First Days (and Nights) in Buenos Aires

Ready for departure on the next leg of our journey!

Ready for departure on the next leg of our journey!

For those that don’t follow us on Twitter or Facebook, good news: we made it safely to the other side of the world! Our flights to get here were pretty easy; we took a non-stop from St. Louis to JFK on Delta, had a long layover, and a non-stop from JFK to Buenos Aires on American. Our biggest fear was that our bag would get lost between St. Louis and New York, leaving us with little help from Delta on getting it to Argentina. So, we packed all our non-essentials (cold weather gear, swim trunks, etc) in the checked bag and hoped for the best. Luckily it showed up! After navigating the maze that is JFK, we got re-checked-in and spent our 6 hours at the Admirals Club lounge (thanks to our Amex Platinum), drinking free drinks and even caught the season premier of our favorite show, the Amazing Race (which we are not contestants on, Judy!). Our flight there was uneventful, and we managed to score our own row of five seats, so we actually got to lay out and sleep for about 7 hours!

And here we are in the southern hemisphere! This is my first time “down here” (Sara has been to South Africa before), but I don’t think much is different. I can’t really remember how the toilets flush up north so I can’t report on that. Otherwise, so far we have a great impression of Buenos Aires. We are staying with a friend of a former co-worker, who has been awesome at connecting us with his friends and family that have showed us a great time in our first few days.

From the airport, we met up with our host and then set off walking towards a park, which ended up being an epic failure (poorly labeled map = us standing on the back side of a golf course). Tired, we hopped on what we thought was the subway but turned out to be a packed commuter train. It was so hot, and we were worried about dying of heat. The train moved really slow, but we finally got off and met up with the subway system (which is way nicer) and made it back to my friend’s work. We did manage to find lunch and get money from an ATM, so they whole afternoon wasn’t a complete failure.

Everything is a late-night activity here, especially the tango

Everything is a late-night activity here, especially the tango

We went back to our host’s apartment around 8 (thinking, “wow, he works late!”) and got ready for dinner, which we got to around 10 (“wow, he eats late!”). We stayed out until about 1 AM eating and chatting before finally getting to bed. As we quickly learned, Buenos Aires is on a different schedule from the US. Most people here go to work around 10 AM, eat lunch around 2 or 3 PM, leave work around 7 PM, eat dinner at 9 or 10 PM, and stay out until as late as 2 or 3 AM. This has been the case every night we’ve been here so far. On night two, we went to a tango club (more on that later) with two friends, and they explained that you simply cannot eat dinner before it’s dark out. Tango lessons started (late) at 10:30 PM, and the band didn’t come on until 2 AM. We insisted on leaving at 2:30 AM to their dismay. On night three, our 8:30 dinner turned into a 10 PM dinner, and we actually made it home by 12:30 AM from this one!

All told, we’ve had a great time, although it’s been tough getting used to the after-dark lifestyle. It will be good practice for Carnival this weekend, which will be an all-night party. We plan to spend some more time exploring different neighborhoods while we’re here, and will share our thoughts on the food, city, and tango experiences soon.

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3 Responses to First Days (and Nights) in Buenos Aires

  1. Khazel says:

    Hello dear friends Kyle and Sara.I have enjoyed so much reading about your first days “and nights” in Buenos Aires. Wish.Wish you a wonderful ,happy and interesting days in South America.Thank you for being such a nice ,good and respectful friends..Will be waiting to hear from you and to read your new tales about other South American countries .God bless you and make your trips safe,secure ,valuable ,interesting and pleasant.Dr.Khazel”27th,February 2014 ,11.30 PM”

  2. Michael & Judy Carter says:

    Hi Sara and Kyle, not for sure if you know us or not. I have been friends with your dad for over 50 years. Sounds like you are having the time of your lives. I know that you dad did some travel’s during his time in the Air Force but not like the two of you are doing. God bless both of you in you travel’s. Mike and Judy Carter Conway SC

  3. Tanner and Roxanne says:

    Glad to hear you two made it safely and with your luggage! A coworker of mine had lost her checked luggage on a previous trip to Bs As, so we totally had the same worries. Loved the update and a little jealous that you get to spend so much more time with locals, though we met some really great people in Mendoza.

    Anxious to hear more about your Carnival experience after all is said and done. We’ve got a bit of a head start on you two and are already in Valparaiso, Chile. I’d consider it a must visit destination if it isn’t already on your itinerary!

    Ciao!