Published April 10, 2009
Hey guys, have you noticed how all of a sudden people are wrapped up in scarves and coats?
It’s crazy to think that people would consider leaving the house in anything more than a t-shirt in this weather, as it’s still reaching the early twenties most days.
Today it’s a sweaty 20 degrees, even more so if you’re buried in layers!! I get the impression that people here don’t dress according to the weather on a day-to-day basis, but they follow the seasons.
I remember when I arrived it was pretty Baltic, and as it started to warm up I put my sweaters back in the closet and pulled out the flip flops much to the dismay of other porteños. However, the first official day of spring arrived and I could almost smell the excitement from BsAs citizens at being able to wear flimsier clothes without feeling stupid, despite it not being any hotter than the week before!
So now that autumn is here I’m making the most of wearing my flip flops, as I know that when the ‘official’ winter kicks in, I’ll have to hide them to avoid any dirty gringo stares. Make the most of it, everyone! Even Bosephus is following my advice and has had his havaianas on at every opportunity!!
Published April 2, 2009
I think even Bosephus would be put to shame by the array of marble on show in Recoleta Cemetery.
This eery yet breathtaking corner of one of the most respectable neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires is a must-see for everyone passing through the city, if only to see the tomb of Argentina’s beloved Evita which is surprisingly one of the more conservative tombs in comparison to some of the other ‘mansions’ on show.
The huge tombs themselves display incredibly extravagant carved facades and plaques commemorating lost loved ones from the more noble families in Argentina, and as you wander around the shaded blocks you can’t help but notice the stray cats lazing on marble steps in the deceptively strong sun, revelling in the tranquility of one of very few silent spots in Buenos Aires.
The cemetery is best visited in the week, as the weekend sees tourists piling into the area to enjoy the Recoleta market and its assortment of handicrafts and performers. However, the market is not to be missed as many of the items are very reasonably priced and you might just find the perfect souvenir.
Personally, wandering around Buenos Aires in the heat of the day really takes it out of me so I tend to head over to the market in the early evening and just plant myself on the grass to take in the sounds of the musicians dotted around the grass as the sun dips below the skyline.
Published March 19, 2009
One of the reasons that Buenos Aires is inundated with marble statues is because of the Italian influence. States of San Juan, Belgrano, and Simon Bolivar all over town are made of marble.
In the early 20th century, the influx of Italian immigrants fleeing brought their customs to Argentina. This is notably see in the pasta restaurants on every corner, the endless cups of cafe, and of course, marble in every building and on every statue.
Published March 12, 2009
Looking for something to do on a Monday night in Buenos Aires? Well bring your marble-filled pockets to the drum show each Monday. Beers and laid back drumming. Pretty chiiiiiiill.
Published March 5, 2009
Fall! With all the rain February brings, March and April will bring fewer and fewer sunny days. While this might mean slightly more rain, it means cooler days for traveling and some more relaxing meals outdoors. If you’re thinking of traveling South America, now is a great time.
Published February 20, 2009
Making travel plans it can be hard to decide where to go and when. There are lots of forums telling you where and in what way to take your own traveling marble. If you’re looking for some great travel itineraries for South Ameirca, then check out MiniHostels. I found some good advice on there. Just a suggestion!
Published November 13, 2008
Sorry for the hiatus guys! With the arrival of spring, humidity has made its sinister presence known. I thought NC had humidity on lock, but it’s got nothing on Buenos Aires. Riding the subway in the morning is like a sauna. I can only imagine what summer is going to be like.
And the craziest thing is locals down here aren’t even affected! I’m sweating in shorts and a t-shirt, and people wearing full wool suits on the subway are sitting pretty. How does that work?! I’m surprised Bosephus didn’t melt immediately after this picture was taken.