The Best of Buenos Aires

Olympic Rings

I admit I had a slow acclimation to Buenos Aires. It was not love at first sight, sort of grew on me slowly. Surprisingly, at the end, I felt sad and reluctant to leave. One month was not enough. There was still so much I did not see or do, so much yet to explore. My take-aways — the things that will stay with me, what I enjoyed the most — were the friendly people and the continual visual experience.

Congeniality abounds

People were generally welcoming and helpful. Most made an effort to communicate despite our lack of a common language. The women in the dance scene were especially supportive.
Buenos Aires greeting Socially, everyone greets each other with a hug and and kiss (on one cheek). I mean EVERYONE, even the people you’ve just met on your first introduction. Enter any party and it takes several minutes to make the rounds — “Buen día. Que tal?” Hug. Kiss. Repeat. I offered to shake hands but after a few awkward encounters, I fell in. I kissed my Spanish teachers, my tango instructor, the staff in our hotel, and their family, and friends. Give it a chance and it opens your heart.

Art is everywhere

No matter where I walked, I passed some form of artistic expression. The city is filled with statues and sculptures, street art and murals (commissioned or not), and landscaped public parks.

The promise of discovery lured me, encouraged me to take a different routes and risk getting lost just to see what was painted on the walls of the next street, what monument might be standing in the next square.

Encyclopedic architecture

The hop-on-hop-off bus, corny and touristy as it is, gave the best overview of the distinct neighborhoods, each with its own character. Sitting on the top deck and not having to worry about where I was walking (most sidewalks had uneven pavement or giant potholes) made sightseeing easier and I got a better view of the interesting, eclectic architecture.
Tour Bus

They have an English clock tower, a Greek Revival obelisk, and a Neo-classical National Congress building that resembles the Capitol in Washington, D.C. One of the most surprising structures is the Palacio de las Aguas Corrientes. It looks like the Palace of Versailles and serves as a water pumping station. You can also find Spanish Colonial, Art Deco, Italian, French, and 21st Century Modern buildings. It’s all here.

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Don’t cry for me (for sadly leaving) Argentina. Valparaíso, Chile is next!

13 thoughts on “The Best of Buenos Aires

  1. Tenekia March 7, 2018 / 9:02 pm

    I’m in awe with the photos and you look amazing! With the Flu going around here in NC I will skip the cheek kisses for now :). Wishing you an awesome time in Chile!

  2. Elizabeth Hitt March 8, 2018 / 12:38 am

    So proud of you my intrepid friend!

    • accidental goddess March 8, 2018 / 6:37 pm

      Your intrepid friend might be coming home sooner than expected. Watch for an update on FOX & FRIENDS… haha.

  3. Michele Carlo March 8, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    Nice job!

    • accidental goddess March 8, 2018 / 6:36 pm

      I am only two countries behind!!

  4. hotlantamax March 8, 2018 / 10:13 pm

    Sounds like a worthwhile place to visit and very familiar. In fact had you visited Santiagp, Chile you would have been amazed at the similarity of art everywhere and architecture.

    • accidental goddess March 8, 2018 / 10:43 pm

      Yup. I think they have a real “street art” passion here.

  5. Nancy Greenman March 8, 2018 / 10:19 pm

    LOVE, LOVE reading your posts and viewing the photos. Enjoy Chile, see the mountains and the beach, if you can.

  6. Bonnie Kelly March 10, 2018 / 6:26 pm

    This website shows off your professional abilities!!! I feel like I’ve really gotten a feel for the city. Can’t wait to hear more.

  7. Bonnie Kelly March 10, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    Too bad I’m such a bad typist “rally”.

    • accidental goddess March 11, 2018 / 4:17 pm

      No worries. I have editing control and corrected it for you.

  8. Lydia Tricarico March 12, 2018 / 2:59 pm

    It’s too bad you might have to cut your trip short, but you can’t say what you’ve experienced thus far hasn’t been amazing. I have thoroughly enjoyed your descriptive narrative and photos. Enjoy the rest of your adventure.

    • accidental goddess March 12, 2018 / 3:46 pm

      Oh yes, I am definitely having an adventure! The paradox is that the more you do and want to share, the less time you have to write about it.

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