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Lovely Aspects of Buenos Aires

E. and I have lived here for almost eight months now. This city has a magical aspect; I told a friend tonight that I’ve never heard a person say, “Don’t move to Buenos Aires–you’ll regret it!” Most people who have visited or lived here have also succumbed to its charms.

Perhaps it is always this way when living in all cities: there are days I love it here and days I detest it. Residents often say that there is no purgatory here–it’s either heaven or hell.

Inspired by J’s lists on Water and Soul, here are some things I love:

  • Coffee usually includes a little glass of sparkling water and a cookie.
  • Water is served in wine glasses. Every meal is a special occasion.
  • Dogs are everywhere, and they all seem to get along.
  • Piropos, or compliments on the street, are commonplace for women of all ages. “Hey Beautiful!”
  • People don’t yell at you if you squeeze yourself into the last free inch of the subway.
  • The laid back response to adversity. Go with the flow. Queue up and wait your turn.
  • The waiters’ and waitresses’ no-rush attitude toward their tables. The objective is to enjoy the food and company.
  • Passion for futbol.
  • A kiss on the cheek for hello.

What are (or were) some of your favorite aspects?

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Fútbol en Vivo: Boca vs Racing

Fútbol is a way of life in Argentina. Other sports don’t hold the allure or fervor that fútbol evokes here. Two teams dominate the media–the rivalry between River Plate and Boca Juniors. River Plate recently had the distinction of winning their league, the Clausura, title on June 8 against Los Estudiantes team.

Football stars are treated like superheroes. Lionel Messi is the national fútbol hero at the moment, a deft player. Diego Maradona, the fallen fútbol phenom of the eighties, is still revered. It’s impossible to go a day without seeing his name in the news and celebrity tabloids.

E. and I watched a game against Boca Juniors and team Racing in May. It was exhilarating. The game was held in the Bombonera stadium in La Boca. Bombonera means “Bon bon box” in español, which seems to be a nod to the revelry and indulgences held inside. Boca Juniors colors are Argentine blue and yellow jacket yellow.

Boca Fans Section

 

The stadium can be a little dangerous for girls and women.

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