This is a series of five posts on my ’25 Things to Love About Buenos Aires.’ It’s an amazing city, with much to love. Here’s numbers 25 to 21.
25. After Office Parties
Never heard of an after office party? Assuming this is going out after work for a couple beers? Wrong. The ‘after office’ here in Buenos Aires means a weekday night club. Think what you’d consider ‘normal’ back home: say partying from 10pm until 2am. Well this is a weekday party for Porteños. If the party ends at 2am, this means there’s still a few hours to sleep before they have to be back at work the next morning.
24. Big Concerts
Every big band comes through Buenos Aires. In March, there’s a double bill where two of my favourite shows ever play together: Pearl Jam and The Black Keys. Since arriving here, I’ve seen Kings of Leon, and Juanes (one of Colombia’s biggest artists,) and chose to skip the likes of Madonna and Lady Gaga. The Killers will be here later in March. For big shows, there’s few places that rival Buenos Aires.
The Porteno love of pizza was brought from the ‘Old Country.’ With a large percentage of Buenos Aires’s population having Italian heritage, this Italian staple has been modified, but is intensely popular. My favourite place for a slice? One of the many locations of Kentucky, which has been around for 71 years.
22. Yerba Mate
Yerba Mate has slowly made its way into westerners eyes, with all of its health benefits becoming known. However, it is a cultural staple in Argentina. There’s even a time of day named after it, like ‘tea time’ in England. What time of day is ‘Mate O’Clock?’ Around 6pm. It’s a time to share mate with friends and family over some sweets. This will tide you over until your 10pm (at the earliest) dinner.
21. Tree Lined Streets
Every neighbourhood in Buenos Aires has big beautiful trees lining the streets. It’s beautiful. They’re also, amazingly, well kept. They drape over the city streets like a mother’s umbrella over her rambunctious child. It adds to the city’s charm, and gives a little green to every where you go.
And tomorrow I’ll unveil reasons 20 to 16 of my ’25 Things to Love About Buenos Aires’. Until then, I’ll grab a slice of pizza, sip some mate, and walk the tree-lined streets of this fantastic city.