I Could Totally Live In… Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sep 29, 2013 by

The “I Could Totally Live There…” feature on my blog went dormant for much of this year whilst I went through a blog upheaval, rejuvenation and migration. I went traveling the world and mostly paid no attention to this feature… until recently. As it were, and as we are all psychic (and most just don’t accept or acknowledge that), I had been thinking about this feature and about revamping it the last couple of weeks. I wondered who I might ask to contribute. I’ve met so very many interesting people through blogging; the abundance of places and experiences I could draw from them is limitless. In my psychic-ness, as I was thinking about all this, someone contacted me out of the blue to contribute, and not about just anywhere, but about Buenos Aires, a much loved city I visited during my own South American travels.

Sam and Zab, a lovely pair from Britain who I’ve recently connected with have opted to share their love of this grandiose city, and I am very excited to share their words and photos with you. They touched on some of my favourite parts of the city, and if you’ve never been to BA, I have no doubts that you too will love this place. It’s big, it’s beautiful, it’s bold, it’s gritty, it’s glamourous. It’s got it all.

Take it away, Sam and Zab.

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What makes Buenos Aires a place where you could live and not just visit?

It’s just such a cool city! It is large enough that you can find pretty much everything you need and more, but still feels like a manageable size to get to know reasonably in a few weeks, especially because it is divided into distinct neighbourhoods that all have their own feel and character. It also has a really fantastic street art scene, as well as some top class vegetarian restaurants, things which both attract us to a city! And for a South American city, it has pretty good public transport that is well integrated and very cheap.

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What are 3 must-do things in Buenos Aires?

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1) Visit Recoleta cemetery, the final resting place of many notable Argentines, including most famously Eva Peron (her grave is actually marked with her maiden name Duarte, so you might not notice it at first!)

2) Check out the Sunday market in San Telmo that closes off the streets to cars and where you can find quirky gifts, antiques and, after dark, watch ordinary Porteños (locals of Buenos Aires) tango in Plaza Dorrego for free!

3) Spend some time in the well maintained public parks, of which there are many, especially in the Palermo neighbourhood.

What 2 things must you eat in Buenos Aires?

1) Alfajores or rogelitos a cookie usually made of corn flour with a dulce de leche (milk caramel) centre.

2) I suppose many people would tell you you must eat steak, but we’d say instead that you should check out the vegetarian food scene, which for South America, is surprisingly diverse and creative. Our favourite restaurant for this was Artemisia.

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What is 1 of your favourite memories in Buenos Aires?

Since we rented an apartment in Buenos Aires we had the freedom to cook and have guests over for dinner, which we did many times. Most of our good memories from the city revolve around meeting old friends and making new ones, which is part of why we felt so at home there and as though we could live there!

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An enormous thank you to Sam and Zab for giving me a proverbial kick in the pants with this blog feature. It’s been wonderful reliving BA!

Sam and Zab are a British couple who have been together for over 8 years, and though they’d never properly lived together before, they decided to fly to Buenos Aires on one-way tickets to travel indefinitely together in January 2013. Their site, Indefinite Adventure, is where they chronicle their journey, write about the places they visit, the food they eat (preferably vegetarian, organic and locally produced) and the people they meet.

Don’t forget to also follow them on twitter, like them on facebook and find them on foursquare!

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Would you like to contribute to this feature? Email me at colleenbrynntravels@gmail.com, and tell me about a place where you could totally live.

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12 Comments

  1. Sam

    Thanks so much for featuring our post, Colleen! Hopefully it inspires some of your readers to visit Buenos Aires!

    • Colleen

      I hope so too. I would love to go back one day. There is just so much world to see!

  2. Zhu

    I developed a major addiction to Alfajores, medialunas and dulce de leche when in Argentina. I liked Buenos Aires a lot, it’s a great city. That said, I got tired of the food… too much meat, no enough veggies for me (potato is NOT a veggie, people!). I love the Argentinean accent too.

    • Sam

      Luckily, the city has started to develop an excellent vegetarian food scene, and we found, especially in Palermo, it was very easy to find good quality food made with fresh and local fruits and vegetables. Argentina is actually a great place for growing so many things due to its huge range in climate zones, so it’s nice to see that the capital city is finally catching on to the fact that many people (not just tourists) don’t want to only eat steak and is taking advantage of the natural resources of the country.

  3. YES YES YES!!! Three cheers to BA! 🙂

  4. A friend of mine once brought me Alfajores cookies from Argentina and I found them so tasty.

  5. That makes two of us <3. Although I've never been to Argentina, I did a presentation 2 years ago for my Spanish class about Buenos Aires and I simply fell in love with its landscape and the food. Wish I could make it there soon to practice my Spanish 🙂

  6. I think Hannah read this before deciding she wanted to move there on “Dexter”. If you didn’t watch “Dexter”, sincere apologies at his makes zero sense.

    • Colleen

      I do watch Dexter… but I’m not caught up… I’m a student with no TV who relies on netflicks (streaming online has never been reliable for me!)… so I am waiting for new episodes! I will revisit this comment when the time comes.. haha!

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