Buenos Aires – I Just Don’t Like You
Buenos Aires – I Just Don’t Like You
Some cities you visit you instantly fall in love with. This time, it didn’t happen. There was a honeymoon period where I kept my mind open and tried to experience what the city has to offer. But after 7 months living and working in the city I’ve had the time to form an opinion and let it sit in; Buenos Aires – I Just Don’t Like You.
Not everybody is the same and I may be one of an extreme select few who did not fall in love with the artificial charm of the Paris of the South. These are my 6 reasons why:
1) Dog Poo Everywhere
I own a husky so she isn’t exactly a pocket-sized pooch – So I know that it can be a pain to clean up after them. But I do it. So why is it that the entire population (minus the dog walkers) do not pick up after their dogs? The poop is everywhere – You spend the entire time walking with your head down to make sure you do not step in a satanic pile and you miss the beautiful architecture of the city. A multitude of hatred towards the city for this disgusting trait . And also – I am highly displeased when I walk down the street and step on a loose tile and I am sprayed with liquid, only to realize it has not rained in a week, and I’ve just been drenched in dog piss. I can do without that.
2) Vegetarians Worst Nightmare
Yes, this is my fault, and most people are not in the same boat – but I do not eat red meat. And I moved to the Beef capital of the world. Yes, I take full responsibility. But, unlike Canada – also a large beef producer – there are not many options (read budget-friendly) for us vegetarians out there. All the cheap food options, street stalls, and similar are 100% red meat with no other non-meat options. The only cheap, vegetarian friendly option I found was the bakeries which sold the croissants (this equated to me gaining 4kg!). Maybe the grocery store has better options? Not really. They had the vegetable basics, tomatos, potatos, carrots, oh my – but other than apples – the fruit selection is limited and with my lack of cooking skills – I just wanted a food stall that sells veggie burgers!
3) Traffic up the Wazoo
Yes, every big city has this issue. I come from a small town and I prefer rural. Moving to yet another city with plus 10 Million people – not a good idea but I did it to myself. But Buenos Aires is significantly worse than Bangkok, Thailand because people are bumped to bumper honking non-stop and when their light turns red they enter the intersection and are halted by the impassable road ahead. So essentially block the road for the rest of the traffic causing a greater jam in the entire city. If they would simply remain on one side of the street until a space opened across the intersection – the entire city traffic would be that much simpler. But I do like their trains even though they are slow. That is a plus to the city.
4) Only for the Party People
If you do not like to party, drink, or simply stay up all night to enjoy what the city has to offer – this city is not for you. Sure, Buenos Aires is an excellent art centre – but after 1 month I had visited all the museums, gone to all the parks, and walked around every major sight. If you’re an early riser and like your hours awake during the day – the city does not offer much. Most businesses or activities do not open until 10am or later and nobody can hang out before noon because they are all hung over. I’ve seen some pretty impressive functioning people who’ve been awake for 72 hours alternating work all day/party all night – But I’d rather meet people outside of the bar scene and honestly – I can’t stay awake until 2am just to commence the pre-drinking! I’m an 80 year old at heart.
5) Expensive with High Inflation
Things are very pricey for a city with not a lot to offer. And every month, with rapid inflation, the country is getting more expensive while the salaries of the population are remaining the same. Buying power in a city such as this is horrible and only getting worse. The value is also terrible in Buenos Aires. To go shopping means you will spend $100 on a terribly made t-shirt all for the sack of protectionism. So the item is overpriced and it will rip within a few months. Why buy anything? Ever?. Upon arrival, my corner bakery had croissants for 14 ARG Pesos ($3.15) per dozen, within 2 months the price increased to 20 ARG Pesos ($4.50) per dozen. That is a 43% increase in 2 months! Not worth it even when I am on a strong currency such as the Canadian Dollar!
6) Men Harass Woman on the Street
I have always been an independent girl. Like every girl – I love a good compliment. Who doesn’t want to be told they are gorgeous? What I don’t like – Men hissing at you as you walk by, and most feeling its appropriate to grab at my arm r waist and pull me towards them. This is usual street behaviour. I never realized touching people without their permission was appropriate? It isn’t. It never will be. Leave me alone strange men on the street – I don’t want or need your attention.
Now, I still think Buenos Aires would be a fantastic place to visit for 2 weeks or so – Have some fun then move on. But for me, choosing Buenos Aires as a place to live and work was a mistake. There were too many things about the city that just clashed with my personality to make it a good fit. I’ve seen, I’ve experienced, and now I’ve Judged.