Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Buenos Aires Secret Garden

My aching feet are evidence of an exciting, explorative day

Yesterday I arrived in the never sleeping Buenos Aires.  Buenos Aires seems to almost be bursting at the seams with culture as there are so many different people spread across the city. According to our tour guide, Buenos Aires has Italo-Argentines, Anglo-Argentines, a substantial Jewish community, a Chinatown, a Koreatown, and immigrants from neighbouring and nearby countries (Paraguayans, Bolivians, Peruvians).

Buenos Aires is full of surprises! Today alone I have come across three hidden oasis tucked away behind the walls of private villas or Casas as they are called in Spanish smack bag in the middle of the buzzing city. The only evidence of these secret gardens is parts of fountains, trees and plants which can be seen by having a sneak peak through the ornate cast iron gates and down marbled covered arched hallways. It is incredibly temping to push open the gate and discover a real ‘secret garden’.

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