Alright, it’s a little late, but we’ve been so busy in this crazy city that we totally forgot to do our traditional “After One Month” questionnaire. Buenos Aires is nothing if not distracting. Here are some of our thoughts about Buenos Aires, after having had time to become acclimated.
Mike: On one of our first days, standing next to the obelisk on the Avenue 9 de Julio. A gigantic mega-street the width of an entire city block, with the craziest traffic I’ve ever seen. An appropriate introduction to Buenos Aires.
Jürgen: Our first night-time bus ride from Palermo back to San Telmo. I’ve never driven in such exhilarating public transportation. And I got a ton of great pictures during the ride!
Mike: Almost too much to choose from, but I’ll go with the Fugazza pizza. Cheesy and incredible.
Jürgen: Thick, perfectly cooked lomo steaks, with dulce de leche for dessert!
Mike: It sounds naive, but the level of poverty shocked me. We’ve seen entire families basically living in giant trash piles, right in the middle of the city.
Jürgen: You can be on Paseo Colón, with all its noise and traffic, but then walk 20 minutes to Costañera Sur and feel like you’re in the wildest nature. Today, I saw a wild turtle while jogging there.
Mike: Waiting in a huge 2-hour line for a Boca Juniors ticket, only to learn that tickets were restricted to club members. (And, of course, the hotels and tour operators who resell them for 4x the original price!)
Jürgen: None of the porteños we’ve met dance tango. And most of them laugh when we ask them. Too bad, that cultural aspect of Buenos Aires is lost on the younger generation… but understandable. I don’t wear lederhosen or do the Bavarian knee-slapping dance!
Funniest / Weirdest
Mike: I can’t get over the Vesre, reverse-talk. That’s just a total oddity; so interesting and fun.
Jürgen: When I say “thank you”, people say “no”. Took me awhile to understand that they mean “no problem”.
How Expensive? From 1 (cheap) to 10 (expensive)
Mike: 3. Almost everything is super-cheap, except for clothes… which I’ve found to be comparable to the US.
Jürgen: 4. Getting four cuts of incredible meat for 16 pesos is unbelievable.
People from Buenos Aires are…
Mike: … crazy drivers! And very, very good-looking.
Jürgen: … pretty patient when it comes to understanding my poor Spanish. Muy amable!
Buenos Aires in Three Words
Mike: Chaotic, Massive, Fascinating
Jürgen: Huge, Green, Loud
I’m sure that our opinions will change and evolve over the course of the next two months! We’re about to welcome a couple visitors from Germany, and it will be interesting to see if they share our opinions about BsAs. If you want, we’d love to know what your answers to these questions would be! Leave a comment with your thoughts!