It is being said that Spanish is the language of Love and the gods. I decided not to end 2019 without knowing how to speak/write a few words and sentences in Spanish. So at the beginning of 2019, I embark on my “Spanish-Learning” journey by heading off to South America, Argentina to be precise.
BUENOS AIRES—More than just a city
I landed in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina and the second Latin city in the world, on December 31, 2018, at 18:00; a few hours before new year’s eve! I was welcomed with good winds—the true meaning of Buenos Aires. Being one of the most visited Latin cities in South America, I was rest-assured it is going to be a bit lousy especially at this time of the year.
My two months stay in the city was an unforgettable experience for me. I visited a few places including cafes and restaurants. I made sure I explored every inch of Buenos Aires before going more south to the end of the world in Tierra del Fuego.
Knowing fully well that I am going to be incognito in Buenos Aires, I figured out a stealth setup will be suitable for my tour. The “stealth” gadgets used in Argentina’s capital city are Sony D-100 and External mics like DPA 4060 or LOM MikroUsi.
FOOD AND CAFE
The food and cafe scene is rich in Buenos Aires. A lot of cafes in the city have a family-type of setting. Tables surrounded with about 4 to 8 chairs are found in Buenos Aires cafes and eateries. Citizens of Buenos Aires are often called Los Porteños. Los Porteños are proud of their cultural heritage and they speak loud most of the time. It was a great place to record rich and Hispanic cafe & restaurant ambiences!
I will remember Buenos Aires for its popular croissant which is preferably called “Medialuna”. Medialuna is a is crescent-shaped buttery and flaky bread which is often served as breakfast. It is usually served with coffee and you can find it everywhere in Argentina. Los Porteños take it for breakfast or for the typical afternoon snack break called “Merienda”. Throughout my two months stay in Buenos Aires, I picked up much more than a few words like “No pasa nada” and “Cómo te va?” which means “Don’t worry about it” and “How are you?” respectively.
Be my guest, and visit the bustling Latin city of Buenos Aires, the second-largest city in the Latin world, after Mexico!