Spotlight on Argentina: Top Five Reasons to Go to Buenos Aires!

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I recently had the opportunity to spend a month in Buenos Aires, Argentina. While I wasn’t taking a TEFL course, I was working full-time at BridgeArgentina, took Spanish classes, and lived with a host family, so I feel like I did get a glimpse into the life of an IDELT student. Here are my top 5 favorite things about the city.

1. Transportation

It’s very easy to get around the city, whether by bus, subway, or just by walking. Every fifth street, both north/south and east/west, is a main avenue, making it easy to find out where you are by simply walking a few blocks in any direction. Public transportation is both fast and cheap. Even taxis, which are absolutely everywhere, are quick and relatively inexpensive.

2. People

Not only is the staff at BridgeArgentina friendly, fun, and enthusiastic about what they do, my host family was incredibly inviting and full of fun ideas of how I could spend my free time in their city. My Spanish instructor, Jonathan, was funny, interesting, and a great teacher. Though other people, like waiters and bus drivers, weren’t overly friendly, I never had a bad experience with any of them. Also, everyone I met was very patient with my limited Spanish, so I quickly got over any fear I had of speaking and making mistakes.

3. Palermo

One of the neighborhoods near downtown, Palermo, was my favorite place to visit during my stay. It has a college town feel, with numerous restaurants, cafes, and fashionable stores. I was also impressed with the modern beauty and architecture of the Puerto Madero neighborhood, and the historic, colonial feel of San Telmo.

4. Cafes

I love coffee and Buenos Aires has it on practically every corner. One of my favorite things to do is go to coffee shops and read or write. In Buenos Aires, I could take a bus to almost anywhere, walk in any direction, and be fairly confident that I’d find a café within a few minutes. Not only is it widely available, it is also commonly served with water and cookies, which is a practice that coffee shops in the U.S. should seriously consider adopting.

5. Alfajores

If you’ve never been to Latin America or Spain, it’s possible you don’t even know what these are. In Argentina, they’re basically sandwich cookies with dulce de leche spread in the middle, but trust me when I say that description doesn’t sound nearly as appetizing as they are. I probably came close to eating one of these tasty treats every day I was in Buenos Aires and I brought several dozen back home with me. If you get a chance, I highly recommend you give them a try!

June 12, 2012