I just can't get enough

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

It is no secret that I love countries filled with indigenous culture, crumbling architecture and that lack modern infrastructure and luxuries.  So most people, when they heard I was going to Argentina, did not expect me to like Buenos Aires.  A big city, with over 12,000 people, Buenos Aires feels like a mix of Italy, London, New York and South America.  It's FANTASTIC.  After two days in the city, I actually felt like 'wow, this is a place I could LIVE'.  The culture of the city is fascinating and each neighborhood has so much character.  I found the people much more friendly than I expected (based on the rumors about them being arrogant and stand-offish).  I was pleasantly overwhelmed by art, music, dancing, beautiful people, and of course: mate.  [If you don't know what mate is, check out a quick run down 
http://www.argentinacafe.com/Background/argentina-yerba-mate.htm].

Some of the highlights of my time in Buenos Aires included: 

San Telmo Market - an antique market that happens every Sunday in the San Telmo neighborhood.  There is also a huge crafts market attached.  It's probably lucky that I only have my pack with me because I'm pretty sure I could have furnished a nice size house with all of the stuff that I found there and loved.

La Boca - A neighborhood with bright colored houses and a lot of character.  Yeah, it's very touristy but still really interesting and fun to walk around in.  Totally worth an afternoon!

La Bomba Drum Show - I have movies attached because it is hard to describe this event but every Monday night this incredible drum troupe gets together to perform and a warehouse is filled with thousands of people jumping around, sweating profusely and rocking out to the music.  I happened to go to the show right before Carnaval so in true Argentinian style the show didn't start until 12:30 and ended at 4am.

El Ateneo - A famous bookstore on Santa Fe Ave.  It used to be an old theater and now is just filled with books.  I dunno if I believe in heaven, but this place seemed pretty close.

Boca Junior Futbol Game - I figured that one of the most important cultural understandings in Argentina is there appreciation of Futbol and most importantly the Portenos (people from Buenos Aires) LOVE for their Boca Junior team.  So I decided if I was going to pay a lot of money for one night in BA, it was going to be going to a soccer game.  I went to a game against Newell's Old Boys (from Rosario - a town about 4 hours north) and it was one of the most incredible events I have ever been too!  I'm trying to post videos of that too so hopefully you can have a look.  I was so lucky and even got one of the goals on video! 

Recoletta Cemetery- Beautiful above ground graveyard in Recoletta.  It's a bit creepy but so interesting and unique.  It's also where Evita is buried (and tons of other famous Argentines).

During my time in BA I also got to meet up with an English friend I traveled with in Ecuador and Peru and 2 Argentinian girls I met in Colombia.  
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