3 Things to Do in Buenos Aires

Just because you’re studying abroad in Chile doesn’t mean you can check out another awesome Latin American country. That is exactly what I did this past weekend: I flew to Argentina to experience Buenos Aires. Since I was there for such a short time, I didn’t get to do everything I wanted to do. The weather didn’t help either, but I didn’t let that dampen my spirit. Pun intended. So here are three things to do in Buenos Aires.

  1. MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires)

MALBA is now one of my favorite art museums I have been to. I loved it because the size wasn’t intimidating for a short trip like mine. The layout was great with its separate floors for the different time periods and exhibitions. The current exhibition was Argentinian visual artist Leandro Erlich Liminal whose works I will describe as reality bending. Below is one of my favorite pieces of his.

“Shattering Door” This piece conveyed a sense of breaking free from the boxes we put ourselves in.

There were many more interesting works I saw there (an actual Frida Kahlo painting!!) but you’ll just have to experience them for yourself.

  1. Eat a Steak

Before I came to Argentina, everyone was telling me to eat a steak because they are so delicious there. Well I put that to the test and, man, they were not wrong. The steak I had was from a restaurant called Lo de Jesús in Palermo. I ordered the Bistec de Chorizo which was huge and so tasty. I also ordered a salad which was also huge and delicious. The price only factored out to about 20 dollars American which is a great deal for a nice steak dinner in my book.

Here is the Bistec de Chorizo in all of its glory.
  1. The Plazas and Parks

These places are a great way to experience the city. It seemed like every block we were on had a plaza or a park to explore. My favorite was a large open space with a gigantic sculpture of a flower in the middle of it which itself was in the middle of a reflecting pool. So beautiful.

Floralis Genérica by Eduardo Catalano

And, of course, any visit to Buenos Aires wouldn’t be complete without visiting Plaza de Mayo right outside Casa Rosada, the executive mansion and office of the President of Argentina. The Plaza de Mayo is a very important political site: starting in 1977, The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo congregate at the plaza every Thursday to protest and commemorate the disappearance of their children during the Dirty War in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Plaza de Mayo may be a popular tourist destination, but it is for a reason. Just look at it!

I hope to visit this wonderful city again in my life because it left quite the impression on me. Until next time, Chau!

Graham Mackey is a student at Colorado State University and an ISA Featured Castañeda Blogger. He is studying abroad with ISA in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, Chile.

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