Well we’ve been in Buenos Aires now for 10 days! We have made ourselves at home in our new apartment (very authentic). It is located in more of a local neighborhood called Chacarita but is within walking distance to the metro and Palermo where all the trendy cafes, bars and shops are located.
They use the Argentine peso for money and we are becoming more comfortable with the exchange rate and figuring out prices. The exchange is approximately 15 peso’s per dollar which makes things somewhat of a bargain. In addition, we have figured out how to use the Metro… for the most part.
It has all been a bit more challenging but fun than we originally thought since VERY few people speak English. Overall the people here are very friendly and willing to help us figure out what we are trying to communicate whether it be how to use the SUBE card, how to get somewhere or what something means.
We have found our neighborhood Panadería (bakery shop), empanada/pizza place and our local super market. Next adventure is to find a decent Verduleria (fruit and vegetable shop). They do not tend to eat much produce here and the quality at the market is quite poor except for bananas.
A few of the days we just walked around to explore the different neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. We went to church on Sunday and met some folks that moved here from Texas and are here working for 3 years.
We have been taking in some of the tourist sites including a free walking tour that started at The Congreso de la Nación Argentina building located on the Plaza del Congreso.
The tour also made stops at Casa Rosada that is located on Plaza de Mayo, which is where the President conducts his business but does not live there.
We spent some time at Cementerio de la Recoleta, where Eva “Evita” Duarte Peron is laid to rest along with many other notable folks to Argentina.
We had hoped to have our first post out sooner but we are slowly learning that WI-FI and technology in general are more challenging than we had imagined. We look forward to adding more posts about our time here Buenos Aires.