Living in a top travel location, a piece of paradise is a lofty dream, one of which many of us strive to reach. Is it really what we think?
This is a series of interviews with people who lived in top travel locations including Buenos Aires, Miami, and Barcelona, and beyond.
Maybe it’s not really what it’s cracked up to be or maybe it’s even better!
Background about Sonya: Sonya has duel citizenship with Argentina and the United States. She was born in L.A. when her Argentinean parents and brother moved to the U.S. for her first 5 years of her life. After that, they moved back to Buenos Aires. When she was 11, they spent 1 year in Boulder, CO. Sonya moved to Kansas City, MO 2 years ago. Her husband is in Buenes Aires and plans to reunite with her soon.
What is it like living in Buenos Aires? “It’s a very social culture,” Sonya reports. Lunch is in the afternoon and then around 5 pm, you have coffee or tea with friends. Dinner is held at 9-10:30 pm on the weekdays and even later on the weekends. Mealtimes are spent talking with friends, eating and drinking.
“I started going out with friends when I was 15 years-old and stayed out until around 11 pm.”
Life is going 24 hours a day. You can always find somewhere to have a drink, to get something to eat, to go to the theater.
According to Sonya, the after-party food is croissants.
Describe Argentineans: They are social, fun, they will tell you what they think. They are classy and dress well. They are also well cultured and educated.
What are negative aspects about Buenos Aires? Sonya reports that Argentina has struggled with corrupt politics. She talked about how the military would stop and search anyone they liked for anti-government material. This was very prevalent from 1976-1983. She said that Argentina became a democracy in 1983 and the atmosphere became less oppressive. Still, however, she said that many political groups fought for power and were corrupt.
“Some (political groups) did good things and some did not do good things,” She said.
Now, security is an issue. Many people are robbed frequently. Sonya said that things are very expensive in Argentina and poverty runs rampant. Sonya also says that many people are divided politically.
What are the best things about Buenos Aires? – – The food, particularly the meat called asado which is bar-b-qued and heavily seasoned. It’s eaten with a pasta dish with family on Sundays. Later, you make a sanwhich of choriso called a choripan in the late afternoon.
– Pravadone – a grilled cheese and meat.
– Chinchulin molleja rinones – this is a intestine sweetbread with chimi-churri dressing.
– Mate – this is similar to a green tea. Guenos Arians meet friends anytime for coffee, tea or mate.
Sonya’s Travel Tips for Argentina:
- Vsiting Buenos Aires is a must. Watch a tango show and enjoy the local food. Talk to the people there, they are very friendly.
- Ewasu Falls is a second.
- Go to the Mandosa region and drink the wine.
- Try skiing in Argentina in the Patagonia or Bariloche and Ushuaia areas.