Discovering Buenos Aires, Part I: Palermo

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Palermo by night

Obviously, Palermo is one of the parts of Buenos Aires, where people spend long nights out, as there are a lot of restaurants, bars and clubs inviting you with nice rooftop terraces, lights that create a romantic atmosphere and live music. There are special places like the Mundo Lingo Club, where you get stickers with the languages you speak and you want to learn to put onto your shirt, and that is how you get to know people and improve your skills. What you will notice is that there are above all international students, more than Argentinians. The reason might be that many of the places in Palermo are quite fancy.

A lot more during the day

Anyway, never mind if you like the night life of the richer neighbourhoods in the northern parts of Buenos Aires, during the day, there is a lot to do in Palermo: you can relax your body going for a walk in the green parts of that zone but also do something intellectual and find new inspiration at the cultural spots. In the Japonese garden, you can reach both of these aims at the same time, getting to know the ideas and traditions of the Far East referring to gardening while you calm down in the quiet atmosphere with a lot of style and creativity and a meditative aura. There is a shop where they sell Asian plants and you have the option to have a drink or lunch in the restaurant. Besides the Japonese garden, there are a lot more green places in Palermo, for example the Botanic Garden with flowers and trees from all over the planet or the Rose Garden, which is a popular motive for Buenos Aires postcards and a nice background for your photos.

Places of fascination

Who wants to see more marvellous nature of that universe but is bored by only walking around in the parks, can go to the Planetarium Galileo Galilei in Buenos Aires, which is in the northeast of Palermo. There, watching one of the shows, you can study the formations of the stars and admire their dimensions and maybe you will begin to feel like a part of it all and connected in some way – maybe as it happened to Eva Perón, the great idole for human rights in Argentina. You can discover her story and her impressive successes in the Museum Evita, which is located in the neighborhood of Palermo as well. You will note that her fame is justified: In her short life of only 33 years, she tried everything to improve the social aid system and to support children, women, workers and all the people who lived in complicated conditions. Furthermore, she reformed the health standards in the country. The museum presents those aspects in its rooms forming a chronological timeline about her biography, which makes her vision and motivation more understandable. It is located in the home of a former project of the Foundation Eva Perón.

Free spirits

If you want to get to know more freethinkers with great ideas, you can visit the Malba museum which is neither far from Palermo towards Recoleta. There, you can find Latin American contemporary works of artists of various styles, each one sharing a part of his mind and his story in his pictures and sculptures by the materials and colors he has been using. Bring your student identification card for both of the museums, as you will get a discount.

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