Post Tagged with: "Karina"

4Feb
2011

Gauchos in Argentina

The above video is a performance at Rodizio Campo in Luján, Argentina. As I mentioned in the last post, estancias in Argentina pay homage to the gaucho lifestyle and culture in Argentina. Gauchos, which are something of a bygone character (19th century was their heyday; sorry, guys) was the name give to the horse-riding residents of the pampas, the grassy plains in South America. The gaucho can be considered the Argentine equivalent of the American cowboy, (or vice versa) and […]

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2Feb
2011

Visiting an Estancia Outside Buenos Aires

Even if only for a day, a popular getaway for porteños (Buenos Aires natives) and visitors to the city is to an estancia outside Buenos Aires. Argentine estancias are located in the countryside, which is a term used loosely to describe anything outside the — or any — city. The properties are essentially really classy dude ranches that channel the gaucho lifestyle. Though all vary, most offer horseback riding, bike riding, outdoor activities and entertainment and have a restaurant on […]

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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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16Jan
2011

Shot of the Week

This photo is from Cojímar, Cuba, outside La Terraza restaurant. During my week-long trip to Cuba last March, our group slipped outside the bustle of La Habana for lunch at La Terraza, one of Hemingway’s frequented spots. –Karina for TKGO

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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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19Dec
2010

Shot of the Week

It seems every block in Buenos Aires has small artistic surprises, whether it is a building facade or street art. I had passed this times before, I’m certain, before noticing it last weekend. Stay alert on the streets for art! And sidewalk dog poop. –Karina for TKGO

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9Dec
2010

Joining a Gym in Buenos Aires

Between all  the delicious food I expected to be consuming regularly — empanadas, helado and choripan to name a few — and being accustomed to regular sweat sessions in the U.S., I knew I would need to find a gym in Buenos Aires. I had heard less than stellar reports about gyms in the city, but I held out hope. My elliptical-ized, Body Pump salvation came in the form of Always Club, (as the Argentines pronounce it, “Aaaahl-weys”) a very […]

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5Dec
2010

Shot of the Week

This bar, one of many in the Ribera neighborhood of Barcelona, faces the Santa Maria del Mar church. It was one of my favorite spots in the city, with bars, cafes, restaurants — even museums — tucked into the nooks of every narrow street. I walked through here almost daily, and no matter the time there was always, at minimum, a quiet buzz. –Karina for TKGO

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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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