Buenos Aires, Argentina
What I knew of Argentina before traveling here was only what I had learned from Evita, thanks to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The theme song of “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” plays in my head whenever I think about Buenos Aires - apologizes, now you will probably have it stuck in your head too!! Neither Devon or I knew what to expect, but we were excited to explore the city which we had heard was very European, and known for delicious beef!
By happenstance, we spent a solid amount of time in Buenos Aires. The food, the culture, the tango, the hustle and bustle of the city, and not to mention the nice weather - what’s not to like?! After camping and hiking through Patagonia for a month, we were both relieved to feel the warmth and sunshine again. A few highlights for us were:
• Visiting the San Telmo Market.
This market was PACKED on the weekend, very similar to Granville Island in Vancouver, BC. We got to see San Telmo on a Sunday when they have a vintage market, and vendors selling art and other goods line the streets.
• Watching a tango show.
When in Rome right!? We went to an intimate show at El Viejo Almacen, which was full of lively music and dancing. The band had not one, but TWO accordionists (yes, accordionists is a word). We were both in awe of the fancy footwork of the dancers; we definitely now have some inspiration/intimidation for our upcoming wedding...
• Going for a steak dinner (or two!). One of the best parts was enjoying one of the finest wines on the menu for only $15 CAD!
The amount of meat is astounding...we watched a documentary that stated that Argentinians eat approximately 70 kg of meat per person...per year! I wonder if any of them have seen the documentary Cowspiracy, or would consider "Meatless Monday"?
• Walking around Palmero Hollywood and SOHO and enjoying all the bright coloured and trendy cafes, bars, and restaurants. And getting our daily fix of Chori...so deadly.
• Experiencing Carnival and getting sprayed by aerosol cans of what we believe to have been soap and water...
• Exploring the city's main tourist attractions and taking advantage of the FREE bicycle share program.
• Meeting up with our Aussie friends we met hiking in Chile. Sadly I don't have a photo of this! It's been so much fun meeting other travellers along the way - we have managed to run into friends both intentionally, and unintentionally this trip which has been so serendipitous!
• One of the other highlights for us might seem silly to those of you reading this...but actually getting back into a “normal routine” of buying groceries, making dinner, going to the gym, doing laundry, reading a book, etc was really refreshing. It feels crazy sometimes to “waste” a day doing mundane chores or catching up on social media or current events when you are halfway across the world in an amazing new and exciting city...but there is also a lot of relaxation and rejuvenation that comes with the experience of taking time to take care of yourself. At the beginning of our trip I think we put a lot more pressure on ourselves to see and do as much as possible. With time, we have come to learn that there is so much more to travelling than checking off a list of “must see” and “must do’s”. Travelling is always a balance of time, money, energy, and interest - and we have realized that it is so unique to the individual traveller.