Early thoughts on Buenos Aires

We have an extra few days in Bueno Aires. I’ve been looking forward to spending some time in this huge South American metropolis.

We’re staying in the well to do neighborhood of Palermo. We’ve only been here for about 36 hours, so here are a few of my initial observations:

This is still very much a cash based society. In the UK I rarely take cash out and almost always use my card to pay for everything. From what I see of Argentina it’s the exact opposite. When trying to pay with my card I had to show ID to prove I was the person named on the card, luckily I had my driving license with me. Then I had to wait for several minutes for my card to go through and leave my phone number on the stores’ receipt so they could call me if there were any issues. I assume this is to stop bank fraud which is ultimately beneficial to me but it’s very different to the tap and go spending habits of mine in London.

This leads me nicely to my second observation, everyone assumes I should speak Spanish. I appear to blend in quite easily among the locals here and none of the areas we have been too seemed overrun by tourists. Which while it makes the whole experience more authentic it does, however, mean we have to speak Spanish…which I can’t. If I have to reveal my name or they see it on my bank card then I do get looked at like I’m an alien cause with my large frame, dark skin, Spanish surname and impeccable fashion sense (see next point) locals think I’m a local or at least from another part of the continent.

The locals all appear to have an impeccable sense of fashion and are very well dressed. It’s like all of Argentina united and some point and said they were going to dress well. I’m yet to notice anyone wearing anything too big or too small for them. All the Argentines I’ve come across appear to take great pride in their appearance. Everyone just looks classy.

MarkElephantAs you can see I’ve always been a fashion icon and am fitting in well in Buenos Aires.

The whole city seems sport mad. Argentina is well know as a football powerhouse with some of the best players in the world hailing from the nation. The rivalry between Buenos Aires superclubs Boca Juniors and River Plate is legendary around the world and symbols of the local clubs can be found everywhere. Football isn’t the only sport in town, Buenos Aires has it’s own Super Rugby team the Jaguars. The super rugby season kick-offs in the middle of the month and before that the Argentina national team is playing in the America’s cup. From local media and what I can observe there is also an interest in boxing, tennis and motorsport.

20180202_175500.jpgArgentina & Man City legend Sergio Aguero appears* to have a street named after him.

Still got loads more exploring the city to do and I’ll report back in more depth when we have.

Mark

*I don’t think this street is named after Sergio Aguero

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