We are alive and very well in Buenos Aires. We’ve been here for just over two weeks and have been pinching ourselves ever since. We’re having a tough time believing that this journey is actually happening. I keep reminding myself that this isn’t just vacation and that this travel thing is going to be my way of life for the next year.
Updates on our blog have been a little more infrequent than I had planned, but planting our feet in the same city made it seem to me I had less to share. I realize, however, each day is full of adventures, big and small, so wanted to share some highlights from our end of the world.
We rented an apartment in the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires. It’s a few blocks away from the apartment we rented a few years ago so we know the area well and are thoroughly enjoying our stay. Beautiful parks and plazas dominate the Palermo area and each corner boasts a bustling cafe populated with well-heeled Argentines. Just blocks away is Palermo Viejo, home to an ecclectic scene of restaurants and chic designer shops.
My days have been spent walking around our favorite neighborhoods, discovering new cafes and restaurants, visiting museums, relaxing in the plazas and running in the parks (trying desperately to work off the massive amounts of beef and empanadas we are consuming!). We are conveniently located steps away from the city’s best and biggest park: Parque Tres de Febrero. The park is a whopping 965 acres with a spectacular rose garden (pictured above).
We have been lucky to return to the incredible friends we made here a few years back who have gone above and beyond to make our time here so special. We’ve caught up over mate (Argetine’s national herbal drink), medialunas (sweet croissants), dulce de leche (delicious carmel-like spread) and rounds of Truco (classic Argentine card game). They’ve treated us to our fair share of asados (Argentine bbq’s unlike any other) and have taken us to explore towns outside of the city we’d never have the opportunity to experience. We also had two sets of friends from Chicago cross paths with us while we were here, which has made it fun to explore the city together.
Looking forward to sharing more updates on our adventures abroad with you soon.