Escape of the Week: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Written by on February 15, 2012 in Escapes, Guest Posts - 3 Comments

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post from Rease Kirchner. If you are a writer and interested in providing a guest post, please  contact me

Up until very recently, I was living as an expat in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Whenever people find this out about me, there first question is, Why Buenos Aires?

Allow me to (attempt to) explain.

Buenos Aires is a city full of life. This city is constantly moving, yet somehow slower and less stressful than my life was in my much smaller city back in the US. The city of Buenos Aires parties hard, doesn’t take work too terribly seriously, and relaxes like a champ.

The crowded streets after Argentina won a World Cup game.

Dancing with one of my best friends, Magu (pink hair) in our favorite club.

Although Buenos Aires has a misleading name, as the air is actually quite polluted, I still think it can be really beautiful. It certainly had its days/areas that I might want to retract this statement, but most of the time, Buenos Aires was just an awesome place to walk around. It’s important to remember to look up too, otherwise you’ll miss out on some great architecture.

Awesome street art in Buenos Aires.

Bosques de Palermo Lake

It would be ridiculous for me to write about the merits of Buenos Aires, Argentina without mentioning the wine. The wine is cheap, delicious and an integral part of every meal. I loved that getting a bottle to share between friends was not only economical, but something we did without hesitation.

Toasting to a relaxing day with my friend Jenny.

And of course, I wouldn’t be me if I did not highlight my absolute favorite thing in the world, but especially in Argentina: ICE CREAM.

Argentina is up there with the likes of Italy, France and Spain when it comes to the quality of ice cream. Not only is the artesian ice cream absolutely incredible, it’s everywhere! There is no need to hunt down a specialty shop because you’ll stumble upon a place every few blocks. No one buys ice cream in the supermarket because it’s not even in the same league as the stuff you can get at an ice cream shop. Plus, they deliver! Kilos of artesian ice cream, right to your door! I have literally dreamt of a world like this, then I discovered the world exists, and it’s Buenos Aires.

I want this again. Right now.

Getting there: Buenos Aires is a major hub in South America, so there are always flights going in and out. If you are traveling through South America, you can grab a really cheap bus from any nearby city or country and if you are coming from Uruguay, there are boats running between Buenos Aires and Colonia or Montevideo several times a day.

About the Author: Rease Kirchner is a US Citizen who spent the last year and a half living the expat life in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is fluent in Spanish, overly snarky and more in love with ice cream than anyone you have met or will ever meet. She likes to keep it real and keep her readers laughing. You can follow her at @Travelated, @TravelatedRease and on her site, Travelated.com.

About the Author

Diana Edelman is a travel writer and expat currently residing in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In 2010 she quit her job in PR to go on a solo backpacking adventure and tackle her 30-Life-Crisis. After seven months abroad, journeying throughout Europe and Africa, she returned to America and relocated to Las Vegas. Following a year-long stint back in PR, she once again quit her job to follow her dreams; this time her journey took her to the elephants and Elephant Nature Park where she is involved with raising awareness about responsible elephant tourism. Recently, Diana was named a finalist in the Destinology Travel Bloggy Awards for travel writing. She has been a regular contributor to Viator and recently served as the Las Vegas contributor for OneTravel.com and CheapOair.com. Her work has appeared in print and online, including The Huffington Post, Matador Network, Travel + Escape, Vegas Seven, World Nomads and more.

3 Comments on "Escape of the Week: Buenos Aires, Argentina"

  1. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures February 17, 2012 at 8:23 pm · Reply

    I would seriously stop talking to someone who said “Why BA?”

  2. Diana March 10, 2012 at 7:05 pm · Reply

    I know how much you LOVE BA!!! I hope to make it there one day!! <3

  3. SoloMate Travel June 13, 2012 at 6:37 pm · Reply

    A lot of people tell me that you must be careful in Buenos Aires, especially if you are traveling solo. But you seem like you adjusted very well to the city! It might help that you speak fluent Spanish too!

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