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As I mentioned some weeks ago, I traveled to Argentina and visited Buenos Aires.
This was the first time I visited another country (in a proper way), and here's some aspects of the trip I'd like to share.1-
The roads. They're in very good conditions, and mostly go straight... they go straight for hundreds of kilometers! The pampas argentinos
are an amazing view for drivers and passengers, and as far one can see, there's not a single mountain. Plain land stretching into the horizon + sunset with few clouds on the sky = incredible scenery.2-
The food. If you like meat, you'll be in paradise. Most restaurants there serve big, huge steaks (plus french fries). The meat is tender and juicy. Their chorizo
made of beef tastes like heaven.
Tastes. Like. Heaven.
In all places I got to eat, the food doesn't have much salt on it. But whatever.
Ah, and don't you forget the alfajores!
The architecture. The buildings in Buenos Aires all have an european look. Although I never went to Europe, Buenos Aires looks like a place you would find in Europe. In Brazil you don't get to see many european-styled buildings, so Buenos Aires is a very cool city IMO. Some areas look pretty fancy. 4-
The places.Puerto Madero
, beautiful place to spend the night, go out for some dinner. Cementerio de la Recoleta
, interesting place, full of tourists. The mausoleums are excessively... excessive. It's still weird to vistit the Recoleta Cemetery because, well, it's still a cemetery.Caminito
, happy place! Most people I saw there had a smile in their face. Colorful buildings, couples dancing tango... the Caminito is the right place to buy souvenirs and handicraft items. A
It's also the place where my camera's batteries died... and I could find new batteries there. Pfff, I just took two photos of said place.Calle Florida
, full of stores, full of people trying to trade currencies (Brazilian Real, Euro, US Dollar to Argentine Peso). Avenida 9 de Julio
, the widest avenue in the world. One could expect chaotic traffic in here... but nah. It's crowded of cars, yes. But not chaotic, at least nearby the Obelisk
.Delta del Paraná
, nearby Buenos Aires. You ride a boat through the canals, and get to see interesting buildings on islands. It's a city without streets, the houses are built on islands, and they're connected only by the river. Even the supermarket is a boat!5-
The cars: The streets are flooded with taxis, and everywhere you look you'll find an old Peugeot or an old Renault. Argentina also got/gets some cars that aren't available in Brazil. I've seen some 90's Rover cars there. Newer Seats and newer Alfa Romeos are sold in Argentina, but not in Brazil.
Most cars in Argentina are silver, just like here, but I liked to see how easy is to spot a blue car there.
BTW, the Renault Fuego
Trying to buy diecast miniatures in Buenos Aires. I went to Argentina expecting to find some Matchbox cars to buy. And I did find some. But they were old models, 70's and 80's Matchbox miniatures. Found them in downtown Buenos Aires. When I asked the price, the lady in the store surprised me. "Wha..? US$ 50 for each!?
. No, thanks.
I also found a place that only sold miniatures, and I spent almost an hour looking at all the models in there. The old man who owned the place had thousands of diecast cars, most of them 1:43 scale models. In the end, I decided to buy an Opel Vectra B Caravan, 1:43 scale. The pricetag on the box had the number 60 written on it. Just the number 60. I thought "Well then, 60 pesos are worth 30 reais, which are worth 15 dollars. Sounds good!
". That's when the old man told me "So you want this car? Ok, that's 60 dollars... for you, this miniature costs 350 pesos.
C'mon! What the heck!? US$ 60,00!?!? Why didn't the pricetag said already "US dollar"? I gave up, and left the store without buying a single model.
Weird thing, I didn't found a single Hot Wheels miniature on sale in Buenos Aires! And no Matchbox (new Matchbox).
But I did found some miniatures in Argentina, that aren't sold in Brazil: got myself three Majorette
cars, a Toyota Prius, a Peugeot 407, and my favorite, a Dacia Duster.7-
As a side note: I couldn't ignore the ammount of posters and graffitis all over the city, saying that the Islas Malvinas
(a.k.a. Falkland Islands
) are argentinean territory, not british.
This has to do with the most recent war in South America, the Falklands War
, back in the early-80's.
I was born in 1991, in Brazil... so I didn't get to "live" that time period.
Mind you, back in the 80's, during the Falklands War, Brazil was watching the dispute very carefully. No one knew how big the dispute could get.