My Love-Hate Relationship with Buenos Aires

We have been settling into Argentina and getting used to the new language, currency, food, and customs.  It’s been a busy two weeks, which is the reason for my lack of posts.

First, we crossed the border from Brazil after seeing both sides of the amazing Iguazu Falls.  They were absolutely incredible.  Indescribable, really.  The sheer power of the Falls as you stood on these hopefully sturdy catwalks out over the water took me by surprise.  On the Brazil side, you got an up close look as you got soaked by one of the Falls as you stood at the top of another.  On the Argentinian side, we stood at the very top (Devil’s Throat) and looked straight down.

The white water, blue skies, and colourful rainbows made for some picturesque scenery.

Then, after a 20-hour bus ride, which felt like what I can only imagine how first class patrons feel on a plane, we arrived in Buenos Aires.

Now, I’ve always wanted to go to both Europe and New York City.  After a week of touring around this gigantic place, I can say that I feel I have visited bits of both.  There are beautiful buildings and more cobblestone plotted throughout the city.  We’ve been through numerous markets selling little trinkets, antiques, souvenirs, beautiful art,  jewelry, clothing, and bags.

The sellers carry friendly faces and smile at our attempts at speaking Spanish (which is going pretty well as we are trying to study as much as we can when we’re not too exhausted from daily excursions!).

The downtown is vibrant with shops galore and more street salesmen (aka: hippies selling their interesting creations).  There are lots of parks to explore, an interesting and freaky cemetery, and free tango shows on the streets!

We even partook in a free tango lesson at a nearby hostel to learn some moves to bust out on the dance floor!

Apparently the steak here is famous and to-die-for (as in, the best in the world), but we actually haven’t tried it yet.  But hopefully, I can report soon!

However, despite all of these positive reviews, my view was a bit dampened by an unfortunate theft incident.  You can’t escape the fact that some areas are sketchy and graffiti covers most public surfaces.  You have to keep your head up, and never get too comfortable.  Always being on guard can get a bit tiring, but I suppose it comes with the territory.

The joy that comes with live music on the colourful streets, and the outdoor restaurants definitely surpassed the disappointment and guilt I felt from the incident.

I’m learning that you need to just start fresh the next day with a fresh attitude and energy to be able to take in what the city has planned for me each day!

I hope everyone has a happy Easter weekend and I will check back in after we move south (in glacier territory!)

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My Love-Hate Relationship with Buenos Aires

We have been settling into Argentina and getting used to the new language, currency, food, and customs.  It’s been a busy two weeks, which is the reason for my lack of posts.

First, we crossed the border from Brazil after seeing both sides of the amazing Iguazu Falls.  They were absolutely incredible.  Indescribable, really.  The sheer power of the Falls as you stood on these hopefully sturdy catwalks out over the water took me by surprise.  On the Brazil side, you got an up close look as you got soaked by one of the Falls as you stood at the top of another.  On the Argentinian side, we stood at the very top (Devil’s Throat) and looked straight down.

The white water, blue skies, and colourful rainbows made for some picturesque scenery.

Then, after a 20-hour bus ride, which felt like what I can only imagine how first class patrons feel on a plane, we arrived in Buenos Aires.

Now, I’ve always wanted to go to both Europe and New York City.  After a week of touring around this gigantic place, I can say that I feel I have visited bits of both.  There are beautiful buildings and more cobblestone plotted throughout the city.  We’ve been through numerous markets selling little trinkets, antiques, souvenirs, beautiful art,  jewelry, clothing, and bags.

The sellers carry friendly faces and smile at our attempts at speaking Spanish (which is going pretty well as we are trying to study as much as we can when we’re not too exhausted from daily excursions!).

The downtown is vibrant with shops galore and more street salesmen (aka: hippies selling their interesting creations).  There are lots of parks to explore, an interesting and freaky cemetery, and free tango shows on the streets!

We even partook in a free tango lesson at a nearby hostel to learn some moves to bust out on the dance floor!

Apparently the steak here is famous and to-die-for (as in, the best in the world), but we actually haven’t tried it yet.  But hopefully, I can report soon!

However, despite all of these positive reviews, my view was a bit dampened by an unfortunate theft incident.  You can’t escape the fact that some areas are sketchy and graffiti covers most public surfaces.  You have to keep your head up, and never get too comfortable.  Always being on guard can get a bit tiring, but I suppose it comes with the territory.

The joy that comes with live music on the colourful streets, and the outdoor restaurants definitely surpassed the disappointment and guilt I felt from the incident.

I’m learning that you need to just start fresh the next day with a fresh attitude and energy to be able to take in what the city has planned for me each day!

I hope everyone has a happy Easter weekend and I will check back in after we move south (in glacier territory!)

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Kristin’s Backpack won 1st Prize for TESL Ontario’s 2011 ESL Week Blog Contest.
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Welcome to Kristin’s Backpack! I jumped on the blogging bandwagon in 2010 to share my Canadian-theatrical-backpacking perspective on my world adventures. With my return to Canada, I will continue to dig into my pockets and reflect on life as it has come to involve Teaching, Travel, and Theatre. Time to unzip the pockets!
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This is what summer is all about- finished a book yesterday and am on to the next today.  I just opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I have been extremely interested in reading accounts that stem from true stories in a dark history that is often swept to the side.  
At the same time, I have been listening to The Maze Runner series as an audio book and have been extremely captivated by the young characters’ circumstances and their view on the world.  
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