almost have it all. Theatre, Classical concerts, Dance, Cinema, Literature, Art galleries and museums, oh, you name it. You will not get bored as there are plenty of things to do for both day and night. Porteños, as people from Buenos Aires are known, (meaning people who are from or lives in a port city) are nice and friendly people. Many of them speak English but as a courtesy, it is best you approach them with some Spanish (even if it’s limited), then switch to English once it gets too complicated, they are happy to help out, give directions and have a chat. It is also a comfortable city, communication -wise. The metro lines are uncomplicated, clean and effective. I would go back there in a heartbeat if I ever have a chance again in the future.
|An artist in La Boca|
|Buenos Aires Cabildo at night|