Posts Tagged ‘ buenos aires ’
Garufa Grill: Buenos Aires meets London
6 responses - Posted 09.13.11

Today, I visited Garufa, an Argentinian café that has sprung up in Highbury since I’ve been away. It actually opened around two years ago and is brought to us by the same people that launched the very successful Buen Ayre in Hackney. It was oddly exciting to discover it, sitting directly opposite the house where […]

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“The Paris of the South” & other travel cliches
13 responses - Posted 07.19.11

Basra, Iraq – “the Venice of the North”. Photo from WikiCommons. Did you know that “Bogotá is the Athens of South America”? Apparently, it’s because of its many universities and libraries. And, maybe if you squint a bit – while taking very hard drugs – its brick bullring could look a little bit like the […]

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The dark side of Buenos Aires boutique hotels
3 responses - Posted 05.18.11

A hotel spy? (Credit: vollefolklore on Flickr) Boutique hotels: they are typically such safe, clean-cut places. But, hold on, there is a dark side, according to this recent video report by BBC travel programme, Fast track. Buenos Aires’s boutique scene is now so fiercely competitive that some have resorted to dastardly techniques. “[There are] indications […]

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Pato: Argentina’s little-known national sport
no responses - Posted 05.08.11

If anyone is struggling to picture how a game described as a cross between polo and basketball might look, this video will give you an idea. The longer story on my first day out watching a tournament of ‘pato’, Argentina’s national sport, can be read in this Postcard from Argentina, published in yesterday’s Financial Times. […]

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The pub quiz comes to Argentina
7 responses - Posted 04.06.11

If you are English, you take the concept of a pub quiz for granted. For this reason, I didn’t explain in much detail to my Argentine housemate when I took her along to her very first one in Buenos Aires. We were halfway there on the underground before I explained the system of questions and […]

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Argentine women take to the streets
no responses - Posted 03.31.11

Photo: Obelisco, via Wikicommons Victoria Rachitzky There are protests every day in Buenos Aires. It is said that you can actually make a living in this city from renting your services out as a rallying frontperson or drummer to whatever cause needs to get their voice heard. As  a tourist, it can be part of […]

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It’s hip to be local
5 responses - Posted 03.29.11

Here it is proof that “going local” is fashionable. I spotted this “I love locals” t-shirt being worn by someone on the streets of a hip* part of Buenos Aires last week.

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Does tech make travel less interesting?
1 response - Posted 03.12.11

Photo: Flickr Creative Commons by Daquella Manera Is the world a more or less interesting place for traveller today? That was the question that the Guardian was asking at the weekend. It was an interesting debate – featuring travel writers Jan Morris and Pico Iyer – among others. I added my two-penneth too, as the […]

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Does the world need a new Buenos Aires?
3 responses - Posted 01.08.11

Bogota: it’s the new BA. Photo by Candor on Flickr. Do we need a new Buenos Aires? Two stories were published yesterday suggesting we do. Mexico City is the new Buenos Aires apparently. And Bogota is the new Buenos Aires too. The Mexico piece includes an outcry at the $149 entry fee for Americans. I […]

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The day Buenos Aires stood still
3 responses - Posted 11.08.10

Imagine closing a city of 13 million people for one day only. It couldn’t happen, right? Impossible?
On Wednesday October 27th, Buenos Aires managed to pull it off.

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