- 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.
- Natives of Buenos Aires are known as porteños (‘people from the port’), which is a reference to the city population’s immigrant roots.
- Buenos Aires has more theatres and psychiatrists per capita than any other city in the world.
- Buenos Aires has the second largest Jewish population in the Americas after New York and the largest mosque in Latin America.
- In Buenos Aires (and Argentina in general) the standard greeting is one kiss on the right cheek.
- Every year we celebrate National Friends’ Day on 20th July. It is a special day devoted to hang out with friends.
- St Patrick’s Day is huge in Buenos Aires. Marathon pub crawls are organised every 17 March.
- In 2003, Buenos Aires became the first city in Latin America to declare civil union rights for gay and lesbian couples.
- It has only snowed twice in Buenos Aires (june 1918 and july 2007).
- 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.
The Irish community of Buenos Aires will be celebrating St. Patrick’s day in advance this coming Sunday March 15th at Plaza San Martín.
Starting 2pm you will be able to try typical products of Ireland. And at 6 pm you shouldn’t miss the traditional parade that will start from Arroyo and Suipacha st. and will finish at the Plaza San Martín.
A “Leprechauns” and “Fairies” costume contest for adults and children will also take place as part of these popular celebrations.
This is a free activity, that will be postponed to March 29th in case of rain.
There will be more celebrations to come: Every March 17th, streets of downtown Buenos Aires get crowded of locals & tourists that look for a spot to celebrate St. Patrick’s day.
We have found an interesting website (only in Spanish 😦 ) that lists over 45 pubs that will be celebrating this special dat and have special deals: http://www.stpatricksday.com.ar
Have fun and enjoy!
This year 112 murgas (a form of popular musical theatre performed both in Uruguay and in Argentina during the Carnival season) will shine in the 37 “Corsos” (Buenos Aires Carnival celebrations) organized in the districts of the City of Buenos Aires.
Starting today, Saturday January 31st 2015, Carnival celebrations will run every weekend, including Monday February 16th and Tuesday 17th.
Every Saturday the party starts at 7pm until 2am and on Sundays from 7pm until midnight.
The corsos are held in all districts, each calling for residents and tourists. Murgas origin typically have a neighborhood and look through humor and irony to make a social critique of the country.
Here is a list of corsos close to the hotel:
- Abasto: Cordoba between S. Bustamante and Agüero.
- Almagro: Corrientes between Medrano and Bulnes.
- Caballito: Avellaneda between Nicasio Orono and F. Sarmiento.
- Colegiales: General Lacroze between Martinez and Freire.
- San Telmo: San Juan between Chacabuco and Tacuarí.
- Villa Crespo: Scalabrini Ortiz between Corrientes and Velasco.
Latin American street musicians, carnival groups from Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia and Bolivia were invited by the Government of Argentina to participate in these celebrations,where musical shows will be performed.
Each new edition of the World Cup changes the life of all porteños: in every Buenos Aires neighborhoods everyone gets ready to enjoy the most important event in world football.
Four years sometimes seems too long, specially for Argentines, when it comes to football.
Therefore, and exactly as in the 2010 World Cup, this year, two giant screens will be installed in public parks, so that everyone, tourists or residents, can enjoy the 64 matches of the World Cup. One will be located in Parque Centenario and the other in Plaza San Martín, which are the two key points where thousands of people walk daily.
Photo: Prensa Jefatura de Gabinete GCBA
Previous to that, there are various activities in the streets of Buenos Aires: Until June 11 at Plaza San Martin there is a mini football pitch where you can participate to play games, kick penalties, or play football tournaments, among others. Former National Team players and special guests will be participating in some of the activities .
Now, sometimes the weather is not good enough to be outside. What to do then? Watch it at Home Bar! We have a smart tv led full hd 46 where you can watch all World Cup matches, enjoying our great food and drinks.
Enjoy the World Cup and support for your favorite team! And as the say: may the best team win!
During three weeks the Buenos Aires Book Fair is visited it by more than a million readers and more than ten thousand book professionals get together.
This 40th edition has become a true city of books. It is known for offering a wide program that also includes several cultural events : conferences, book presentations, courses, and lectures, among many others.
As a visitor, you may have the chance to attend conferences by international authors like Mario Vargas Llosa, Paul Auster, Isabel Allende, Antonio Muñoz Molina and Tom Wolfe, to name a few .
The Fair will be open for all the public, every day until Monday, May 12 at the following times :
-Monday to Friday from 2pm to 10pm
-Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 1pm to 10pm .
Location: La Rural, Av. Santa Fe 4201
Bicing is the name of a ‘community bicycle program’ in Barcelona inaugurated on March 22, 2007, similar to the Vélô service in Toulouse, and Vélib‘ in Paris.
This Bicing system or Public Bicycle Sharing System is also working in Buenos Aires: the city government lends a bicycle for free for a period of up to two hours. They can be removed in Bicing stations and be submitted in another city Bicing station.
If you’re a tourist in town, you can now use the Public Bicycle Sharing System to get to know the City in a different way. Head to the closest station, show your original passport and provide a photocopy. You will also need to leave your personal information and contact information of the place you’re staying at: address, hotel name (as applicable) and telephone number. They will take your picture and you´ll have to punch in your PIN number. You sign the affidavit accepting the terms and off you pedal!
The service is free of charge and is available Mondays through Fridays from 8 AM to 8 PM and on Saturdays from 9 AM to 3 PM..
Another option for tourists to visit and discover a different Buenos Aires is to rent a bicycle, for example with La Bicicleta Naranja or Bike tours. They have a large fleet of bicycles, perfectly suitable for street circuits. This service includes safety helmets and locks.
They also organize tours where you’ll be immersed in history, culture and current affairs of the city through the eyes of the locals.
However, whether renting a bike or touring, it is interesting to know which streets are those with greater exposure to risk. And based on the same, determining routes or walks. The most dangerous streets are the avenues Rivadavia, Corrientes, San Juan, Cordoba, Belgrano, Santa Fe and 9 de Julio.
Check in this map where to ride safely: Ciclovias.
And make sure to wear sunscreen 😀
“In your face!”, the exhibition of one of the most influential photographers of the world, Mario Testino, is coming to town.
This exhibition combines his many years of work for fashion magazines as well as personal snapshots. It reflects the interaction of the mass media with the glamour and popular culture icons such as Kate Moss, Giselle Bundchen, Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mick Jagger, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Brad Pitt and David Beckham, among others.
“In Your Face” offers a provocative inside look at some of today’s most elusive and exclusive subjects through the lens of renowned fashion and portrait photographer and Vogue and Vanity Fair contributor Mario Testino. Known for the elegance, beauty, style, irreverence, and contradiction of his images, Testino gives us a career retrospective arranged in compelling visual stories.
Mario Testino: In Your Face
From March 15th to June 16th, 2014
Sala 5 (2nd floor)
Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415 C1425CLA
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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