Trip Start Jun 30, 2010
22Trip End Aug 25, 2010
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I already knew from various guidebooks that Buenos Aires was a particularly European country, and it's evident throughout. The architecture has distinct Parisian and Italian influences. In fact there are several buildings I'm sure I have seen before from my travels through Europe. It's very out of place in South America, at the same time refreshing - especially the wide avenues after the narrow streets in Bolivia. As a city, I can't say it is something I would immediately fall in love with - mainly because a lot feels too similar to Europe.
On the other hand, I find the people here are a lot friendlier than I had been led to believe. It's true that porteños have a certain arrogance about them, but at the same time a lot more confidence. I'm not quite sure why, but compared to Bolivia and Peru who were somewhat reserved with tourists (yes, there were a fair number of friendly, open people there, but the majority weren't wholly comfortable conversing with a gringo), the taxi drivers, street vendors and hostel owners seem a lot less conservative around tourists.
Buenos Aires is definitely one of those places that requires a second visit to fully appreciate. I have enjoyed the week here, but now it's onto Mendoza.