Arriving in a foreign country like Argentina can be a pretty daunting experience whether you are familiar with the language or not, and isn’t helped by the fact that your last few days have probably been spent sitting in an aeroplane, making you jet lagged and disorientated to say the least. My first impressions of Buenos Aires....a huge and overwhelming city. But after just a few hours I realised it is actually an incredibly welcoming city, where the locals are friendly and welcome you with open arms.
When foreigners come to Buenos Aires, they cannot help but hear about the beautiful neighborhoods of La Boca and San Telmo. These neighborhoods are filled with vibrant colors, festivals, tango shows, and an overwhelming sense of tradition. There is no way to better immerse yourself into the Spanish culture of Buenos Aires than to take a stroll around El Caminito in La Boca or the weekend Feria in San Telmo.
El Caminito is the part of La Boca directly beside the port that used to be ghettos to house the heavy number of foreign immigrants coming in from Europe. Today it is known for colorful buildings, vibrant tango shows, art shops, and good outdoor restaurants. Only eight blocks away from El Caminito is the stadium of Boca, known as La Bombonera. This is one of if not the most famous sporting venue on the entire continent of South America.
Just one neighborhood away is San Telmo; the neighborhood where locals say Tango got its origin. Every weekend on Saturday and Sunday in-between the hours of 10 until 5pm, the street traffic is closed off to make room for the San Telmo Feria. The fair starts in Plaza Dorrega and continues straight through the neighborhood. Here, you will find store after store of arts, jewelry, crafts, clothing, and food. It is one of the most crowed festivals you will find in Buenos Aires full of tourists and locals alike. It is also a great place to practice your bargaining skills in Spanish!
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