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We just got home from a month living and working in Buenos Aires. Did you even know we were gone???
The trip happened so quickly that we didn’t really have time to spread the word. After what seemed like an eternity of snow and cold in Edmonton, we decided that we needed to get away for a while. We, rather randomly, chose Buenos Aires as the destination and within a couple of weeks we were off!
We spent lot of time reading, learning, posting on Photography Concentrate, and exploring the city. It was a trip we certainly will never forget, and we’re so excited to go through all the photos!
For now, here are 10 images that give a great sense of what our month was like in Buenos Aires.
Big Lights, Big City
This is the view from the balcony of the apartment we stayed in. It was right smack dab in the middle of the action, which was a huge change for us! We live in a super quiet little suburb, so the big city atmosphere was probably the furthest from what we’re used to. It was a great experience to throw ourselves into such a new situation, but we’re very glad to be back home to our peace and quiet :)
We probably ate empanadas at least 4 times a week. They were incredible! Rob described them best as the “Original Pizza Pops”. Beef and chicken were the most popular fillings. I think I’m going to have to learn how to make them here!
Buenos Aires loves the antiques. In San Telmo, one of the neighbourhoods, there was a huuuuuuuge antique market every Sunday, as well as dozens of antique shops. So much fun to just stroll around, we could really get a sense of life “back in the day”.
Argentinians absolutely love their BBQ. The restaurants that served it were called parillas, and they took their meat very seriously. Here you can see a chef brushing the grill with salt water, admist his many many tools. Verdict on the steak? Well, being from Alberta I have to say that it didn’t quite live up to the hype. We’re pretty spoiled when it comes to steak here :)
They are definitely bookworms in Buenos Aires. There were so many bookstores, including some of the most beautiful in the world (photos to come!). Unfortunately for us they were mostly all in Spanish, but we got by with our Kindle App, and spent a LOT of time reading. It was blissful :)
We spent most of our time just walking around the city, snapping photos of what we saw. Rob was especially good at it, and got some incredible images that I just can’t wait to print out! The architecture in the city gave us such a great backdrop for street photography.
Buenos Aires is a major destination for street art. You would see the most incredible murals all over the place. This one was probably the most impressive piece we found. The texture and detail was mind blowing. It was quite fun to spot art all over the place!
Every weekend there were a couple street fairs, and we loved to go and just soak up the atmosphere. There were incredible performers, tons of stalls with beautiful crafts, and lots and lots of tasty food. Such an enjoyable way to spend the day!
This is definitely not a standard destination for visitors to Buenos Aires, but one that we’ll remember well! We were looking for a photo to represent the concept of a list, and were having trouble. I spotted a free museum, so we wandered in, and found ourselves in what we fondly refer to as the “Toilet Museum”. It was actually all about the history of the city water system, but we thought Toilet Museum sounded funnier :)
Through the magic of the internet, and a little bit of luck, we met some very wonderful new friends in Buenos Aires. They not only showed us to some great restaurants, but they were also the only people we could speak English with, so they really made our trip so much more enjoyable! You’ll be seeing the results of a super fun portrait session with them soon, so stay tuned :)
When we get the chance to go through all the images from the trip we’ll share more stories and photos on this blog! But for now, we’re getting set for a GREAT shooting season ahead, and a LOT of posts on this blog! So come back regularly, we can’t wait to see you again!
P.S. There are more photos from Buenos Aires on our Flickr account if you want some sneaky peeks!
Hope you’re having an awesome day! See ya soon!