- Hello everyone! I missed you all while I was in Argentina with Angus. What an amazing place to go.
Buenos Aires is an absolutely beautiful city. Architecturally, it really reminds me of parts of NYC, particularly the Upper East Side. What’s really different is that there’s greenery EVERYWHERE; the trees are closely spaced together and they grow as tall as some the buildings. Even though it was midsummer there and often over 90 degrees (F), the streets were so shady that it was comfortable.
Speaking of it being midsummer, I really can’t overemphasize how AMAZING it was to have access to seasonal, fresh produce I normally only eat in July/August. I had fresh fruit every morning for breakfast and tomatoes every day with either lunch or dinner.
There were a few major cultural differences that I hadn’t expected to be as difficult as they were. Argentinians eat dinner WAY later than Americans; we usually went to restaurants around nine and were invariably the first people there. We never really figured out how to not be too famished or too full before dinner.
The men there were also much more aggressive about hitting on me. The guide book had warned about this, but I didn’t think I’d care; I grew up in NYC, after all, The Land of Catcalling. But it actually got to the point where we would avoid streets with too many men. The leering really bothered Angus.
Overall, it was an amazing trip. We walked a lot–probably about 6 miles every day, exploring the city–but we also rested a lot, reading books and enjoying the summer. It was my perfect kind of vacation/trip; there was enough exploring to keep it interesting, but not so much that I didn’t feel rested afterward. I was very sad to leave, but the ache was mitigated by the fact that we flew business class home (thank you rewards programs!).
It was my first time every flying business class and it was actually one of the most exciting thing to happen in my life. I told Angus it rivaled getting proposed to (which he was not impressed by).
Okay, this post is getting on the lengthy side, so I’ll have to update you all at some other point on the whole healthy-living thing (which this blog is supposed to be about!). I will say though that it’s rather strange to go from midsummer to New England winter overnight!