ARGENTINA #6 . . . IF YOU'RE GOING TO SPEND A MONTH IN BUENOS AIRES, THE "PARIS OF SOUTH AMERICA" . . . Here's a post with a lot of pictures, summing up some of the things we've learned about Buenos Aires during our month here. Although we saw lots of Buenos Aires, we sort of followed our own interests as first-time Buenos-Aires tourists in deciding how to spend our free time. That's why you won't find anything in this post about certain elements of Buenos Aires that are emphasized in the travel books, e.g., soccer, polo, tango, mate, or the all-night-long nightlife. (We're not opposed to all-night partying--it's just that we were traveling with a four-year-old and he had to get to bed. Next time we'll stay out all night, in addition to, possibly, watching some soccer and drinking some mate).
This post is loosely organized around themes -- walking is the first.
1. WALKING --Buenos Aires has a population of about 13 million people. If you go and want to get a sense for how the locals live, you'll be doing a lot of walking. Although taxis are everywhere, you'll get to see a lot more of the city if you walk as much as possible. The city is nicely laid out in easy-to-navigate, grid-like city blocks, so it's easy to take a different route every time you leave your hotel or apartment. At the end of the day, you might find yourself completely exhausted from the exercise. If you're like us, you'll use this an excuse to get some ice cream. Ice cream is very popular in Buenos Aires, with fancy ice cream stores every three or four blocks in any direction.
Here's a shot of Andrea and Sam, walking in the streets around our apartment in Recoleta.
More after the break, including a look at the law school in Buenos Aires (number 10) . . .