Buenos Aires Jet Lag Journal
A+S’s foray to Argentina was filled with street art, strolls through antique markets, Evita inspirations and, of course, renowned Argentine steak. Take a gander at our latest Jet Lag Journal to see a modern, contrary city: yuppie and cosmopolitan on one corner, falling apart and forgotten on another.
The sidewalks were so crooked and filled with dirt and rubble that looking around at the architecture while we walked was an impossibility! These sidewalks were a metaphor for Buenos Aires: the city was beautiful and energizing, but look too close and you’ll find the chinks in its armor.
El Ateneo, a historic theater, is now home to a splendid, palatial bookstore. Yes, almost all of the books are in Spanish, but that doesn’t mean that an English-speaking bookworm can’t browse! Plus, there is a delicious restaurant on the former stage.
Below are a few shots from Recoleto Cemetery, one of the most circuitous, unique spots in Buenos Aires, where you can wander through rows of tombs without spotting another person. It is the home of the familia Duarte (Eva Peron’s family), as well as above-ground marble mausoleums and beautiful stained-glass tombs. And – true to Buenos Aires form – graves that seem as though they were raided, with broken glass, cobwebs and rubble, and – most unsettling – crooked or smashed coffin lids.
For details on Evita’s influence on the city of Buenos Aires, as well as a perfect New Year’s Eve celebration, check out our first Buenos Aires Jet Lag Journal entry.