Tango, Milanesas, Asado and Uber in Buenos Aires, Argentina
If you’ve never been to Buenos Aires leave alone Argentina then you need to read on.
I landed in Buenos Aires on the 29th May and immediately I knew I was in for a ride, black and yellow taxis everywhere! I was lucky I had a ride from the airport into to the city with my luscious Latina hostess and off we rushed into the busy night of Buenos Aires. The highways were long, wide and sweeping and I distinctly remember counting no fewer than 5 toll stations between the airport and the city which is a 20 minute drive... “Why so many” I remember asking to which my exquisite hostess jovially responded, “This is Argentina, here we pay for everything.”
Once the severe culture shock had worn off, the jet lag had subsided and my guts had settled down it was time to get into the Argentine way of living. Wine with every meal, cheese, baguette, salami and ham for the entrée, milanesas as a staple diet, asado is to be consumed daily without fail, probably my least favourite of all locro is a national meal comprising of peas, maize, beans and if you are lucky bits of bacon, chorizo or beef sprinkled over the top with some pumpkin to taste.
That being said however the Argentine passion and pride for local wine, Malbec produced in the world famous region of Mendoza will turn the most ignorant wine taster into a professional after just one meal in an Argentine household. They simply LOVE their red wine! In one evening I was catapulted from the realms of the Kiwi way of the ‘goon sack’ to a much more sophisticated and cultured manner of enjoying every sip of wine down to the last drop.
The fact that the whole country thrives after 9pm made my Uber experience in BA even more fascinating. While the city as a whole seems to give off quite a socialist vibe in that almost every single person in that economy actually works; there is still a very distinct capitalist presence in the city. In this digital age no better mark of capitalism breaking new ground than the presence of Uber in a country that has been known to shun the western way of life; although Uber’s presence in the city has come with mixed results, the younger generation loving the autonomy that being an Uber driver gives them, yet simultaneously being strongly opposed by the “tachero” or old school taxi driver who call Uber evil and drive around with “Fuera Uber” all over their taxis in the hope of some how convincing the public that Uber is evil and will steal all their jobs.
You don’t need a dictionary to translate that, but in short of you can’t beat them join them!
In summary I loved my trip to Buenos Aires, the people, the culture, the Tango, the music, the streets, the subway, every single aspect of that city is alive and thriving and I sincerely recommend that you drop everything at once and just go there! I simply cannot wait for my next round trip back to the city they call the Paris of South America.
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