Every traveller that we have met up until now has told us that if there was a city they had to choose to stay, Buenos Aires would be it. And, as much as we try to avoid having expectations, I suppose that this is only a natural tendency. For us, the expectations we tried so hard not to have were met and exceeded.
Buenos Aires has a feel unlike any other city we have seen thus far. Even though the streets are filled with bustling people and the noise of traffic permeates, the city somehow manages to give off a positive vibe. I think this is due, at least in part, to the fact that the city has preserved many of the trees lining the roads. The streetside cafes seem perpetually filled with locals enjoying their afternoon coffee and gossip (probably out of necessity, both as a diuretic and stimulant, seeing as everyone eats at 11 or 12 at night!).
After being in the comfort of nature for so many consecutive weeks, Buenos Aires was a nice transition into the "real world". We had many good meals and enjoyed a bit of the city life. There we also celebrated our anniversary with a nice dinner of steak, wine, and a gluttonous chocolate molten cake, with the company of our new friend, Emmy from Minnesota.
Our favorite adventure there was when we spontaneously decided to go to a Madonna tribute show that we discovered by picking up a discarded flyer on the floor of the subway! Although we chose this instead of a Tango show, it proved to be an amazing find. The combination of poor translations and mediocre singing with true-to-Madonna choreography made for an entertaining show. Only watching the videos will give justice to the experience.
Although we moved on quickly from a city that would take years to get to know intimately, we left with a good feel for the city. BA, as some call it, also left us with a strong desire to come back and may be able to do so in a few weeks.