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A Typical Breakfast in Buenos Aires

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Breakfast in Buenos Aires is light and relaxed. There’s no rush. Take your time. Read the paper — most cafes provide them. And best of all, enjoy excellent espresso-style coffee. Maybe it’s because they dine so late at night. Or perhaps they are watching their wallet or waistline. Whatever the reason, seldom do Porteños start […]

Electricity, Voltage, Outlets and Plugs in Argentina

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Electricity in Argentina is 220 volts, 50 Hertz, AC. In recent years Argentina has switched to Type I plugs and outlets. These are diagonal with flat prongs. The neutral and line wires are reversed from that used in Australia and other countries. Some buildings still use older Type C outlets which have round prongs. Some […]

Renting a Cell Phone

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

If you need to rent a cell phone while visiting Buenos Aires here are a few of your options. If you are renting an apartment from an agency, the agency may be able to set you up. For example, when I needed a second cellular for my girlfriend’s use the agency handling my apartment rental […]

Oh Oh, Travelers Diarrhea

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Even though the water in Buenos Aires is safe to drink, upset stomach or travelers diarrhea can still strike. Last December I discovered, much to my dismay, that two common, effective, brand-name products that help relieve the symptoms of upset stomach are not available in Argentina. These products are Pepto Bismol and Immodium. Fortunately, similar […]

Best Steak in Buenos Aires? Try Cabaña Las Lilas

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

I haven’t tried every steak restaurant in Buenos Aires (though I’d like to), but I doubt I’ll find a better steak than the one I had at Cabaña Las Lilas. And not only is the food delicious but the service is unbelievably attentive. Dine here and you’ll have swarms of wait staff at your beck […]

Get a Copy of El Tangauta

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

If you’re a tango dancer visiting Buenos Aires, one of the first things you’ll want to do after you arrive in the city is pick up a copy of El Tangauta. El Tangauta is a free magazine that is loaded with valuable tango information. Inside you’ll find a detailed current schedule of practically all tango […]

Good Instructors, Crowded Classes at DNI Tango

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

DNI Tango is possibly the most popular tango school in Buenos Aires for anyone interested in learning the “tango nuevo” style. The school has an outstanding reputation due largely to the superb dancing skills of the proprietors, Pablo Villarraza and Dana Frigoli. I took a few dozen classes at DNI over the past couple of […]

MALBA Focuses on 20th Century Latin American Art

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

MALBA (el Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires), is a relatively new museum that houses a number of excellent works of art by important Latin American artists such as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Fernando Botero. The museum opened in 2001. MALBA’s collection focuses on art produced in Latin America during the twentieth century. It […]

Where to Buy Men’s Tango Shoes

Monday, January 12th, 2009

There are several good places to buy men’s tango shoes in Buenos Aires. Here’s what you’ll find at a few of the stores I’ve visited.  Neo Tango, located at Sarmiento 1938, has perhaps the best selection of men’s tango shoes in Buenos Aires. Styles range from conservative to ridiculously flamboyant. They also sell about a […]

Dance, Drink, Have Fun at Sahara Continent

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Sahara Continent is a fun, three-level nightclub in Recoleta. In the evening it doubles as a restaurant. Come here if you want to party, mix with locals and other tourists, and groove to reggaeton, pop and other club vibes. Sahara attracts a diverse crowd ranging in age from 20 to 35. The interior has an […]