Gauss-Telegraph: World trip from home in 30 days – Buenos Aires
by Andrés Muñoz
My impression of Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, South America’s second largest metropolitan area, is a very colorful city with a lot of European influence. In spite of being a large city, the downtown area, where most tourist attractions are located, is very walkable. The different barrios in Buenos Aires have their own charm, for example La Boca with its colorful and narrow streets, Recoleta influenced by the French Beaux-Arts architecture or Puerto Madero on the waterfront of the Río de la Plata characterized by modern high-rises.
The Casa Rosada – pink house – on the Plaza de Mayo is the seat of the national government and the office of the President of Argentina. Nevertheless, it offers guided tours for free (in English). Nearby, you’ll also find the Kirchner Cultural Center, the Cathedral of Buenos Aires and the iconic Obelisk of Buenos Aires.
Afterwards, you can head north towards to the Recoleta district to visit the Recoleta cemetery, one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. It contains the graves of notable Argentinian people. Then check out the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts), which displays artworks of great artists like Van Gogh, Rodin and Chagall. On the southern side of the city, you can wander around San Telmo – a colonial district – and visit the National Historical Museum or the Museum of Contemporary Art. Then continue towards La Boca, home of the football club Boca Juniors and their stadium called La Bombonera (The chocolate box). If you’re not a football fan, then you must walk to the Caminito, a street museum and art market, famous for its bright houses.
Best museum in the city
The Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, also known as MALBA, (Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo) promotes contemporary Latin American art. The permanent exhibition shows over 400 artworks from the 20th century, in form of paintings, sculptures, drawings, photos and videos, to represent the complexity of Latin American art. It’s divided in Avant-garde, Surrealism and Abstract art. Meanwhile, the temporary exhibitions unfold Argentinian, Latin American and International artists.
Favorite local dish
Empanadas! They’re a type of fried or baked pastry commonly filled with beef. However, they can also be filled with cheese, spinach, ham, mushrooms, corn or other ingredients. They may be eaten as a starter or main course. They’re very delicious, especially when they come fresh from the oven. If you like something sweet, then indulge yourself in alfajores. An alfajor is made with two cookies sandwiched together by a filling of dulce de leche („sweet [made] of milk“). They can be decorated with desiccated coconut.
Note: Due to the spread of the coronavirus, we don’t recommend to travel until the all restrictions have been lifted.