I hate Buenos Aires when…

July 18, 2007 by · 19 Comments 

Sometimes Buenos Aires can be a bitch

Diva specifically requested that this photo wasn't rotated

With great honor, Diva, of Buenos Aires Through My Eyes (AKA Bitchtours) fame, is welcomed to the blog as a guest poster. She loves Buenos Aires, but sometimes, like all cities, it has its annoyances…

1. I order a dish from a menu and they don’t have it

This is not something unusual here, even in fancy restaurants. You spent 10 minutes deciding what you’re gonna have and when you order the waiter gives you this look like you’ve pronounced a forbidden word and then says: “I’ll check if we have that”.

How come? It’s on the menu, the only thing I would eat right now is that damn dish and you don’t have it? Give me a break.

2. I buy something in a kiosk and they give me candy instead of change because they don’t have coins

Mr. or Mrs. kiosk: I’m buying a pack of Lucky Strikes and a diet coke, do you think I really want candy? Maybe we should do what a friend suggested the other day: Keep all the candy in a jar and then try to buy my cigarettes with them.

3. The taxi driver tells me that he doesn’t know the street I’m trying to get

Taxi driver: Corrientes and Anchorena? Hmmm… I’m not sure where that is.

Me: That’s the Abasto.

Taxi driver: Abasto? Is that the place where there are horse races? Excuse me, but I’ve been driving this taxi cab just for 3 days and I don’t know the city very well…

That’s the oldest trick in the world, dude, at least in Buenos Aires. I know what you are doing. You are testing if I know where I’m going. I do know, and I also know the fastest way to get there so cut the crap and drive.

And then you are going to tell me that you’ve just started your shift so you don’t have any change. Don’t worry, I have lots of candy…

4. The TV in the subways

Oh my god, that’s annoying. Maybe you are visiting and you don’t have to take the subway like most of the locals do (anyway you won’t escape from the taxi drivers). They have these TVs all over the place repeating the same crap every 5 minutes. From stupid music videos to political propaganda, from fashion shows to a coach teaching people how they should dress in order to get a job. All kinds of uninteresting programs that last 30 seconds.

I would get a taxi cab if it wasn’t that they probably won’t know the address I’m going to.

5. Bad graffiti

Hey you, the guy that paints the walls in such a messy and ugly way: If you are going to damage private property, at least do it with some class. Haven’t you seen all those wonderful stencils around Buenos Aires? Those guys try to add something to the world, they carefully design what they are going to paint. What you do is just stupid. I hope the police caught you while you are damaging another wall. If you have things to say, go get a therapist, because nobody wants to know what you have to say.

And that’s it. I could go on and on, but this is not my blog so…

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Dear readers, what do you hate about Buenos Aires?

Buenos Aires Videos

June 15, 2007 by · 8 Comments 

Some Cool Online Videos Shot Around Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires Videos from Geobeats

For an inside look at the city of Buenos Aires, check out these online videos for many different travel destinations around the world, all compliled on a website called Geobeats. They have an excellent video section on Buenos Aires, with many videos from around the more famous barrios of Buenos Aires, including spots on hotels, restaurants and museums. All of the videos of Buenos Aires are very professionally done and pretty informative. There is only so much of an idea you can get about Buenos Aires or Argentina from the text and photos, so before you take the plunge and come visit, use the videos as a preview.

Standout Videos of Buenos Aires from Geobeats

Start out by screening a few of the more impressive visuals in Buenos Aires:

MALBA, in Palermo

The fantastic Museo de Arte Latinamerico en Buenos Aires:

El Ateneo, in Recoleta

The biggest bookstore in Latin America:

Confiteria Las Violetas, in Almagro

A stunning cafe with top-notch pastries:

Enjoy those videos of Buenos Aires! (and check out some more over at Geobeats when you can)

Buenos Aires to London by bus?

June 14, 2007 by · 2 Comments 

That’ll be a return bus ticket from Palermo to Islington please…

Red London bus in the Palermo parks, Buenos Aires

Fear not, you didn’t miss the news about a new transatlantic bridge from Argentina to England. Let’s face it, structural considerations aside, it’ll never happen.

So, if there isn’t a running bus route from Palermo to Islington, then what’s a traditional old red double-decker London bus doing in Palermo, Buenos Aires, of all places? Read on…

No one knows!

After a quick phone call to the cellphone number posted on the side of the bus (it’s for sale), no details have been revealed. The man on the other end of the line recounts that the bus has been in Buenos Aires for many years, since before he joined the company that’s now selling it. Other than that, he didn’t know too much about it’s background). It was uncovered that during its time in Buenos Aires, the bus has mostly been used for filming adverts or movies that need to look like they are set in London, and for other assorted events.

London Bus for Sale in Buenos Aires

In fact, it will cost you a pretty peso if you wish to purchase this fine specimen of British automotive history. The bus is listed as 110,000 pesos (about US$37,000, or approximately 18,500 of the Queen’s British Pounds), and you can drive it away today. Just think of the fun you could have racing it against the crazy colectivos in Buenos Aires.

UPDATE: If there really are any interested parties out there, you’re out of luck. **The bus is no longer there, and it appears that it has been sold.**

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