We recently had the chance to embrace a very well known aspect of Buenos Aires.
The barrio known as, Palermo, is one of area of Buenos Aires’ most popular places for bars. Friday night we spend AR$ 100 to participate in the Buenos Aires Pub Crawl. Don’t be surprised if it turns out to be the best 100 pesos you spend in Buenos Aires
The pub crawl took us to three bars and ended up at a club, but the best part about the crawl, was the people you meet from all over the world. We met people from Norway, Australia, Germany, England, Mexico and Brazil. And I can’t forget to mention the Porteños. (Porteños are those who live in Buenos Aires).
Before coming to Buenos Aires, I frequently heard about the great beef you can get in Argentina. It was probably the most steak I’ve eaten in a long time and the price for all the food? $35 USD. A bottle of Malbec is a great compliment to the red meat.
We also made it to Chinatown on Sunday for the last day of the Chinese New Year celebration. There were so many people, we didn’t get very far, but did find some Chinese food very similar to what you would get in the US.
Las Islas Malvinas
An interesting development to watch since I arrived last week, is the approaching 30th anniversary of the Falkland Islands (Las Islas Malvinas, in Argentina) conflict. It’s quite interesting to read both country’s papers and see how each are reports the issue.
David Cameron has said, “…what the Argentinians are saying recently…is actually far more like colonialism.”
Some South American ports have even blocked ships flying the Falkland Island flag.
The situation gets even more interesting when the U.S. is brought into the conversation. A large U.S. company, based out of Houston, wants to start drilling for oil on the islands. (Warning: article is in Spanish) This would, however, come with an agreement from a British company that grants the rights for oil exploration. All this oil discussion comes after the continual neutral emphasis from the U.S. government itself who wants a bilateral discussion/resolution (as I learned from today’s US Embassy visit).
Now my Spanish isn’t good enough to completely understand the objectivity of the articles (there are many others than the two linked above), but if I ventured a guess, the tone of both country’s papers is not on the same page.
Coincidentally, the day we stumbled across the 1982 war’s monument in Buenos Aires, the discussions were just beginning to heat up about the conflict.