Hi again! First and foremost, I apologize for the delay in posting last week! Without boring you with too many details, my computer also decided to take a vacation, crashing the minute we landed! Please learn from my mistake, and make sure your computer is frequently backed up to an external hard drive! Fingers crossed the “geniuses” truly are geniuses, and are able to retrieve my photos! Eeeeeek!
I can hardly wait to share with you more from our awesome trip to Argentina! We visited Buenos Aires, Mendoza & Cordoba during our stay. All were so different from one another and equally wonderful! Let’s start with the “Paris of Argentina,” Buenos Aires!
Buenos Aires is a thriving, cosmopolitan city that we adored on our visit! Below are a few fun facts you may not know about this vibrant capital. EnJOY!
- As mentioned in the previous post, BEEF is what’s for dinner…breakfast & lunch! Note that portions are extremely generous, so order family style for the table. Also, dinner is typically served anytime after 9pm!
- More Malbec, please! Malbec is the drink of choice, and the wine lists certainly don’t disappoint! In Argentina, the “three-martini lunch” is the “three-malbec lunch!”
- Dulce Leche–need I say more? Argentina’s #1 dessert that is outrageously divine! So many crazy delicious desserts that I cannot wait to experiment with and share!
- Aside from the food scene, fútbol is like a religion in Argentina. The nation boasts with winning two World Cups and is filled with screaming fans!
- The Argentine Peso is their form of currency. This is a very ‘interesting’ system, and I’m still not sure we have it figured out! Regardless, it is always a good idea to have a little currency cash prior to landing wherever your travels take you.
- Buenos Aires is becoming a very green city! They have bikes for a complimentary 1-hour rental in the heart of the city for all to enJOY. Avenida 9 de Julio (July 9th Avenue) is BA’s largest avenue and is also the widest avenue in the world. It is filled with chaos as performers juggle fire in between cars during stop lights, and many sections are closed due to the hundreds of protests (very common–about anything and everything)! Oh, and I’m not sure why they took the time to paint lines on the road as this means nothing to Argentineans–they drive in between lanes. Definitely an adventure!
- BA is a large melting pot as it stretches more than 75 square miles. Roughly 85% of Argentine population is European, hence the lovely European architecture.
- The Ballpoint pen was founded in Argentina.
- TANGO originated in Buenos Aires and is the cornerstone of the vibrant nightlife!
- Siestas are taken after lunch, and many businesses close for about 3-4 hours! We wanted to take this tradition home with us!
If you’re looking for a WONDERFUL tour guide of the city, I highly recommend Sebastian: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sebastian has the most energetic personality and was filled with knowledge! His English is great too!
Overall, Buenos Aires is a must see in South America! Never a dull moment!