Much has been written about the second largest city in South America, Buenos Aires, or BA, as it’s called in shorthand. It’s easy to see why. It is a city with its own unique personality and life. The (dirty, I thought) streets are filled with people, and the sidewalks with cafés. The Argentineans look to Europe for their model, and it shows, particularly to Americans like me.

If you have any reservations about automobile travel, don’t take taxis in Buenos Aires. The subway is very inexpensive—just a couple pesos ($.50 U.S.)—and it goes everywhere. It’s easy to navigate, but extremely crowded in the afternoons.

If you’re the adventurous type, you can pick up a taxi just about anywhere, and they are very cheap compared to other cities. You can get anywhere in town for around 5-10 bucks once you’re in Buenos Aires. However, taxis from the international airport are very pricey, costing between thirty and forty dollars. They drive at breakneck speed and interpret all traffic laws and lane lines as mere suggestions.

This is a must see city for anyone who winds up in this wonderful country. And go see Evita Peron’s grave. It’s cheesy and touristy, but worth doing. The Recoleta cemetery is also a stunning architectural experience.

Edwin Lyngar graduated with his MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University in 2010.  He lives in Reno with his wife and five children and blogs at
www.armchairblasphemy.com.