Buenos Aires has been the best discovery so far from my year living in South America. And the best part is that it takes me less than two hours to get there from Santiago, Chile. And even with that, I have been there less times than I would like to.
As a city, Buenos Aires has always called my attention. I knew it had something special, something different from any other big city, since so many artists are deeply in love with it. I definitely don’t consider myself an artist, but I have never felt a bohemian aura like I did in Buenos Aires anywhere else. Furthermore, I have grown up listening to artists like Joaquin Sabina that, for some reason or another, have never hidden their love for this city.
Cadiz, the city that saw me grow up, was once a very important and rich city. During the beginning of commerce between America and Europe, it was the main port where all the ships from the new world would arrive. However, once that port was moved to Seville, it vanished. But the legacy of those good old days can still be seen in its streets and stately buildings. Buenos Aires has a similar vibe.
Its streets, cafes and European-style buildings… makes it feel like you’ve left Latin America and have just time traveled to Europe, fifty years in the past.
Every time I travel to a new place, I assess whether I could see myself living there or not. It’s pretty unfair, mostly because there are so many factors that you would never know until you actually live there, but in this case, Buenos Aires wins. I do not know whether I will be living there soon or in twenty years, or whether I will live there for a few months or a few years, but this city made it to the top of my list. I can definitely see myself running a Sunday routine: having breakfast at London City in Avenida de Mayo, walking down to the San Telmo market, taking the subte to El Ateneo Grand Splendid Bookstore (an old theater turned bookstore -highly recommended) in Recoleta and then eating dinner at La Cabrera in Palermo.
Despite what you hear about Argentina and their endless and countless economic problems: their default, their dual currency exchange rate, their galloping inflation… Despite all that, I have the feeling that Argentinians are more cosmopolitan, […] and friendly towards foreigners than their neighbors on the other side of the Andes.
These are some of the pictures I have taken from my recent visits to Buenos Aires. I took them with my cellphone so they are not in high quality. I recommend booking a flight to see them in high definition. Oh, mi Buenos Aires querido, cuando yo te vuelva a ver.