Visit Buenos Aires!

Argentina’s beautiful win against South Korea in this morning’s World Cup match only got me thinking about my recent study abroad experience in the South American nation. Although quite famous for its dulce de leche, beef, empanadas and mate (yerba leaf tea), Argentina has a lot more to offer other than its gastronomy.

Just recently Argentina turned 200 years old, but in the city of Buenos Aires the people had more to celebrate than the nation’s birthday. The capital city has become a booming metropolis of cultural and social diversity, and although the government still faces criticism, the Argentine political realm has been in progressive path for the past 30 years.

But why visit Buenos Aires? There are countless reasons. It’s the Paris of the South. You can eat the best steak in the world. There are delicious empanadas on every street corner. Every guidebook will tell you more or less the same thing.

The real reason to visit Buenos Aires is to experience the people. Go into a café and sit there for a while, long after you have finished your café cortado and medialuna (sweet croissant). You will realize the same people who were there when you entered will still be there when you leave. The Argentines appreciate the time they have with others and lengthy conversations are a staple to daily life in Buenos Aires.

Go to a football match and experience the undying loyalty for Boca Juniors or River Plate (rival teams of the city). Fútbol for many Argentines is a way of life.

Go to a local milonga and observe the social rules of tango dancing. You won’t have the same experience at an elaborate tourist oriented tango show.

The spirit of Buenos Aires is not found in the highest rated steak restaurant or the most famous leather goods store. It is in the everyday life that provokes cross-cultural participation. No guidebook will give you the detailed instructions on how to experience that.

posted by Let’s Travel! intern: Brittany

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Hornblower blows ‘em away!

Thurs., July 4 aboard the Hornblower Esprit, celebrating Macy’s 4th, the nation’s 233rd Independence Day anniversary. What a night!

Hornblower Yachts owns up to having the largest number of luxury vessels in eight U.S. cities, including New York. The company has seven here ranging from the largest, the Infinity, at over 200’, accommodating up to 700, to the smallest, the Esprit, at 90’ , accommodating 80-100. Cruises are set lunch/ brunch and dinner, for a coterie of special events and private parties, corporate meetings, and weddings, of course! They serve both sit-down and buffet menus.. They also do After 5 cocktail cruises, and a host of charitable events. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. It’s now in its 40th year.

On the night we were on, the 4th, we were seated on the Sky Deck of the Esprit, a restored beauty. There were only seven tables on this top deck facing out and with a nicely appointed bar in front of us manned by Nicholas, a really talented barkeep, and with some soft jazz by DJ Mike, which later turned to Pop, Latin, Disc and Rock for or dancing pleasure. Gabriel was our Maitre’d and Oscar was our chef for the evening. Boy can this guy cook! Dinner started off with a plate of Blinis with Caviar, followed by a nice medley of Little Neck clams and oysters on the ½ shell, with a sampling of jumbo shrimp in the best salsa I’ve ever tasted ( I asked for a second. My apologies ). This was followed by a full serving of Agnolotti served Italian style over freshly baked cherry tomatoes and a very fresh salad of lettuce, celery, cucumber and more cherry tomatoes. The entrée: Lobster and Filet Mignon with a crab filling topped with a wild mushroom sauce. A bottle of Chandon white was offered to each guest complimentary. Ha! You can’t beat that! As for dessert, a chilled freshly baked apple strudel and chocolate dipped strawberries was the finale, with good coffee and an assortment of blended teas for the asking. And, yes, the bar was open for the entire 3 ½ hours we were on board. By the way, the company provides translaters for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, French, German and Italian guests.

The yachts ail from Pier 15/ 75 South St. adjoining the South St. Seaport and Pier 40 on the West Side/ W. Houston St. and the Hudson River, from March thru-November with 10 daily departures, 7 days-a-week.

In New York they operate the Statue Cruises affiliate to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island State Park from the Battery Park Terminal on the Manhattan side, along with a Liberty Water Taxi service. They also serve the Metro New York area with a round-the-clock ferry service, the city’s first commuter ferry operation to points in Manhattan, Bklyn and Queens. In brief, the company is the world’s leading provider of high-speed ferry services. For more on Hornblower try: info@365ticketsUSA.com or 1-844TKTS, or phone 646-780.9693 or simply: www.Hornblower.com

 

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