Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and is made up of several different regions, each with its own identity. It is a major art centre, with various art galleries in each of the regions, lots of artisan markets and performing arts. It is also the home of Tango, which you can see across the city from the street performers to a full commercial Tango show. It is also a gastronomic capital with some of the finest steak the world has tasted.
We spent each day exploring the different regions, from the bohemian San Telmo district filled with antique stores to the affluent Recoleta with a giant cemetery containing mosulems the size of small houses, to the party district of Paloma
. Several of our friends from Parque Machia were in Buenos Aires at the same time, so we met up with them a few times, including celebrating the New Year which was great fun, also eating in a fantastic resturant recommended by friends in Buenos Aires, sampling some of the greatest steaks we had ever tasted. We also went by ourselves on another night to a Parrilla (barbecue restaurant) Leo had recommended, which was an eat-as-much-as-you-like restaurant. We arrived at 10pm (everyone eats very late in Argentina) and despite the restaurant being one of the largest restaurants we have seen there was a huge queue, so we had to wait an hour for a seat. Once inside we slowly ate a variety of their vast selection of meat and salad bar and left finally at 1.30am! Another friend also recommended a tango milonge, which involved a lesson to start with and then there was a tango orchestra to which anyone could dance, but as tango is so loved here the people dancing were like professionals and were mesmerising to watch, it ended with a couple of songs with professional dancers doing a short show for the audience; a fantastic night.
Buenos Aires is somewhere we have really enjoyed and felt we could come back here to live, as it is such an exciting city with so much to do and see. We will definitely be back one day.
In Buenos Aires we also rented an apartment, but this time to make it more affordable we stayed for a full week to get the weekly rental rate, but with so much to do and see in Buenos Aires it was just enough time.