Trip Talk - 10 Days in Buenos Aires
I was lucky enough to travel to Buenos Aires for just under two weeks. Spending such a hefty amount of time abroad in a single city offers a unique opportunity to dig deeper than the typical tourist sites and really peer into the daily hum of a foreign city.
Argentinian fashion was quite the experience. The country experiences the opposite seasons from the Untied States, so our winter is their summer. Stores were filled with summer apparel with a strong 90s mix. I couldn't tell if they were ahead or behind, but since fashion turns back, I can safely say they're both.
The nation's capital, Buenos Aires is home to amazing federal buildings and classical architecture.
It wouldn't be a trip to Argentina if I didn't spend time engrossed in the life and death of Eva Peron, Evita, a leader beloved by her people decades after her passing.
Just like any American City, Buenos Aires is a metropolis with extreme wealth and extreme poverty. Despite all of the pinterest posts of La Boca and the many recommendations we received from friends, the neighborhood didn't live up to the hype. Yes, the brightly colored buildings and vibrant historic builds lined the busy streets, but there was a sheen of dirt and sadness I couldn't look past. Low income residents sold t-shirts, unbathed women offered tango dances and children on the street played with deflated soccer balls. Most residents sat outside and smoked.
The street markets and food of Buenos Aires were astounding; this city has some of the best artisans I've ever encountered.
Not to be outdone, the city has phenomenal cultural offerings, from museums like MALBA to concert halls, like the Kirschner Cultural Center. We even had the opportunity to sit close enough to the symphony I could read the sheet music from the second violinists.