A few days in Buenos Aires
I must admit that when I arrived in Buenos Aires for a business trip in 2011 I thought I would find at least a bit of resentment. I thought that the Falklands War would mean a British person would be treated a little badly and made to feel “not exactly welcome”.
I could have not have been more wrong.
The immigration officer at Buenos Aires airport smiled and said “ah, you are British” as he stamped my passport and then he added with no sense of irony – “a very warm welcome to Argentina”.
He set the standard. No one I ever met during my visit had anything but positive things to say about the UK.
In return I found a truly wonderful city which, despite everything that has been thrown at it, retains a great vibe.
So here, in no particular order, are 13 things I did in the Argentinean Capital.
1 – Snacked on coffee and a medialuna (Argentinean croissant) at the Café Tortini, the city’s most traditional café. It was founded in 1858 and is very bohemian!
2 – Paid homage to Evita at the Presidential Palace – Casa Rosada
3 – Ate intestines and beef kidneys – Absolutely outstanding !
4 – Visited Boca and paid homage to the great (eh ?) Maradona
5 – Watched Tango performed live on the streets
6 – Rode the Subte underground. Re-acquainting myself with the old Marunouchi line trains from Japan (exported here) in the process.
7 – Dined in style at one of the great restaurants in Palermo.
8 – Got a luxury bus out of the city (to see a customer) to Rosario
9 – Sampled gorgeous Dulche de Leche !
10 – Ate amazing steak and chips at the Palace of the Patata Frita (accompanied by superb Malbec wine too)
11 – Reflected at the monument to the Malvinas (Falklands) conflict
12- Sampled the local brew. Delicious Quilmes Beer.
13 – Marvelled at beautiful Retiro Station.