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Monday, April 6, 2009


Buenos Aires, I say again, is a city that´s at the top of mind for millions of travelers. According to the site AskMen (7 million readers a month), Buenos Aires is rated #13 between of the Top 29 Cities to Live in 2009.The positioning is based on a vote of the readers and makes 2 questions whose answers are really impressive.

I found an excellent post of Gina-Marie Gattone to transcribe here.

Why you should live in Buenos Aires?

European atmosphere, great nightlife

"After the 2001 economic collapse, Argentina went from being one of South America’s most expensive cities to the cheapest almost overnight. Nearly 10 years later, the dollar is still strong against the Argentine peso, making vibrant Buenos Aires (known as the “Paris of South America”) a cosmopolitan city that is just as affordable as it is beautiful. Unlike most Latin American cities, it has a distinctly European flair -- not only because of the French-style architecture seen throughout, but in the beauty of its people who, only a few generations ago, were immigrants of mostly Italian and Spanish origins.It’s a mystery how Argentines maintain their fit physiques considering the gastronomic specialties of the region are beef and wine. There are tons of restaurants to choose from, and a typical steak dinner for two including wine, appetizer, main dish, dessert, and coffee can run for as little as $50, however, the cuts and quality of meat are far likely to exceed that of a New York steakhouse. Most restaurants offer local wines at a fraction of the cost of what they’re sold for outside the country. Dinnertime starts around 10 p.m., but the real nightlife begins after midnight and lasts well into the early hours of the morning. Although people are very fashionable, dress is informal, so you can trade in your suit and tie for a more business-casual wardrobe."

Why you should live in Buenos Aires in 2009?

Rising reputation for expat living, affordability

"In 2008, Travel and Leisure rated Buenos Aires No. 2 on their list of World’s Best Cities. Although the city is a great place to visit, in 2009 it’s an even better place to live. It is home to a vibrant expat community and it’s an excellent place to lay low during the dramatic financial crisis without sacrificing your lifestyle. Speaking Spanish is not a prerequisite for living in Buenos Aires as many Argentines are fluent in English and are willing to practice their language skills with foreigners. Whether you’re looking to get back up on your feet and reinvent yourself -- learn a new language, cultivate some new interests -- or simply ride out the financial storm in an environment where the dollar is strong and life is easy, Buenos Aires is the city for you."

Since publishing this blog (the Hostel Colonial Blog in Buenos Aires, Argentina) and especially in 2008, Buenos Aires has received a great number of distinctions from magazines and websites specializing in tourism, all of great prestige and credibility. These are the links to access these posts and continue to enjoy my city, Buenos Aires.

For the second consecutive year, the city of Buenos Aires was chosen the best in the continent by the readers of the prestigious magazine…Condé Nast Traveler

Buenos Aires was elected as the "Intertational Destination" and "Destination of the Year" for the gay publicOut Traveler

Buenos Aires está de moda…Traveler National Geographic

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