It goes to say that while living abroad you have to put up with missing your family and friends. However, having spoken to some of our Spanish students here at Expanish in Argentina, it seems that expats and Spanish students alike have some pretty strong feelings about what they miss from home. So we asked one of our members of staff (from the U.S.) who has lived in Buenos Aires for a number of years, to tell Expanish Spanish School blog about the things he misses most from home….
After many months spent in Buenos Aires studying Spanish, it was vital for my happiness to find the best outdoor areas in the city. Seeing as the weather here is mostly on the sunny side, I’ve put together a little list of my favourite spots to hang out when not in the classroom.
PLAZA LAVALLE- Tucumán 1202
Easy accesible by catching the Subte to Station Tribunales on Linea D (the Green line), this plaza is one of the most historical in the city- having being laid out in 1872. Plaza Lavalle is at the top of my list because while being able to lie down in the gorgeous and clean green space, you can bask in beauty of the fabulous buildings surrounding the plaza. Some of these historical buildings include the Teatro Colón, the Sinagoga de la Congregación Israelita, the Palacio de Justicia and the Monumento al General Lavalle, an 18-metre high column crowned by a statue of Lavalle.
A relatively new addition to the plaza is a stretch of enlarged and mounted historical photos showing the development of some architectural monuments and the progression of the city’s growth as early as the 1800s. Along this stretch of photos, speakers are placed around them to sound out gorgeous opera music and add even more atmosphere to the beautiful square.
LOS BOSQUES DE PALERMO- Av Del Libertador & Dorrego y Figueroa Alcorta, Palermo
Founded in 1874, and possibly the most well-known green space in the city, it spans across approximately 400 hectares of land and consequently divided into many beautiful áreas.
On this land you can experience the beautiful El Rosedal (rose garden), a lake, a greek style bridge, groves and plenty of space to exercise-maybe even rollerblade like a local! To get there, it involves a brief walk from Station Plaza Italia (also on Linea D, the Green line).
PLAZA ARMENIA- Armenia 1900-between Costa Rica and Nicaragua
Despite being a much smaller park in comparison to the previously mentioned áreas, it does not lack atmosphere. Possibly my favourite place to just people-watch on a lazy weekend, the place is always full of characters. Comprising of a huge fountain, merry-go-round, quirky-decorated tables, a playground and markets on Saturdays and Sundays, it’s as if everyone who lives in Palermo has some reason to hang out around the plaza. Here there are often clowns entertaining children, a plethora of puppies being walked by stylish owners and heaps of students who just hang out either drinking mate or beer together. Just a very chilled place to be in the heart of Palermo!
BARRANCAS DE BELGRANO- between Juramento, Virrey Vértiz, La Pampa, 11 de Septiembre, y Zavalía (closest to Station Juramento-Linea D, Green line)
A beautiful section of the Belgrano neighbourhood that was designed in 1892, this Green spaces takes claim to an amazing 67 species of plants. It is utilized as a space for fans of Tai Chi and aerobics, a milonga (tango danced in the beautiful rotunda on top of the hill), an organic food market and general weekend outdoor fun. Walking distance to Belgrano’s China Town-these two places are nice to combine on a lovely, sunny day.
PLAZA DE LAS NACIONES UNIDAS Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 2263, Recoleta
Famous for it’s Floralis Generica, the beautifully-constructed huge metal flower, Plaza de Las Naciones Unidas is a must for visitors to Buenos Aires.
On a 4 hectare piece of land surrounded by lush trees, the park also sits alongside the amazing Facultad de Derecho, providing an excellent view from the plaza.