Déjà Vu

Trip Start Jun 30, 2010
Trip End Aug 25, 2010

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Finally, I was able to get to do the walking tours I have been planning since getting here. Unfortunately, last night's the weather wasn't the best - but the rain didn't ruin the experience. This morning was slightly better, but the bitter cold was the talking point amongst most of the porteņos.

I already knew from various guidebooks that Buenos Aires was a particularly European country, and it's evident throughout. The architecture has distinct Parisian and Italian influences. In fact there are several buildings I'm sure I have seen before from my travels through Europe. It's very out of place in South America, at the same time refreshing - especially the wide avenues after the narrow streets in Bolivia. As a city, I can't say it is something I would immediately fall in love with - mainly because a lot feels too similar to Europe.

On the other hand, I find the people here are a lot friendlier than I had been led to believe. It's true that porteņos have a certain arrogance about them, but at the same time a lot more confidence. I'm not quite sure why, but compared to Bolivia and Peru who were somewhat reserved with tourists (yes, there were a fair number of friendly, open people there, but the majority weren't wholly comfortable conversing with a gringo), the taxi drivers, street vendors and hostel owners seem a lot less conservative around tourists.

Buenos Aires is definitely one of those places that requires a second visit to fully appreciate. I have enjoyed the week here, but now it's onto Mendoza.

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