In mid-December I flew from Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires to take Spanish lessons and start my Argentinean adventure. Buenos Aires, shortened to Bs As by locals, is a large and grand metropolis with many different neighbourhoods. The architecture, parks and monuments of Recoleta, where I stayed most of the time, gave the area a European feel. Below are some of my favourite photos of the city.
Floralis Generica, a large sculpture with petals that open and close
A group of people kneeling (praying?) in front of the imposing University of Buenos Aires Law Faculty building
Argentinean steak has a fantastic reputation, one that steaks I ate in restaurants did not meet. Pictured above is the best steak I ate – perhaps the best I have ever eaten anywhere. This tender morsel was cooked at my homestay host Pilar’s relative’s house for a pre-Christmas party
Christmas eve late lunch with fellow Spanish students (in Argentina dinner usually doesn’t start until after 9pm)
La Recoleta Cemetery, the home of Eva Peron’s tomb along with that of many other important Argentinians
There are five sets of pedestrian lights to cross to get from one side of the world’s widest avenue (9 de Julio) to the other
Another view of 9 de Julio Avenue, this one featuring an image of Eva Peron on a tall building and many traffic lights
Argentina’s poor contemporary economic history and import restrictions mean many old cars are still on the road including this classic ute seen in Palermo
Dining with my former boss who was visiting Buenos Aires prior to moving to the city for her next job
Centro Cultural Recoleta statues
A couple playing guitars next to a monument and across from statues
Dusk lighting the redeveloped suburb of Puerto Madera
A fashion model in need of a good feed being photographed on a Puerto Madera bridge
I look forward to reuniting with Buenos Aires in a few weeks.