Buenos Aires, Argentina is the hot spot for study-abroaders. I know at least six people who have been there in the past 18 months.  My good friend, Felyn, recently came back from studying in Argentina over winter break for two weeks. Felyn is a 19-year-old accounting major at the U of M who loves to travel, and decided to take a chance on a study abroad business trip.  When she got back, all she could do was talk and talk and talk about Argentina!  So from her to me to you, the following list consists of things to do that could make your trip to Buenos Aires a tad bit more exciting:

  1. Eat at Café Tortoni.  This restaurant, located centrally near the famous Plaza de Mayo, is actually the oldest coffee shop in the area, and it offers authentic Argentinean food at a reasonable American price—8-10 dollars per entré.
  2. Visit La Recoleta Cemetary.  Located in the older neighborhood of Recoleta, it’s a one-of-a-kind memorial to famous Argentineans.  A must see at the historic cemetery is the burial site of Eva Peròn, wife of President Juan Peròn and, as the Argentinean Congress puts it, the Spiritual Leader of the Nation.
  3. Watch street performers.  Some of the best entertainers will be dancing the tango at the Mercado de San Telmo, which is located just minutes south of central Buenos Aires.  This market is only open on Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm and sells purely antiques.
  4. Enjoy the nightlife of Plaza Cerrano.  This cul-de-sac, located near the neighborhood of Palermo, houses all the classiest bars and clubs, which most people enjoy from 10 pm to 6 am.
  5. Check out the Plaza Francia.  Every Saturday in the neighborhood of Recoleta, from 12 pm to 7 pm, you can find the artisan market.  All the artists in Buenos Aires who can’t find a studio to buy their artwork sell it at the plaza instead.