A couple of weeks ago I spent a few days in Buenos Aires as part of a work trip. It was quite a shock to the system going from a cold England to a very hot Argentina. When I arrived in there on the Sunday morning after a long air conditioned flight, it was already around thirty degrees celsius. Not the kind of temperature you adapt to quickly. Fortunately both the taxi and the hotel room ensured a more comfortable temperature.
In the afternoon I ventured out and caught the Subte (Spanish for underground) to the center of the town and started my walk around at the Plaza de Mayo which has been in its current from since 1884. Though it does date back to around 1608. From there I made my way to Obelisco de Buenos Aires, passing many old buildings that have been well maintained. Two very strong themes in the city is Evita Paron and the tango. Unfortunately did not get to see any tango, but one has to leave things to do on subsequent trips.
Though I didn’t get much of a chance to venture out during the week, I did manage to get down to the river to get some long exposure shots of the sunrise. I did have to wake up early in order to have enough time to walk there before the sun started rising, but it was well worth it.
Buenos Aires itself is a great city. The people are very friendly, though it does help to know a bit of Spanish which I did not other than a few phrases from the guide book. The food is also excellent and if you venture away from all the regular tourist traps, you are guaranteed to get some great food which is very reasonable. I can highly recommend the hotel I stayed in – Urbanica Suites. The room were big and clean and the staff were helpful and friendly. I will definitely be going back and hopefully next time get more of a chance to be a tourist instead of being stuck in an office.