Travel Tuesday: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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I have been traveling since I was 8 years of age, since I went to Ireland for the first time with my family. In that time span, 17 years, I have visited over 15 countries and four continents, some of which were very hard to reach. I decided I travel enough that I can have a post once a week about where I have been, or maybe why you should go there. If you’re thinking about traveling, or would like to try learning about a new place, here you go.

me, packing.

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In 2013, I visited Buenos Aires, Argentina for a 10 day trip to support the World Federation of Mental Health Congress there. In the city, I found delightful food, interesting human interaction, incredible beef and wine, and an illustrious passionate way of living that I tend to reflect upon and sigh with content. It’s a good way of life.

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the President was a woman at the time of my visit, but the house was always pink.IMG_5251

 

I met Juan Pablo Garcia from working in a restaurant in Hunter, NY. He’s Argentinian and when I was traveling to Buenos Aires, his hometown, I knew I would see him. Luckily for me, his brother is a professional cyclist and was in Hawaii at the time of my visit, so I had the chance to stay in a lovely suburb of BA with Juan, my personal tour guide, during my visit.

my good friend Juan Pablo and I, on board an old ship

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my lover*, Mauricio and I, with the guards at the President’s house (*he is gay)

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el Obelisco de Buenos Aires, in the heart of the financial hub

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his gorgeously dressed candy seller in the streets in Palermo, a hip arts district where I stayedIMG_5278

The neighborhood of ‘La Boca’ was interestingly artful, and had so much fresh fruit and fish to offer up.

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By the third day in BA, I was riding the bus alone, walking around the Financial District for hours, enjoying the salsa and tango music in the streets ( and bursts of dancing too!), and reveling in the beautiful art in Palermo.

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El Mueso de la Malba still remains the best museum I have ever visited. The amazing thing for me when I walked in was the stark contrast of cool, modern, white walls, and the highly interactive art displays set up around the building.

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Frida Kahlo is an amazingly beautiful and courageous artist. Someone said to me once, ” I felt her energy radiating off the art.” I think this is accurate, because when I stood in the room with all of her beautiful artwork around me, it was like time stood still for me to meet her. I loved it.

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Muu Lecheria, the hippest soda and burger joint in Buenos Aires
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Patagonia, Mendoza ( the wine country), and Uruguay, not to mention more time in Buenos Aires, are all on my ‘someday’ list for when I return to this amazingly hospitable country.

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