We're back in the United States! John and I have been very busy during the past month, and we've been having a great time. Now that we're back home (and don't have anymore homework!), we're looking forward to finishing off some last blog posts that we weren't able to write earlier.
There are probably 1,000,000 things to do in Buenos Aires. We had a blast going to a couple tango shows, enjoyed exploring many of the city's museums, and loved walking around the city and seeing all of the unique architecture. However, weekend after weekend, John and I kept finding ourselves back at the artisan fair in our neighborhood. The "Recoleta Fair" is always mentioned in the tour books and websites. When we first went, we enjoyed walking to all of the stalls and seeing what the different artists make. They set up their stands along the sidewalks of the park that is located beside the famous Recoleta Cemetery (where Eva Peron and Sarmiento are buried), and as you walk along, it's pretty obvious why it's such an awesome place for tourists to go.
Since this weekend fair takes place so close to where our homestays were, John and I found ourselves going there for Saturday and/or Sunday dinners. The food stands there sold, among other delicious foods, choripán (a delicious sausage sandwich), which quickly became one of our favorite Argentine foods; we ate it more times than I can remember. Also, in the middle of the fair there's a large, grassy area where multiple musicians and other performers set up to share their talent. People sit and lay all over this lawn to enjoy the good weather and the music. As we kept going back, we realized that the majority of the people who sit in the grassy area are also locals. How did we figure this out? We noticed that almost everyone in that area was drinking "mate." Now in case you didn't already know, mate is a tea-like drink that is extremely popular in Argentina. One of the neat aspects of mate is that it is traditionally a very social drink. Once we got our own mate supplies, we were able to enjoy drinking mate with our friends in the park as well.
Basically, the Recoleta Fair is amazing. It's got wonderful stalls, talented musicians, and lots of grass to relax on (a treasure in the city!). I hope you enjoy these pictures from our favorite weekend hang-out spot.
Thanks for reading! - Jamie and John