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Buenos Aires

Apparently, I have a Spanish accent… Not all the time (that would be odd), but when I am speaking Spanish.

Now this assertion can only have been made outside of Spain, because there are a good few folk in Spain who might want to disagree; but that’s another story…

I have been told about my accent a few times over the last week – and you may have worked out from other posts that I am currently in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Coming in by air; Buenos Aires is huge, huge and remote… or at least it seems remote after flying over what looked like farm land for a couple of hours before touchdown. Green would be another description, the area around the airport is very green, lots of pampas grass – of course.

 

Buenos Aires - Obelisk

Buenos Aires – Obelisk

 

Buenos Aires - Argentine Flag

Buenos Aires - Argentine Flag

 

Buenos Aires - San Telmo

Buenos Aires - San Telmo

Buenos Aires - San Telmo

Buenos Aires - San Telmo

There are some rather strange activities going on at traffic lights, walking out in front of the traffic with advertising hoardings seems a little odd at first; but I suppose we have the sandwich board men in the UK as well these days.

Entertaining the traffic with flaming ‘bolas’ we don’t have; well not yet; I may have a bit more time on my hands soon so I might set up stall at the Bearwood lights, I think it could be a winner.

Buenos Aires - Avenida 9 de Julio

Buenos Aires - Avenida 9 de Julio


 

Another bit of private enterprise going on seems to be rubbish sorting, there are quite large piles all over town with folk rummaging about in them; they seem to be looking for the cardboard, I didn’t expect to see this kind of thing…

Buenos Aires - Avenida 9 de Julio

Buenos Aires - Avenida 9 de Julio

They call Buenos Aires ‘The Paris of the South’, if you need a comparison I would have to say Barcelona would be a better match; but this is first impressions…

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