Posted by: Jeff | January 26, 2009

Interesting Places in Buenos Aires

Here’s a tour of some of the places that I’ve grown accustomed to here and that I have found interesting.

El Lago de Palermo

This place is a massive collection of greenery right in the middle of the city (very similar to Central Park in New York City).  If you come here on after work or on the weekends, expect mountains of people to be here.  Also, the people who are here aren’t just walking around enjoying a beautiful day; a lot of them are doing some form of a workout there, be it running, biking… some even bring their weights to the park to lift weights here.

Here’s a picture with relatively few people around (I have the luxury of not having classes until March 1st, which means I can be there anytime.)

Palermo Lake

Palermo Lake

River Plate Stadium

This is where the River Plate holds all of its home games, and is also the unofficial national stadium for any big events (Elton John came to BsAs the 22nd I think).  It also was home to the 1978 FIFA World Cup and has a maximum capacity of 75,000 people.  The famous Boca-River rivalry is held here too, which is one of the most heated rivalries in the world.  Argentines take soccer, err fútbol very seriously, and last year officials cancelled a game because somebody died at the match.

El Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti

El Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti

The Egregious, overbearing amount of statues and monuments here.

Perhaps I should be fair and say that there are many very legitimate and stimulating monuments here.  There is the monument to the desaparecidos in San Telmo, the monument to the soldiers lost in the Guerra de las Malvinas in Retiro, and the Eva Perón Monument near Recoleta.  Those all carry some weight to them, but by and large there are tons of statues here that have no bearing on the culture as a whole, and many Argentines joke about how they don’t even know who they are.

Most of these statues were built before 1930, when Argentina was the 3rd largest economy in the world, and had more money than it had good uses, so a lot of money went to monuments and beautiful buildings (which I’m thankful for…I get to walk by them every day.)  For many Argentines though, it is a reminder of better times.  Most will agree that life is better now than it was seven, eight years ago but nobody will tell you that it is better than before the 2001 economic meltdown.

Here are some of the pictures of the statues though:

Dude on Horse

Dude on Horse

Dude on Horse

Dude on Horse

Not a dude on horse, but same idea

Not a dude on horse, but same idea

Dude on Horse

Dude on Horse: In the background you can see BA's planetarium...no I don't know why BA has a planetarium either.

One more cool BA landmark…not of significance but very beautiful:

Floralis Genérica

This statue was built in April 2002 to promote world understanding.  It’s perhaps my favorite part of BA.  It’s designed by Eduardo Catalano, whose is an Argentine architect and designer.  The flower opens every morning at 8:00 and closes at dusk everyday, according to the season.  I think it’s marvelous piece of art; it’s the kind of art that I feel that I would put in my house, if I ever become an eccentric billionaire.

floralis-generica

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