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What I Know So Far

December 21, 2010

Been here for 9 days, but I haven’t actually had the chance to see much of the city yet. Here’s what I’ve observed so far :

1. Buenos Aires is known to be the Paris of South America. It’s true – but mostly ghetto Paris.

2. The people here are not so friendly, but neither are they snobs. I was told that their neighbors, the Brasilianos are the friendlier bunch.

3. The male population in this side of the world (visiting male foreigners included), seem to have developed an aversion towards the razor. Everyone’s got either a beard or 5 o’clock shadow. Such hipsters…

4.The ageing population of Buenos Aires are a healthy bunch. Thery’re still able to go on long walks, late date nights and afternoons at the park with their amigo/as. All without the aid of nurses or care takers.

5. This is another “traffic lights are merely suggestions” city. Road rage and hit & runs are mundane affairs. As are protests.

6. The Argentine diet consists only of three food groups : Beef, Dulce de Leche, and Malbec.

7. Despite the copious amount of beef, sugar and vino they consume, Porteños (people of BA) are ridiculously slim.

8. Then again, one of the benefits of the Argentines’ medical insurance is free plastic surgery EVERY two years.

9. Porteños are not mall rats. They really only go to the mall out of necessity.There might be only 4 or 5 malls here.

10. “The nightlife here is epic”. I don’t even know why they call it “night”life, because it starts at 1am all the way till 6am. Sometimes even 10!

11. They have NO SENSE OF TIME. They make Pinoys look punctual.

12. The girls here don’t wear makeup. They don’t have to. Then again, refer to #8.

13. Asians are arguably the most hard-working people here. Only the stores run by Asians remain open during siesta hours (apart from the major tiendas, of course).

14. Argentina is a beautiful, beautiful country – Andes mountains, Iguazu Falls, GLACIERS, wine regions, peninsulas, etc. The thing is, domestic travel is expensive (foreigners pay more than locals for plane tickets).The one thing they lack would be pristine beaches.

15. The serviettes here are pointless.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Vanessa Perez permalink
    December 23, 2010 1:39 am

    Hi Ms Pia,
    Wahhhh! I’m learned a lot from this post. Especially the No 8. They really don’t need make -up don’ they? They’re all made-up even if they just got out of bed 🙂 I’m glad you have this blog to document all your adventures. This way, we learn what’s happening with you as well. Have fun and enjoy every single day of your travel adventure. We miss you here but good on you for not having to travel 1-2 hours in traffic. Oh btw, they opened the Sucat Skyway already, at least it ease the traffic a ‘lil bit. Enjoy your Christmas and hope you’ll right something about an interesting Argentinian guy or interesting traveller you have met 🙂


  2. Shen permalink
    January 5, 2011 6:45 am

    No shopping? Will ‘die’. Any havaianas?? I want want want……

    #8 – What?! Free plastic surgery as part of medical insurance? You gotta be joking……can you please find out why this is so? I would like to put in a case for us women of Asia too!!! LOL!

    Also, why are serviettes pointless in BA??

    • January 5, 2011 8:50 am

      Nah, shopping isn’t that good here (my wallet sighs in relief). Maybe just leather bags, belts and shoes?

      Havaianas? Not so, oddly enough. I shall write about that soon 😉 Just get Havaianas in Manila!

    • January 5, 2011 8:53 am

      Free plastic surgery because everyone is just obsessed with their looks here! There’s a plaza in Recoleta where, if you wait long enough, you will spot people walking out of doors with part of their faces/bodies covered in plaster. Haha

      The serviettes are pointless because they have zero absorption power! They are more like wax paper or onion skin paper.

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