Travel, Tourism, and Tango: A Buenos Aires Blog

The most helpful of information for those with the South American travel bug.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Introduction to my Travel Blog about Buenos Aires and Beyond

OK, Blog. I think it's high time to write you.

As I've now decided to live in Buenos Aires, and now have what is called "experience" in certain circles, I've been getting more and more questions from friends and friends of friends about "what to do" in Buenos Aires: where to live, where to eat, where to tango, what to see...


Instead of typing up the same email to a whole bunch of people, (this writer hates "copy paste" letters) I want to write a Very Useful Blog in which I can give an exhaustive account of what I have learned here, to save people the headache of looking for a diaspora of information.

This blog is intended to help travelers bound to South American (and specifically Buenos Aires) get information about the city of Buenos Aires, and more generally, South America. I've only been to South South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Uruguay. (Listed in both alphabetical order, and conveniently, in my order of favoriteness.)

Current Articles:
Hostel Reviews
Hostelling International
Hostel Tips & Etiquette


The agenda of future blog articles is:

Looking for an Apartment/House/Roomshare
What the heck I'm doing here, and why I'm staying
Money, converting money, false money, and small money.
Tourist attractions in B.A.: what to see while you're here
....(ie. San Telmo Market, Museums, The Big Metal Flower, Bike Tour, Ricoletta Cemetery)
Working as a visaless ex-pat in BA
Party/night life
Castillano/Lunfando (Argentine Spanish and Argentine Slang)
Neighborhoods in Buenos Aires
Plugs, Phones, (how the #s work) Technologies, internet cafes, and Computers: what to bring, what to buy
Helpful Things to bring
Hints for living cheaply
Spanish schools: learn fast, cheap, and well.
Latin Men/Women
Transportation: The Subte, Busses, Taxis, and the Guia
Safety, security, theft, robbing of things
Medical Information
Couch Surfing, WOOFing
Helpful websites

And don't miss out on:
Argentina outside of Buenos Aires

I only really resolved to start this blog yesterday, so this list is only a beginning. To all my as-of-yet-non-existant readers: any suggestions as to what to add? Any pre-emptive questions?

A few disclaimers: I am putting up Google ads on my blog because I want to get a little cash out of this deal. In all honesty, I'm not expecting friends and family to keep up with this blog, because most of them probably won't come here. So, basically, I'm hoping to be useful, give free advice, and to have big companies pay me for being useful. If I link to amazon, I get a 15% of the proceeds. If you click on the adds, a dime in my pocket. Such is life. I hope the ads aren't too annoying.


  1. Hi Sarah,

    Welcome! I'm looking forward to your posts.

    That's a great profile pic, BTW!


  2. There are so many tourist attractions in BA that you need at least a month to get to know the city!
    Also, there are different options to rent apartments in Buenos Aires and have and amazing time.

  3. Hi Sarah,

    My name is KC Owens, I’m a college student and I love to travel! While cruising the Internet, I found your site and really enjoyed reading your posts. I have been to countries all over Europe with just my backpack and a camera. Since I am a college student and I have significant bills, it can be difficult to find ways to travel the world. However, I have done this several times, with less than ten pounds of luggage and while on a college dime!

    I was hoping that you would allow me to write a post for your blog to share my tips and tricks with your readers. I put a lot of time into my traveling, it is my biggest passion and I would love to inspire others by sharing my stories, mistakes and triumphs. I look forward to hearing from you!


    KC Owens

  4. You are welcome to! Send me the post at, and I'll put it up credited to you. It has to do with South America?

  5. P.S. I obviously can't pay you, as I am a poor artist. :)

  6. But if you're interested in writing, you should make your own blog! It's free, and then you have things to share with your friends and family!