When I first got to Buenos Aires, I hated it. I was having a really, really tough time. Adjusting to life in the new city was a lot harder than I expected it to be (which, TBH, was much more my fault than the city’s), and I just could not manage to find my footing that first week. No one spoke English, the streets were confusing as hell, and I couldn’t find a vegetable to eat if my life depended on it. But the more BA started to stretch me out of my comfort zone, the more I started to fall in love with it. Here, on my last day in this magical city, are nine reasons why I am </3 </3 </3 to leave.
The Street Art
I live in a neighborhood called Palermo, and you can’t walk a single block without seeing at least one stunning mural. They take grafitti very seriously here, and I feel like I’m finding new pieces to fall in love with every time I go outside. It’s technically supposed to take me 20 minutes to get to work, but it ends up taking me 45 because I stop so many times on the walk to take pictures of the street art.
Last month, I went on this intense vegan kick and decided I was never going to eat meat, cheese or eggs ever again. It was going great for 36 straight days (go me!)… Until I got here. Within the first 12 hours, I was digging into a full Asado meal. They don’t fuck around with their meat in Argentina, and their barbecues put the usual American affairs that we’re all used to to shame. The meats are salted and then cooked on a fire grill for 10-ish hours, and I can genuinely say it’s the most delicious food I’ve ever had.
If it hadn’t been the meat that destroyed my healthy lifestyle, the empanadas definitely would have done me in. They are sOoOo good, and SO cheap. There’s a place across the street from my apartment that sells these delicious cheese and onion ones for $1, and I am fully addicted to them. Last week, I was having a pretty rough day, and one of my friends showed up to my apartment with a box of like, 20 of them to cheer me up. It was the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me in my life, and it obviously worked.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that #dailywine has very, very much become a thing. The Malbec here is flowing pretty much nonstop, and you can get a decent bottle for $4 (FYI — it’s good that it’s cheap because it goes down so smoothly that it is HIGHLY possible to gulp down an entire bottle before you even realize what you’re doing). The only issue is that the hangovers are brutal because Malbec is so high in tanins, but it’s honestly worth it because of how well it pairs with the meeeeeeats.
After living in Asia for four months, I consider myself a street market connoisseur. One of my all-time favorite things to do in a city is wander through the markets and look at local goods, especially when they involve clothing and accessories. I spent a lot of time at the Sunday markets in both Palermo and San Telmo looking at jewelry, handbags and crystals and sipping on maté.
There’s a street in BA called Murillo that is filled with leather shops with the softest, most afforable leather of life. This bag was $90, and I got a REAL gold leather jacket for $120. Favorite things I’ve ever owned, TBH.
I know it seems like we just covered this, but the #boutiquegame in BA is even better than the markets. There’s a street in Palermo, where I live, called “Nicaragua,” and every storefront is a cute (but expensive) little boutique. The style here is chic, but kind of over the top, which I like to think is me in a nutshell. There’s also a store called Chicco Ruiz, where they sell shoes made out of all kinds of crazy fur, which I walk by every day and lust after like CrAzAyYyYy.
Little known fact about me: I wrote my master's thesis on cemeteries (… my advisor called me the "princess of death" ☠️), so seeing Recoleta has always been at the 🔝of my bucket list. There are 4,000+ stunning mausoleums like these, and each of them feels like they were carved out of their own little piece of history. The coolest, IMHO? The boxer who had a life-sized bronze statue built to commemorate him. It's a really, really beautiful place unlike anything else in the world, and a must-see in BA. (Trust me. I'm the expert. 🤓)
Ok, this is a weird one, but bear with me: The Recoleta Cemetery, which I would argue is the biggest tourist attraction in BA, is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. It’s this enormous place with over 4,000 tombs dating back to the 1700’s. I went there on a Sunday with one of my friends, and we spent hours wandering through the maze of mausoleums. Some of them are still completely in tact, complete with fresh flowers, while others are in a depressing state of disrepair. It was basically like having 300 years of history all in one place, and I swear it isn’t as creepy as it sounds.
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So, I’m newly single, and I can say with full confidence that there is no better place on the planet to get over a breakup. The guys here are just. so. hot. They’re also sweet (on dates, I’ve been treated like a #queen), flirtatious AF and very, very good kissers (or at least, that one guy was). I should probably stop gushing about cemeteries and eating so many cheese and onion empanadas if I want to continue making out with sexy Argentinians, but whatever.