Archive for Category: "Nightlife"

17Dec
2010

SantaCon 2010: Christmas Anarchy in New York City

I don’t like the holidays. But I have finally found a reason to enjoy the entire month of December, and it has everything to do with the worldwide phenomenon known as SantaCon. My SantaCon New York began at 9 a.m., when I met two friends in Union Square, pulled a santa suit over my clothes in the middle of the park and headed to the nearest subway stop. Between these activities, the three of us were stopped by a group […]

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18Nov
2010

Saving Money in Buenos Aires

It is easy to live big on American dollars in Buenos Aires. My first weeks in the city I got continual thrills out of evaluating the prices of things in pesos and dividing by four, which is the current approximate conversion rate. But, a traveler’s mentality toward money is different from a resident’s, and I have finally begun evaluating prices pesos against pesos, rather than pesos to dollars. Now my thrills come from saving pesos while still enjoying all Buenos […]

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13Nov
2010

Buenos Aires Schedule

Along with the adjusting to new languages, foods and customs traveling often requires, it is also common to have to adopt a new day-to-day schedule. If you are American and traveling in Italy, as my family was this past summer, you might be craving heaps of pasta at 7 p.m., but the restaurants won’t be serving for at least another hour and a half. The owners and their family are eating now before opening! The Buenos Aires schedule is in […]

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1Nov
2010

Fuerza Bruta in Buenos Aires

It took me coming to Buenos Aires to finally make it to Fuerza Bruta. I had wanted to go in Chicago, but missed it. Then I set my sights on New York City when I was home over the summer, but it didn’t work out. It’s best it happened in Buenos Aires, though, because here is where the show originated. The interactive, acrobatic, near-no-dialogue show has viewers standing in a high-ceilinged, enclosed room for the duration, which is about an […]

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24Oct
2010

Welcome to my Neighborhood

I currently am writing this post from Baraka, a bustling café in my current corner of the world, the neighborhood of Palermo. Palermo is one of the most populous and largest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires; it’s also considered one of the most well-to-do (especially the subsection of Palermo Chico) and trendiest areas. Parks and plazas, designer stores, restaurants with coveted dinner reservations, art galleries, boliches (clubs) with long lines and cafés prime for people-watching fill Palermo. I technically live in […]

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8Oct
2010

La Bomba de Tiempo

In my first post about my new home city of Buenos Aires, I spoke of the beat of the city, and how the energy here is palpable. Nothing demonstrates that musicality so vital to this city’s personality better than the weekly, high-energy percussion show called La Bomba de Tiempo.     The group of distinguished percussionists plays together every Monday at the Ciudad Central Konexbeginning at 7 pm with guest performers under the direction of Santiago Vazquez. The show, which costs 25 […]

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5Oct
2010

Hello, Buenos Aires!

It’s been a bit since I’ve authored a TKGO post, but my move to Buenos Aires and consequent settling-in time provided the perfect opportunity for Tara, the arctic adventurer, to bring you her awesome TKGO Antarctica installment. Now that I’m in the Southern Hemisphere and closer to Antarctica than ever, I might just have to figure out how to take a jaunt down there. At the very least I’ll make it to Patagonia! I’ve been in Buenos Aires for about […]

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12Sep
2010

Shot of the Week

Thanks to Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, the Louvre’s pyramids are more famous than ever. Hoards of tourists and Parisians alike spend the day here, but few stay late into the night, when the lighting showcases the detailed relief on the buildings. –Tara for TKGO

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12Aug
2010

Spanish Drinking Culture

A friend of mine from study abroad recently pointed me toward a Time article about Barcelona’s battle against drunk tourists. The “sensitivity campaign” the city launched includes posters with the universally understood stick figure instructing tourists how not to act, as well as a happy hour ban. It’s an admirable effort to get tourists to respect the city and send the message that Gaudi’s playground is no Cancun.       While studying abroad in Barcelona, my friends and I […]

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