10 facts you probably didn’t know about BA

10 facts you probably didn’t know about BA

  1. Argentine Spanish spoken in and around Buenos Aires is distinctly different from that spoken elsewhere in Latin America. Aside from a heavy accent, the language is peppered with lunfardo, a local slang derived from the era of tango.
  2. Natives of Buenos Aires are known as porteños (‘people from the port’), which is a reference to the city population’s immigrant roots.
  3. Buenos Aires has more theatres and psychiatrists per capita than any other city in the world.
  4. Buenos Aires has the second largest Jewish population in the Americas after New York and the largest mosque in Latin America.
  5. In Buenos Aires (and Argentina in general) the standard greeting is one kiss on the right cheek.
  6. Every year we celebrate National Friends’ Day on 20th July. It is a special day devoted to hang out with friends.
  7. St Patrick’s Day is huge in Buenos Aires. Marathon pub crawls are organised every 17 March.
  8. In 2003, Buenos Aires became the first city in Latin America to declare civil union rights for gay and lesbian couples.
  9. It has only snowed twice in Buenos Aires (june 1918 and july 2007).
  10. Below the city lies a set of underground tunnels, and behind the Casa Rosada are the little known 18th century catacombs of Fuerte Viejo. No one knows exactly when and why they were constructed.
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