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WELCOME HOME: BUENOS AIRES EDITION

We finally made it to Buenos Aires! And it has NOT disappoint!

Chris claims to have dreamt about visiting Argentina for his entire life, so I’m not sure why it has taken him/us so long to get here, but alas, we arrived on October 16, 2018 for our 10 day stay in the city!  

How to Get Around

For those of you who know us well, you likely know that we are not huge fans of public transportation…I mean we will do it when we have to, but in an age of Uber, and no car payments for us, we generally opt for personalized transportation.  Unfortunately, we discovered upon disembarking from our flight (and in general, throughout the course of our trip), that Uber is not totally reliable in BA. It’s available, but sometimes a bit patchy and just generally not as used as it is elsewhere.  

Taxi’s are readily available, BUT, be prepared with cash to pay.  Actually, just in general, be prepared to pay in cash pretty much everywhere in Argentina.

I understand there is a very expansive bus and metro system in BA; however, we did not have the pleasure of experiencing that during our stay in the city.

Where to Stay

When we asked around, people seemed pretty intent that there were two front-runner neighborhoods for first time visitors: Palermo Soho and Recoleta.  As with majority of our stays, we took to Airbnb to discover that our preferred apartments (with a full kitchen, two bathrooms, a gym, and in walking distance to some good eats) were primarily located in Palermo.  

Palermo reminded us a lot of the streets of New York City, but with a Latin/European flair.  It is vibrant, full of trendy stores, cool people, bars, restaurants, discos, and lots of places to Tango (if you go to Argentina and don’t Tango, what are you evening doing with your life??).  We also felt super safe wandering around this neighborhood (day or night), were super impressed by all the incredible street art, and easily found grocery stores, pharmacies, ATM’s, etc. We did walk to Recoleta to visit the cemetery where Evita is buried, and found that it was much more formal (albeit housing a few more tourist attractions), so a little less our speed in terms of posting up.

Our Airbnb was a two bedroom, two bathroom apartment hosted by a fabulous owner (who lives in South Africa), and managed by Elizabeth: an ex-professional volleyball player who also spent some time in the States.  Both the host and Elizabeth spoke perfect English, and the building security was great! The building itself also had a well equipped gym, men and women’s sauna, a pool, an area where several parties were hosted over the course of our stay, and a fabulous top floor work/lounge space that was absolutely stunning (see photo above for the view).

The internet wasn’t great, but we quickly learned that internet in Argentina in general is just not as awesome as elsewhere.  Make sure your video content is downloaded before you arrive, and definitely make sure you are prepared for a longer wait time if you need to use the internet for much more than social media browsing while you are visiting.

Where To Eat

If eating out is not on your agenda, you will miss out on a huge part of the Argentinian culture!  Generally, when we post up in a location, we opt for a couple of meals out, and cook for ourselves majority of the time.  This just didn’t happen in Buenos Aires because the food was just SO good and SO cheap (we had some dinners that were less than $30 total, including salads, main dishes, and wine!).  Also, the parrilla…on the food plan, delicious, and way more convenient than cooking ourselves!

Argentinian’s are known for eating and staying out late! This was a big transition for us as we generally try to eat our big meal early, then only have a snack for dinner.  But alas, new locations sometimes call for new habits, so we adjusted to eating dinner around 8/9pm (which is still incredibly early for most locals, but almost always guaranteed us a good table at restaurants).  These were some of our favorites:

We also really enjoyed just catching an afternoon coffee/tea and empanadas at a local cafe.  Other great must eat/drink snacks/bevvies to try are:

What To Do:

Argentina has a SUPER rich history, and the people are so incredibly friendly, exploring the city was super fun and easy.  Here were some of our favorite activities which we highly recommend:

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