Argentina is a place where, in the past, money was found and the country was given the name of the money. It has been given so much that the river bordering the capital has even been called the Silver River so that things are clear to everyone. Today there is less money in every sense of the word in Argentina, but it is still a great place where people eat well, where people are friendly and where, in the big cities, Europeans are not too out of touch. With a few details, of course.
10The Quality Of The Meat
It’s probably hormone-treated, it’s probably not good for the environment, but it’s really the best fucking meat in the world. Something extraordinary. The tenderness of steaks, chimichurri sauces, the parrillas of happiness on the rooftops. Nothing to do with what we know.
9Transport Is Not Very Convenient
In large cities, this is particularly convincing: bus companies are private and run by many different companies, there is no tourist information on schedules, it is a real mess. Between cities too, the networks are not well served: the train is scarce, the bus very slow, the plane very expensive.
8Sometimes The Prices Of Everything Can Double In A Week
Since 2001, Argentina has been experiencing a monetary crisis of variable geometry: the country has had the greatest difficulty in restoring monetary stability and inflation is monstrous. As a result, it is not uncommon for the price of empanada to double in a week per period. In one month spent on the spot in 2012, I saw the empanada five times more expensive.
To be exact, Buenos Aires is a clever mix of Madrid and Paris. But the city has a real connection with Paris: small cafes from the 1950s, old bookshops, literary cafes, small parks, bakeries, even architecture can come closer. We’re not in a change of scenery.
6Everyone Is A Peronist
The right is Peronist, the left is Peronist, the far right is Peronist and the far left is Peronist, not to mention the far center. Peron is the leading figure in Argentine politics and a kind of reference that has been unbeatable since the fall of the dictatorship. A kind of De Gaulle that is even more unreadable and for which everyone claims to be responsible.
5There Are No Red Lights At Intersections In Buenos Aires
At least not at all intersections. Logically, that should be scary. I confirm it’s very scary, you have to be careful when you drive there.
4At Night, The Lights Are Yellow
Almost everywhere in the world, the lights on street lamps at night are white: in recent decades, municipalities have changed the color of the lights to improve visibility. In Buenos Aires, at night, we really have the feeling of being in a 1950s film with very yellow lights that give a conspicuous tone to the stay.
3The Distances Are Immense
You can fly for 3 hours while staying in the same country. It goes without saying that Argentina does not have a monopoly on open spaces, but it is still surprising to think that an Iguazu-Buenos Aires can take 24 hours by bus (and that is not the longest distance). You really have to take this distance factor into account when planning your trip.
2Guys Really Wear The Mule
I’m not kidding: the mule has never stopped being fashionable in Argentina. Most teens and post-teens have a kind of rat tail that protrudes over their necks and everyone thinks that’s normal. And I’m not talking about the marcels who are also popular.
1Argentine Food Is Really Cheap
When you get two five-ball empanadas in Paris, you get ripped off. For that price, you can have a dozen of them in Argentina and grow infinitely bigger by rolling in your happiness.