Last Day in Buenos Aires

This week has flown by. I can't believe that tonight I will be on a plane, back to Los Estados Unidos, back to Boston. I feel like there's so much of Argentina that I didn't see, but that just means that I'll have to come back later. I have a feeling that while this was my first trip to South America, it won't be my last.

Here's a few great spots we visited during my last days in the city:

  • La Boca, the brightly painted district near the water where immigrants once painted the buildings with leftover paint from the ships at the port. Very touristy but worth a look!
  • The Obelisk, a giant monument in the middle of the city on Nueve de Julio Street
  • Filo, a hipster pizza restaurant in Retiro, Buenos Aires
  • Flor de Metal, literally a giant metal flower in Palermo that rotates, opens and closes like a real flower, depending on the sun. Great photo opportunity!
  • Cafe Tortoni, a gorgeous, huge cafe built in 1858 that transports you back in time. The food is great, but the atmosphere is what makes this hot spot unique. Figures such as the King of Spain or Hillary Clinton have frequented this cafe so you really never know who you'll meet there

Now I'm off to hunt down a penguin pitcher to hopefully take home. Maybe I can convince a restaurant to give me one. ¡Adios Argentina!

UPDATE 3/18/12: I could not find a penguin wine pitcher (pingüino). Does anyone know where I could find one?

UPDATE 3/26/12: My penguin pitcher has been found, I repeat, it has been found. SUCCESS! Now the tricky part is having Sunny delicately carry it from Argentina to Brazil, then Brazil to California, then California to Boston, Massachusetts. I just hope it makes it in one piece!