Don’t cry for me Argentina – Buenos Aires

Teatro Colon

As I walked along the streets of Buenos Aires, “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” the famous song from the musical Evita, was my soundtrack through the city.

Don’t cry for me Argentina
The truth is I never left you
All through my wild days
My mad existence
I kept my promise
Don’t keep your distance

I had parted ways with the British couple and would discover Buenos Aires on my own.  Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and the second largest city in South America after Sao Paolo. After a month of discovering the southern part of South America, it was nice to reach an urban area and enjoy the diversities of a city.

Sights and sounds of Buenos Aires

There are so many sights in Buenos Aires and it’s great to discover them on foot.  Casa Rosada, also known as the “Pink House,” houses the executive branch of the government of Argentina. 

Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires, Argentina

During Juan Peron’s first presidency, the balcony in Casa Rosada was frequently used by his wife, Eva Peron, to address the people of Argentina.  I took a free tour of this building and when I reached the balcony, I started to sing the lyrics of “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” but was quickly rushed away as it was not a singing tour.

After walking along the city center and viewing the many parliament buildings, Obelisk, Teatro Colon, and parks, I made my way to Recoleta Cemetery.

Recoleta Cemetary

I have found that through my travels, if you are looking for a famous landmark, you should follow the hoards of tour groups.  So began my stalking adventures. I followed a group of tourists as I knew they would all try to find the grave of Eva Peron.  And indeed I was a lucky lady.  I saw the grave and paid my respects (I decided against singing those Evita lyrics although I had to bite my tongue) and went around the cemetery to view the elaborate houses and buildings that would house so many important dignitaries.

The next day I made my way to El Caminito, a street in La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires. Caminito is a popular tourist attraction with its colorful houses and grand culture.  This area is also culturally famous for the tango music.

I was fortunate to be in Buenos Aires on a Sunday!  As such, I had a chance to visit the San Telmo fair which is visited by 10,000 people each Sunday. I walked along the streets with Ruthie, a New Yorker I met in El Calafate, Argentina.  We were supposed to meet at a subway station, but we both missed each other. As I was viewing all the treasures sold along the streets, I saw out of the corner of my eye, Ruthie’s red coat.  Ta-da!  I was lucky to bump into her after our failed connection.  We then enjoyed each other’s company-especially bargaining with the vendors.  You can find all sorts of antiques, leather products, clothing, and food.  We even had a chance to see some tango in the streets!

Tango near San Telmo Fair

Eat your heart out in Buenos Aires

Meats and Treats-When in Argentina, you have to eat steak. Yet again for the 25th time, we ventured out to another steak restaurant. After hearing some great reviews, we visited La Cabrera, a grill and bar in the neighborhood of Palermo.

Yummy Steak at La Cabrera

We arrived to the restaurant before the 9PM rush-hour dinner. Yes, dinner starts around 9PM in Argentina.

There were also side dishes-veggies and garnishes.  For dessert, the waitors placed on the table a big tree of lollipops.  It was like Christmas!  

Break Time-It was a nice Monday afternoon and I decided to take a break.  One of the most famous and oldest cafes in Argentina is Cafe Tortoni.  This cafe was visited by many intellectuals such as Garcia Lorca, a famous Spanish poet. 

As I was sipping on my hot chocolate (yes- coffee still has a very extreme effect on me), I could see that the cafe has preserved the feel of the past.  And the perfect snack with my drink was the churro, a Spanish doughnut.  Delicious friedness

Churros at Cafe Tortoni

My adventures in Buenos Aires would come to an end, but I was excited for my new adventure with my 17-day tour to Rio de Janeiro.  Will the people like me?  Or will they find me to be too short?  To be continued…

Next stop:  Uruguay

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About Jan

In 2004 and 2010, I set aside time to travel the world in 3 parts. In 2004, I traveled to Thailand, Europe, and Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. In 2010, I traveled to 3 continents: Asia, South America, and Africa. I am not sure if I have a fascination with the number 3, but I seem to be constantly traveling by numbers.
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