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Buenos Aires, or BA for short if you’ve been there

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There is an unwritten rule; if you have been to Buenos Aires, then you can call it BA. If you haven’t visited BA, you’ll still have to say Buenos Aires.

They also say that to truly experience Buenos Aires, you have to experience tango. And I think they might be right there. I however skiped tango in Buenos Aires, but once I move there, it will be one of the first things I’ll do, take tango lessons.

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Buenos Aires is one of those places where you go to live. And it is the first city on this trip, I have indeed added to my list of citites I would like to live in.

I stayed in Buenos Aires for over a week, which compared to most people in BA was a very short visit. Most people in Buenos Aires seemed to be either doing or starting Spanish school, or work; or basically anything that allowed them to stay there for longer.

Buenos Aires does have a European vibe to it, but it is still most definitely a South American city. It is fairly clean, safe (to the extend that any major city is) and has a functioning transport system, even if the metro, or subte as they call it, could cover a slightly larger part of the city.

But most importantly, it seems lively. There are a lot of parks, which are very busy on the weekends and in the evenings with people just hanging around. The streets are littered with small restaurants, cafes and art galleries. And the places seem to have character, instead of just being yet another chain restaurant or cafe (though of course you have those also). And the night life is good, which is what I mostly spent my time exploring.

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That’s the thing, there really isn’t that much of obvious sightseeing to do in Buenos Aires. You can go to a game of football, see tango or visit Boca, but it’s just more the city and its people that you want to explore. And that’s why I full heartedly immersed myself into exploring the night life which, it turns out, was really good.

The one thing you have to do in Buenos Aires, is go check out the Recoleta cemetery, and if this sounds a bit macabare thing to do, well it is, but at the same time it isn’t. The Recoleta cemetery is where all the rich and famous of Buenos Aires have been burried for quite a while. And the graves themselves display this, as they are more like miniature cathedrals and houses, instead of gravestones.

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And while there, you have to go see the grave of Eva Perón, who was played by Madonna in the movie Evita. But here is a woman who was actually given the official title Spiritual Leader of the Nation by the governent of Argentina. I mean you have to do something pretty spectacular to earn such an honour. 

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Her grave itself is easy to find; while it is fairly unimpressive compared to many of its neighbors, it is covered in floweres and there is a massive queue to it. The Argentinian people still seem to love her.

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One Comment

  1. Nicely written. As you say I think the best thing to do in BA is just to wander around and take in the city as bar the one or two highlights there are no amazing things to see but everything is very good. The nightlife is one of the best I have come across
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