3 Days in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The city by the Rio Plata is filled with the grandeur of European buildings, the hectic bustle of Calle Florida, the sensual rhythms of tango, the cobblestones of San Telmo and the bright colours of La Boca. Buenos Aires weaves a potent spell, but it is the porteños of Buenos Aires– their warmth, passion and…

Top 5 Most Romantic Cities in the World

Cosy little villages, mountainsides sprinkled with snow, isolated beaches with powdery white sand, and exotic deserts reflecting the heat and colour of the sun – all well and good for couples looking for Mother Nature, seclusion, and privacy, but what of those of us who like our romantic getaways to be a little more vibrant…

A few of my favourite things: Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is an enchantress of a city, filled with stately European architecture, the heady beat of a tango saloon, antiques markets staged in cobblestoned squares and the warmth and passion of the porteños. The winters are mild, the summers warm, and there is so much life in BA – I fell so much in love with…

Patagonia: A Whale (and a penguin and a seal) of a Time!

We caught the overnight bus down to Puerto Madryn from Buenos Aires – ultimate luxury in “cama suite” seats.  There were just six seats in our class, and we filled four of them; the last two were porteños going down to their holiday house. I spent some of the 19 hour bus ride practicing my…

Estancia La Cina Cina, San Antonio de Areco, Argentina

Only 2 hours by bus from Buenos Aires, Estancia La Cina Cina is located in the sleepy little town of San Antonio. We’d booked a full day with the ranch, with a full complement of activities – a traditional asado, or Argentinean barbecue, a dance performance, horse riding on the property, a tour of the…

Patagonia, the end of the world

The day we arrived at El Chalten, the skies were grey and wet. Our bus stopped us in the new terminal and dropped us off. Rainwater dripped off our hoods as we consulted our (very damp) map. El Chalten is a small town, in fact, the newest town in Argentina, and there are only a…

Mendoza: Hostel Lao, horse riding and wine drinking

Mendoza is a beautiful city of parks and fountains, a welcome home-away-from-home on my next-to-last leg ofSouth America. I found respite in the Hostel Lao, located within walking distance to the city’s heart, away from the noise and bustle ofSan Martin Avenuewith its shops and restaurants. You may also like Cordoba, Argentina Having said my…

Cordoba, Argentina

Having said my goodbyes to my friends in Buenos Aires, I jumped on yet another overnight bus heading towards Argentina’s northwest and arrived in Cordoba during the Christmas/New Year week. The city was quiet, the students mostly gone back home for the holidays, and most shops and attractions were closed. The city is easily navigable,…