Buenos Aires

18 Oct

Chocolate covered strawberries, my favorite since I first grew teeth and learned how to chew. And on a stick! Delicious and convenient.

Let’s get right down to business. Buenos Aires is delicious. Anyone who knows me knows that I have a deep love and appreciation for the culinary arts, particularly for the sweet concoctions. Here in Buenos Aires I have found true love.

Bakeries abound on every street you walk down, and for someone like me it’s impossible not to stop in and sample their goods, for research, of course. Puffy, flaky pastries, cookies, scones, muffins, and my ffffffffavorite: medialunas, which is their version of a croissant. And try as you may to behave and be good and resist the temptation of a delectable sweet, just order the cafe con leche instead, you shall fail. For every coffee, tea, milk, etc., that you order is served with a delicious little cookie of sorts. So…not my fault.

I’m gonna eat you.

And of course, we can’t overlook the gelato. I’m not a huge ice cream fan (oddly enough), but out here it’s amazing, created in an array of interesting flavors, and also served on every corner. Be prepared, though, for the dreaded,  nevertheless well-worth-it tummy ache. I’d do it all again in a heartbeat. I’m eying a scone right now, actually.

Aside from the sweet treats, of course, there are countless things to admire about Buenos Aires. It’s a vibrant city with the perfect blend of old and new, filled with people who are warm, helpful and have an impressive zest for life. Dinner starts at 10pm, and showing up at a club any earlier than 2am is just embarrassing. Rarely do people drive here. Instead, everyone walks from point A to point B, giving this city a strong sense of community and a love for being outside together, enjoying their city. And believe me, there is no shortage of amusement here. A stroll down any street will boast an ongoing showcase of live music, tango dancers, clowns, comedians, artists, crafts, antique fairs, farmers markets, gorgeous buildings….and on…and on…and on…

Johnny Depp anyone?

Every weekend the streets are filled with artists selling their crafts.

I love his hat, I love his sweater, I love that he’s sitting there making his jewelery.

An antique man and his antique bookstore.

Little handmade shoes.

This cotton candy man was so cute, I couldn’t resist taking a picture. Cotton candy made right there on his bicycle.He was cool before the food truck craze.

Farmer’s market.

Farmer’s market.

Puerto Madero-right next to where I’ve been staying.

La Boca.

The streets of Buenos Aires filled with people.

Beautiful buildings like this are everywhere in BA.

And here is me 10 minutes after arriving to Buenos Aires after a 20 hour bus ride.

Sadly, my time in this beautiful city is up. Time to move onward and westward!

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One Response to “Buenos Aires”

  1. Kai October 19, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    Well, my little travel writer has evolved! You write very nice prose, April. It’s interesting and you find yourself wanting to read more. That’s the hallmark of a good writer: get the reader’s attention and keep drawing him deeper into your story. 🙂

    And your picture taking isn’t bad, either. You could get a job doing this, you know? Sadly, I can tell you from my own experiences, you’ll most likely never get rich doing this. But you’d have a ton of fun, I’m sure. And to me, that’s worth more than wealth. Now if only I could combine the two somehow …

    Maybe you’ll find a a way. Anyway, I enjoy reading your travel reports, so keep up the good work.

    Love and miss you very much.

    Dad

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