In & around of beautiful Buenos Aires

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Statuatory warning: This is not exactly a travel report! I am going to describe some of the places which I have visited in & around of Buenos Aires in Argentina in last 1.5 years. Some of the pictures were taken even from my apartment to office. Hence I would not spend many words here, rather try to give a photologue of this beautiful city & surely I shall add some photos from some small trips to nearby places in the leisure time in weekends. This photologue, which even captures some photos from my daily weekdays also, might not be called a travel report but still gave a thought of sharing it here because fewer numbers of people from India may have been to this wonderful place called Paris of Latin America. Reason of saying the before mentioned comment- so far in last one & half years, apart from the 15th August celebration in the Indian embassy I have met only 4 Indians here barring my Indian office colleagues. Apart from posting the photos, I should mention few words about the wonderful people of this place. Normally the population density is very low in Argentina. To give an idea, the size of this country is about 90% of India(this is the 8th largest country on earth, just after India), but the total population of the country is 4.3 crore as compared to the 128 crore population of India, which is just 3% of the Indian population, though the size of the country is almost equal. Most of the current people (>80%) are descendent of European people, who came after 18th century. The number of native red Indians is now very low. Most of the people here live in the capital province. The people here are very very helpful & friendly. The main problem here is most of the people including those in government offices & banks also do not understand English at all. Spanish is the official language and used everywhere from scribble of packets to websites to ATMs also. And all these are without English. So it may be really problematic for a person who does not understand Spanish at all. But in spite of not understanding the language, even by making gesture these people try to help along with patience! And though there are some incidents of burglary & snatching, the best thing I have observed here is the safety of any lady. One alone woman can easily walk in a deserted street at 2 a.m. in night also, without any kind of problem here (apart from the chance of being snatched of the valuables). The people are relaxed by nature but disciplined. The connectivity is very good with availability of buses & cabs 24X7. The Subte(metro) plies in day & evenings (not in late night as in the case of buses). And there is option of using government provided bicycles also without any cost if anyone is resident of this place. The night life is very vibrant. People here go to discotheques after 1 a.m. & parties go on till 6 a.m. Well, no more words, let me provide a glimpse of this beautiful city first, starting with the famous Obelisco -



















































Couple of photos of the rare celestial event of red moon & lunar eclipse that I viewed from here in Buenos Aires



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Trip to Tigre

This is a place very near to the city of Buenos Aires. One can reach there by around one hour of local bus journey. We went there during April, which is the autumn time here.The place is basically a delta like Sunderban with numerous small islands, but the islands are not having dense jungles, but it has long trees which became very colourful during the fall time. And all those small islands were having few cottages in each of them. The dwellers of those place has to communicate to the mainland via boats only. Hence all of them are having private small jetties & private boats for the same( some kind of similar to Venice). We booked tickets in boats which ply through the river with stoppages in the islands. And just got down in a random one & roamed around. The riot of fall colour in those tiny islands with the picturesque cottages, the velvet like green grass- everything seemed to be splendid & very romantic. It would be really awesome to spend some lazy time with anyone´s loved ones here in one of these cottages.





























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Best photo of the closest full moon and the eclipse with red colour !
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Brings back very bad memories for me! Spent 2 years of pure hell there.

Yes the city they call the Paris of SA. Great European architecture. Beautiful chicks. But the people have a reputation in South America as very arrogant and they think they're(ok spelling Hot2?) the best people in the world. Pure arrogance! Ask any other country in SA and they will say the same. But of course not all are like that. Met some really kind people who helped me in my hard times!

Corruption....maybe not a contender with India.

I could go on and on but....

Nice pics though!
"Travel is fatal to prejudice,bigotry and narrow-mindedness" Mark Twain
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Originally Posted by ananda2193 View Post Beautiful chicks. But the people have a reputation in South America as very arrogant and they think they're(ok spelling Hot2?) the best people in the world. Pure arrogance!
Porteños ! What do you expect when most people have seperate fedoras and wingtips for work, and evening walk Scarfs over ties, matte over tea !
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Beautiful photos, Tourer! I really enjoyed looking through them, thanks!
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A great enjoyment you have served to our eyes, Tourer!
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A less talked destination being pictured and shared....thank you Tourer..it was really a treat to eyes.
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Great pics, Tourer, many thanks for posting them!

I would appreciate it - if it is possible - that you label the photos.
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Originally Posted by ananda2193 View Post Brings back very bad memories for me! Spent 2 years of pure hell there.

Yes the city they call the Paris of SA. Great European architecture. Beautiful chicks. But the people have a reputation in South America as very arrogant and they think they're(ok spelling Hot2?) the best people in the world. Pure arrogance! Ask any other country in SA and they will say the same. But of course not all are like that. Met some really kind people who helped me in my hard times!

Corruption....maybe not a contender with India.

I could go on and on but....

Nice pics though!
Sorry to know about your experience here, but I would beg to differ a bit, I have really not felt that most of the people are very rude or arrogant, rather they seemed to be very helpful & friendly in nature.
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Originally Posted by Tourer View Post Sorry to know about your experience here, but I would beg to differ a bit, I have really not felt that most of the people are very rude or arrogant, rather they seemed to be very helpful & friendly in nature.
I was there 20 years ago and it was as such then! And I never said rude.

And you are an anomaly there now. Trust me that's why you get attention.

I maybe saw 4 black people in the 2 years I was there. Never an Indian!

The race there is made up of Italians and Spaniards with a few others thrown in.

Remember that's where all the Nazis went after WW11.

I'm not going to get into why I hate that place with good reason.

But like I said many people are kind there.
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Originally Posted by ananda2193 View Post I was there 20 years ago and it was as such then! And I never said rude.

And you are an anomaly there now. Trust me that's why you get attention.

I maybe saw 4 black people in the 2 years I was there. Never an Indian!

The race there is made up of Italians and Spaniards with a few others thrown in.

Remember that's where all the Nazis went after WW11.

I'm not going to get into why I hate that place with good reason.

But like I said many people are kind there.
Well, may be being anomalous is a reason for it, because I have also met with just 4 Indians apart from my Indian office colleagues in last one & half years as I mentioned earlier.
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Great report and nice pics, superbly captured. Please continue. Could you please add a bit of your observation of the people in general? Is this a very expensive place?
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Originally Posted by asishdas View Post Great report and nice pics, superbly captured. Please continue. Could you please add a bit of your observation of the people in general? Is this a very expensive place?
As mentioned earlier, to the people seemed to be very relaxed but disciplined & helpful in nature. Most of them are Spanish speaking only & do not know English at all. The attire is like any other western countries, but they tend to use scarf more. Generally they are well dressed. The food is really not palatable for our Indian taste. And moreover we do not get most of the Indian spices here(I had to come with a trolley-bag almost filled up with numerous Indian spices). Hence I really miss the tasty & spicy Indian food & Bengali sweets a lot. One can not go for streetside foods like any corner of India. Only the pizza is good here. And they have another good food named empanadas, it looks like half circle shaped shingara, & is filled up with beef/ chicken/ pork. And they do have another sandwich looking like hotdog filled with pork sausages. The quality of beef is very good here. But one has to buy it & cook it in Indian style. The meat served in any of the Argentine restaurants would not be liked by most of the Indian people.I had to become a good cook to serve myself with better food . And one very special thing here is matte, which is very frequently drank by the Argentine people( just like Indian people tend to drink tea very often) The place is surely quite more expensive than India. For an example most grocery items, clothes, electronic gadgets, room rent are a least 3 to 5 times the Indian price. And unlike US, the electronic gadgets also are pricier. Actually most of these things here are imported from outside. But the petrol / diesel price is almost equal to that of India. The cars do follow right hand side drive as opposed to left hand drive in India, hence in the initial days it might be a bit problematic to get accustomed to get into a bus, as the lane, stop & the bus doors are in opposite side. But the god thing is they ply throughout the the day & night, and stop only in the specific bus stations, even if anyone waves on the road where there is no bus stop, it does not stop to pick the person. The people get in via the front door only & maintain a queue to enter, and they get down from the middle/ rear side door. And one card is used to pay the fare in the bus/metro, which can be recharged in metro station or in some shops also. To know the route from one place to another, there is one online application, which gives very accurate direction along with bus/ metro numbers & where to get down along with the map. The city is very much planned & the roads are mostly parallel or perpendicular to each other(like a graph), so any address is depicted by the intersection of two roads apart from the number of the apartment. The night life is quite vibrant and as mentioned earlier safety of woman in the midnight also is of top notch. The biggest problem is not knowing Spanish as otherwise one will not be able to communicate with most of the people (e.g. to buy any stuff, to know the road direction, to get a doctor appointment, to get any official work in any government office, & even to withdraw money from ATMs!). And as I have mentioned earlier, the total number of the people is only 4.3 crores for the whole country(less than the cumulative total of Kolkata & 24 Pargana´s population ), though the size of the country is almost equal to India. Hence the less populations helps everything to be managed in better & disciplined manner. Please let me know if you need to know any other things in specific.
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Thanks.
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