There are several stereotypes that give Argentina its reputation: the European feel, sizzling steak, friendly locals, world-famous wine that’s cheaper than water and never-sleeping nightlife. But you guys probably know all that already. Travel to Buenos Aires and experience these unique ways the city will steal your heart.
Have you ever noticed how much Argentines use their hands when telling a story, greeting you or making small talk? Their hand gestures are a language in and of itself; they have ways of saying someone’s cheap, a person that has no guts, to be careful, etc. all by using certain motions. After spirited conversations with locals full of hands flying all over the place, you’ll never want to go back to boring storytelling!
But seriously….the detailing of most buildings is incredible! There are some obvious streets and buildings that ooze old-fashioned, European architecture such as the Congreso building and Chile street in San Telmo. If you travel to Buenos Aires, you’ll see intricate, antique detailing all over: just take a day to look at balconies around the city! Spending a little extra time to admire these parts of Buenos Aires will win you over even more, because it’s all around you.
The city has tons of the most random, fun activities that are often free. What other city organizes an afternoon to meet at the Planetarium and blow as many bubbles as possible? How about a free folk festival? A night of the year where all the museums are open until 3am with free entrance? Or maybe having all the pizzerias get together to make the city’s longest pizza? Never complain about being bored here!
No, 1am on a weekday is never too late to go to your local heladeria for some gelato. In fact, head inside to find a long line full of families and friends gabbing and eating as if it’s 3pm on a Saturday. If it’s Saturday, take a nap until 1am followed by dinner in Plaza Serrano only to be surrounded by tons of young people doing the same before heading to the club at 3. It’s almost never too late for something in Buenos Aires, and you get to enjoy your day more by adding more hours to it.
La Vida Relajada (The chill life)
Slow your power-walk to a leisurely stroll and shrug it off when the waiter tells you what you want from the menu isn’t available. When the subte stops for ten minutes mid-commute, don’t bother questioning what’s going on, because nobody else will. Stuff happens, and it seems like everything (except the traffic) goes along at a relaxed pace in Buenos Aires. Waking up at noon isn’t just for teenagers here!
Written by Abby LeCleir