Archive for Category: "Nightlife"

16Oct
2012

A local guide to Buenos Aires

The editors at the online magazine The Culture-ist contacted me to pen the Buenos Aires installment of their “Get Cultured” city guides. For this, I was on the other side of the interview, answering rather than asking, and you can check out the full piece Get Cultured: Buenos Aires – A Guide to Exploring the Best of the City on their site. Below is what I had to say. On your first day here, seeing this is a must: Buenos […]

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4Sep
2012

Moving to Argentina: Meeting People in Buenos Aires

One of the most alluring and daunting aspects about moving to a new city is the promised anonymity. I had little to no developed network when moving to Buenos Aires, other than the handful of friends I flew down with and the  few people I had been put in touch with before moving. It’s an understandable and necessary priority of many to get out, meet people and make new friends upon arrival. For those coming to Buenos Aires independent of […]

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23Jan
2012

Tasting Fernet

Argentines throw around the numbers seven and nine when discussing the minimum tries or tastes required to start liking fernet. I pretended to tolerate it and be a fan for many months, but it took me about a year of life in Argentine before I, of my own volition, ordered or poured a Fernet and cola for myself. I am now a fervent convert and lover of fernet, to the point that I wrote an article for The Atlantic’s health […]

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5Dec
2011

El Motivo Tango Práctica at Villa Malcolm, Buenos Aires

I’ve edited and uploaded a video from the El Motivo Práctica at Villa Malcolm I reference in my prior blog post about milongas in Buenos Aires, as well as in my BBC Travel article The tango Buenos Aires tourists never see. The dance in the video actually is the dance I wrote in as the opening in the story. Unfortunately, the video it’s a bit dark, but I hope does an ample job of conveying the sentiment of the performance […]

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30Nov
2011

Milongas in Buenos Aires

For my latest piece on Buenos Aires for BBC Travel, I spent time a bit of time exploring the city’s underground tango milonga scene. A milonga (also often called a práctica) is any place where people gather to dance tango. As I detail in the article, the and the city’s collective milonga scene comprises this nocturnal world where the tango lives, thrives and evolves. BBC Travel article: The tango Buenos Aires tourists never see Below I’ve included some photos I took when […]

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6Sep
2011

Falling Under the Spell of Barcelona’s Tibidabo

Below is my latest Huffington Post Travel post, Falling Under The Spell Of Barcelona’s Tibidabo. You can see the full article (with my favorite photo!) here. Before touching down in Barcelona to live and study for four months I had never heard of Tibidabo. I was familiar with Barcelona’s major highlights otherwise, such as Gaudí’s masterpieces and the smaller mountain of Montjuïc. I would only see that episode of Friends later, and though I had briefly visited the city before, […]

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9Jun
2011

Tango and Salsa in Buenos Aires

From the packed and thumping boliches (nightclubs) to the sultry tango, dance is an important facet of Argentine culture. While I didn’t grow up in tutus or performing in dance recitals, I do love to dance, and living in Buenos Aires has given me the opportunity to indulge that and attempt to actually add some technique to my grooving. Buenos Aires is the birthplace of tango, and while it is the obvious choice for shows and lessons here, it’s salsa […]

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24Jan
2011

What Argentines Love

Argentines do enjoy their red wine and steak. Many do tote around their mate gourds and thermoses and, for a night out, will mix up Fernet and Cokes. Perhaps a couple Argentines can slide through a few tango steps. Some of the stereotypes of this country can be true, same as for any other country or culture. What I am always drawn to discovering when somewhere new is the more nuanced cultural affinities of the place; things beyond what first […]

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21Dec
2010

Buenos Aires Beach Getaways

Friends and family in the Northern Hemisphere, I see you with your long coats and Facebook statuses about snow and hot chocolate. I am currently sitting in the air conditioning, while outside it is 93 degrees Fahrenheit on the first day of summer in Buenos Aires. You might be planning ski trips right about now, but everyone down here is all about the beach. Christmas time marks the start of beach escape season, and it seems as though everyone and […]

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