Demorado

Demorado

Arrived at AEP this morning for our flight to El Calafate in Patagonia, but it is delayed by ~3 hours. So we are airport-bound. Go to the next post: Deep South

The Zeitgeist

The Zeitgeist

A few days ago, I posted my thoughts on Buenos Aires, as a place. Now, on our last night before heading to Patagonia, I'm sharing some impressions of The People. It is always dangerous to generalize, especially after only scratching the surface as we have over the last 3 weeks. However, the view that I [...]

Jardin Japones

Jardin Japones

This is our third week in BsAs and in each of the first two, we had a day off for a public holiday.  This week we had a day off because of the paro general, or general strike.  The trains, buses and subways were all shutdown, as were international flights.  So we pretty much had to stick [...]

Grads

Grads

Just a group shot of our Academia Buenos Aires Spanish class, including teacher Paula (seated) and fellow estudiantes, Ana and Hendrik. Today we wrapped up Level 1. Here is my thesis (with corrections from Paula in italics: En Buenos Aires, visitamos muchos lugars (lugares) y vimos muchos edificios y parques.  Pero mi actividad favorito (-ita) [...]

So now you’re an expert on Argentina?

So now you’re an expert on Argentina?

i'm working on consolidating my thoughts on Buenos Aires, both the place and the people. Let's start with... The Place Any big city is in a constant state of re-construction as buildings become old, tired and no longer fit for purpose.  This is certainly true in BA, and especially in our Palermo neighbourhood. Here, many of the older [...]

This Spanish Thing

This Spanish Thing

On the one hand, I am pleased that I can now recognize and understand some of the text I encounter everyday here in Buenos Aires.. I like one of the free commuter newspapers here in BA because it tends to use simple vocabulary, and I can sometimes pick up the gist of the stories. The [...]

Last Weekend in BA Photos

Last Weekend in BA Photos

This weekend we went over the edge.  Tired of showing up to be the first ones in the restaurant, we went out for dinner last night at 12:30 am.  At that time everything happens in black and white.  Here are some shots from Lo de Jesus restaurante. Today we visited El Alteneo bookstore, which is in [...]

Valar Morghulis

Valar Morghulis

After class on Thursday, we went for a walk in the Retiro and Recoleta barrios.  We recruited Ceri to guide us once again. It was interesting because we pass under these neighbourhoods every day on the subte, but didn't realize quite how different they are from both Palermo, where we are staying, and the city [...]

Este Hombre

Este Hombre

After two weeks here in Buenos Aires, I was starting to feel the need for a trim. Este hombre has a small barbershop on the street leading to the cambio. So I stopped by, and now I feel muy bueno.  I just feel bad that I forgot ask his name. Update:  when I wrote this [...]

River Plate

River Plate

We decided that it was necessary for us, being in the home country of Maradona, to go to a fútbol game. Leery of large public gatherings, we signed up for a tour to see a local team, "River Plate", play against "Newell's Old Boys". I had never heard of either team, but have since learned [...]

ENE-O-ELE-A

ENE-O-ELE-A

Last night, Sunday, we visited NOLA, a "closed door" restaurant here in Buenos Aires. This is not really a resaurant, but more like a dinner party in the home of chef Liza Puglia and her marido, Fransisco. For a fixed price of US$70 p.p., Liza and Fransisco treated us to a 4 course meal, with [...]

Rodeo Day

It rained again on Sunday, but we ventured out to Nuestros Caballos y Nuestros Perros, which is an annual event much like the Royal Winter Fair, but focusing solely on doggies and horsies.   I don't know enough about horses, OK I know nothing really, to appreciate the different breeds that were on display, but watching [...]

Being in Buenos Aires

Today we have a special appearance by guest, and first time, blogger.  Over to you, Heidi.... So, we’ve been here a week now and, after the initial shock of being pickpocketed, we’re finally settling into a routine. Here are some of my observations this week: If you’re English, don’t go into any traditional BA restaurants [...]

Sabado en Palermo

On Saturday, we spent some time in our own neighbourhood of Palermo.  We were looking for "MALBA", a museum of Latin American art, but we found "MNBA", the Argentine national art museum.  We went in anyway.  I was a bit underwhelmed; the collection is quite small, but includes pieces by many famous European artists (Rembrandt, [...]

Academia Buenos Aires

After a week of Level 1 Spanish instruction at Academia Buenos Aires, I couldn't be more pleased. The school is located just off the Plaza de Mayo (pronounced "Plaza day Masho"), in the two top floors of an old but well maintained building. Unfortunately, the traditional metal-grate elevator has been under repair during our stay, [...]

Just another dia in BA

Just another dia in BA

Today was a pretty normal day in Buenos Aires. We took the subte to la escuela in the morning, but were told that our instructor Paula had called in sick. Another instructor would be available at 2 pm. So we came home for a few hours. We returned to the Academia, for our class, then [...]

The Pope’s Place

Just a gallery of posts from the Cathedral in Buenos Aires; you know, the place where Papa Francis used to hang out. Of course you can take a Pope Tour of the city now, and see, among other things, where Francis used to buy his daily newspaper. Go to the next post: Just another dia [...]