Juan Carlos and I packed about as much culture into our last day in Buenos Aires as one would think possible. We went to a fantastic Duchamp exhibit at a new museum called PROA, walked around La Boca, met friends for lunch at Mott in Palermo, booked tomorrow’s Buquebus tickets to Colonia, went to MALBA, walked to El Ateneo and finally went for a goodbye parilla.
I am going to miss Buenos Aires, it is a fantastic, sexy city. It is interesting that I have a hard time putting my finger on exactly what it is about this place that is so enticing. There are not a lot of great landmarks, no particularly amazing architectural gems, not a lot of destinations in and of themselves. Overall (and despite Argentine protestations to the contrary) this is not a foodie destination as Argentine cooking is fairly bland and basic. But the collective fabric of the city is incredible, and the feel of it makes you want to wander aimlessly, criss-crossing the town by day or night to soak up the fantastic energy of the place. The people are friendly and welcoming, and it seems like there is always something to do with friends new and old. Buenos Aires is one of those places that makes me feel strangely at home and at ease, but also feels so very sophisticated. I will definitely be back.