Autumn in Buenos Aires
As the seasons change, so too does the pulse of the city of Buenos Aires!
As the weather cools from summer winter, the pace of the city has begun to change. Argentines, especially Porteños, are not the biggest fans of the cold. They have, you could say, a flair for the dramatic. As the temperature dips below 50 degrees, people only go outside bundled up in thick coats, gloves, and scarves. The dogs too are not spared and they are almost all equally bundled.
As a result of these changes, many of the activities that I have participated in over the past couple weeks have been indoors. I have had a great time visiting bookstores and fairs for example! I bought a beautiful old map of the city at one such store that I plan on hanging up next year in my apartment.
This is not to say that the city’s fiery passion has been extinguished. Rather, it has only moved indoors. Opportunities to see concerts, art shows, and films are now on the rise. Similarly, so too are the number of excuses that I can use to stop by one of the cities many cafes for a nice warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate.
Argentine Time (ATR)
Location (Latitude, Longitude):
34.6036 degrees South, 58.3817 degrees West
How did I get around this week?
Subway, city buses, and taxis.
What was the most interesting place I visited this week?
The 39th Annual Buenos Aires International Book Fair! At this fair, there were literally millions of books from around the world waiting to be bought! It was a paradise for me. I stayed a few hours just to browse the wide selection of books. I actually bought one that I will talk a little bit more about later in this post!
Weather Tally (# of days for each weather type):
Partly cloudy: 1
What is the air temperature right now? 57 degrees Fahrenheit
How was the weather this week?
While today has been somewhat pleasant, the weather over the past week has been a little gloomy. Instead of today’s sunshine, we here in Buenos Aires have been braving through some of the coldest days of the year so far. It appears, so people say, that winter is upon us. The skies have been quite grey and we have had quite a few rain showers. As I’ve mentioned before, because Argentina is in the southern hemisphere its seasons are switched from those in the United States and the rest of the northern hemisphere. Therefore, as it is spring in New York, down here in Buenos Aires it is the third month of autumn.
What languages are spoken here?
What type of money is used here?
How much does a bottle of water cost?
A small bottle is about seven pesos, or 80 U.S. cents.
What was the best meal this week?
One day a few friends and I visited an Armenian restaurant, which I may say was fantastic! I highly recommend it.
What activity was the most fun this week?
One thing that was really cool that I did was visiting a salsa and bachatta dance club. While these dances are not native to Argentina, as they are from the Caribbean and more northern parts of Latin America, it was still really cool to learn from people who were way better than me at dancing. Going in, I arguably had no dancing skills whatsoever. While I still probably quite bad, I like to think that after a night of practice I am at least good for an American.
What did I read this week?
I am currently reading a book called The Old Patagonian Express by Paul Theroux. The book is a memoir about Theroux’s experience traveling by train from Boston to the southern tip of Argentina all by train! Can you imagine such a long trip? I surely cannot. I am hoping that I get some neat travel ideas for my time after my final exams in July.
What games or sports did I play this week?
Last weekend, a few friends and I entered into a soccer tournament against teams of other Argentines and foreigners. While we lost all of our matches, I really enjoyed the opportunity to play a competitive level. Perhaps next week, though, we will have a bit better luck on the score sheet?