Buenos Aires is a mix of many different cultures. It is known for its party atmosphere, exciting nightlife, many theaters, and old cafés where porteos (people who live there) go for a breakfast medialuna (croissant). Doesn’t that sound pretty bad? Read on to find out why it would be a bad idea to book the first one-way flight to the best city for students in the Spanish-speaking world, according to the 2018 QS Best Student Cities list.
1. Porteos like good music, good food, and fashion, which is a horrible thing to say.
People who live in port cities are called porteos, which is Spanish slang for “people who live in Buenos Aires.” The word “Porteos” has many different meanings, some good and some bad, depending on your point of view. All of these meanings come from the city’s long history of immigration, especially in the 20th century when Spanish and Italian immigrants came to the city, bringing with them new tastes and ideas long before the word “cosmopolitan” became popular.
2. Talking about music, Buenos Aires nights are too loud and distracting to work.
The nightlife in Buenos Aires is famous all over the world, and for good reason. In the Argentine capital, nights out start at dusk and end at dawn. The city has a lot of craft breweries, bars, and clubs that are open almost every day of the year. This may sound great, but if you tend to put things off, it’s not a good idea.
3. You couldn’t go to every barbecue you were invited to.
Buenos Aires has nice weather all year. Summers and springs are warm, and your winters are like springs in the UK. Between June and August, which are the coldest months, the average temperature ranges from 8.1 to 16.3 °C. But Buenos Aires residents are usually at asados (barbecues) every day of the week, especially on Sundays, rain or shine. So, it goes without saying that you’ll get so many Facebook invites to asados that you’ll have to click “decline” on some of them. After being so rude, will you even be able to live with yourself?
4. It’s too weird to share a straw with your friends when you’re drinking mate.
Mate is a type of tea. It is made by putting a few spoonfuls of herbs, hot water, and sugar in a gourd and then adding a few spoonfuls of herbs. It’s hot, but if you add juice, you can make it cold like iced coffee. Mate is full of antioxidants and is thought to have many health benefits. It can also help you focus, like if you had too much fun at one of those craft breweries we talked about earlier.
Argentina has a huge mate drinking culture, and introverts will be terrified to learn that mateada, the practice of sharing mate by passing a gourd with a straw around a group of friends, is sacred. In Buenos Aires, drinking mate is a group activity. It’s all about sharing and getting to know other people. So, you might feel a little shy at first, but you’ll make so many friends around a gourd of mate that we bet you’ll grow to love it.
5. Argentine football fans make the Premier League look like a dance recital.
As important to Argentine culture as the mateada, if not more so, is football. Rivalries between clubs are as Shakespearean as they come. For example, Boca Juniors and River Plate are sworn enemies. They are like Spurs and Arsenal or the Capulets and Montagues in England and Italy. They are both from a working-class part of Buenos Aires, and they can’t stand to see each other.
6. The universities in Buenos Aires are so good that you’d feel like a fake if you went there.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that a city with two Nobel Peace Prize winners has a wide range of bachelor’s and master’s degrees taught in Spanish or English, as well as many exchange programs and short courses that can be tailored to your needs.
It has 40 universities and 28 language centers, including the Universidad de Buenos Aires, the Universidad de Palermo, the Universidad Austral, and the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina Santa Mara de los Buenos Aires, which are all highly ranked internationally (UCA).
7. Argentine food is too tasty; you’d gain weight if you ate it.
The beef in Argentina is some of the best in the world, but Buenos Aires restaurants have a lot more to offer than just beef. Local dishes are influenced by both Italian and Spanish food, as well as other cultures.
You must try Argentine pizza, which looks a bit like the deep dish pizza from Chicago and is a very tasty treat. It usually comes with green olives, dried chili flakes, and a touch of tomato on its inch-high crusts, where Argentine mozzarella cheese drips down. It’s a lot of cheese. Some pizza shops sell it by the slice so you can eat it on the go, which is great for a night out.
8. You can’t dance, so moving to the place where tango began could be risky.
If you’re not in touch with your feelings and can’t dance for your life, like many people, moving to the place where tango was born could be dangerous. Tango is one of those dances that you really have to put your heart into, and no matter how good a tango dancer is, they can’t make up for a partner who moves their feet in a haphazard or awkward way.
9. The beautiful, large ecological reserve in Buenos Aires is too green.
The Costanera Sur along the River Plate is Buenos Aires’s version of Central Park and a blessing for people who are too tired to go anywhere else. It has 350 acres of green space that are open every day except Monday. This is a great place to take a break or go for a run.
It has three lagoons, 300 species of native and exotic birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, and 500 species of native plants and trees. There is no cost to get in or go on a guided tour, and you can rent bikes. There’s almost too much nature to see in one lifetime.