Buenos Aires Journals

Buenos Aires and the Vegetarian Student

A June 2001 trip to Buenos Aires by DanaR

Quote: Buenos Aires from the vantage point of an an American student, abroad for half of a year. The seemingly lone vegetarian in the land of the meat-eaters, she explores the streets of Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires and the Vegetarian Student

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Overview

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Buenos Aires has its tourist attractions, and some of them are worth the effort: el Cementerio de Recoleta, la Feria de Mataderos, el Teatro Colon, el Rural, to name a few. However, many tourist attractions prove dowdy and unexciting. The excitement of Buenos Aires lies in the hidden cafes of la Plaza Cortazar, the colorful nightlife of San Telmo, and the complex poetry of the city's motley architecture and well-worn streets. Quick Tips: Walk the city! There is no other way to understand it, and the central parts are not as vast as one might think. Spend the day meandering from la Casa Rosada, up to Begrano, or wander about San Telmo on a Sunday and enjoy the Feria. The city's geography ...Read More

Teatro Colon

Attraction

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Built in the early twentieth century in an effort to make Buenos Aires more European, the Teatro Colon opera house remains one of the best preserved remnants of Argentine propsperity. The decadent beauty of the opera house is reflected in plush red seats and legions of chandeliers. The tour of the theater is both stunning and educational. But the Teatro Colon is not simply a gorgeous building; the opera house still draws the great opera stars and classical musicians. During my six months in Buenos Aires, I saw a fantastic rendition of Puccini's Madame Butterfly, as well as the pianist Bruno Gelber perform with the National Symphony Orchestra. Contrary to what you might have heard, tickets ar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 23, 2002

Teatro Colon
Libertad 651
Capital Federal, Argentina 1012
+54 11 43787132

El Rural

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Attraction

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If you find yourself growing weary of the hub-bub of Buenos Aires, El Rural might serve as a good breather. Located towards the center of Buenos Aires, El Rural, as the name might indicate, is a country fair in the middle of an urban setting. What makes this fair notable is its sheer wackiness. It is Argetina's version of the county fair, and the flavor is purely Argentine. There you will find photos of racks of meat hanging next to still living prize cattle, award-winning roosters, electrified cows, silos and tractors on display, the occasional circus-like show, and food stalls. El Rural is open every weekend during the warm months, and costs a minimal amount of money.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 23, 2002

El Rural
Avenida las Heras
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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It sounds preposterous - to forego meat in a country largely known for their pampas-ranged cattle. And it's not the best idea. Vegetables are scarce in Argentine cuisine, and when they are prepared, they are rarely prepared well. So vegetarians beware - you are not in for a culinary heaven. Instead, you will survive on starchy foods, meager salads, and lots of bread and cheese. To further compound matters for the traveling vegetarian, there's a true dearth of vegetarian restaurants. There is the occasional macrobiotic restaurant, if you feel like some tasteless vegetarian cuisine, and an Indian restaurant near la Calle Florida that serves barely passable Indian fare. But the sacrifice of good f...Read More