Concrete Jungle

24 Aug

Buenos Aires is a big city. Very big. Tons of things to do. However, it has now been a month and a day since I arrived in this glorious place, and I am missing clean air and horizons. And, as I am not the only one to encounter this problem, and couple friends and I decided to embark on an adventure to the Reserva Natural de Buenos Aires.

I have to admit, it was a lot of fun. However, don’t think that it was lush jungles and fun animals gallivanting around and creating a ruckus. Mostly, it was a lot of yellowish grass and a few palm trees in a big marsh. And when I say marsh, I mean that the maps all show water and we thought maybe we were actually lost until we saw the sign saying we were in the right place. Apparently even at the natural reserve you can’t get lush green areas in Bs. As. However, even with the lack of water and in the marsh and the amount of walking it required (which, by the way, was a lot; I think we probably walked 3 miles between getting there, walking through it, and coming back), it was totally worth all of it.

First off, you could breathe. Like, without smog or smoke or anything else being evident. Second, we saw parrots. PARROTS. Just chilling. In the street. In the city. Parrots. We kinda freaked out a little. But the best part of all was the water. One thing that not many people know about Bs. As. is that while it is obviously on the water, there are no beaches. There is really not many places at all to see the water, because Bs. As. is a port city, so there are just a lot of ports. You have to try to stand in or next to the water. So, the fact that we walked up to a palm tree, and ton of rocks, and then a coast was awesome. The best part? The horizon. There was a straight line that divided the sky from the water and I could see it uninterrupted. Uninterrupted! I love this city, and cities in general, but it was so nice to get to see something other than large buildings! And on the way back, we had a wild guinea pig run in front of us. Can you say awesome?

All in all, the reserve wasn’t what I expected really, but it was still very nice and totally worth the walking. Next on the list of places to go: Jardín Japonés tomorrow, Mendoza (!) in one week, Tango World Cup Final on the 31st, and the Argentina-España fútbol game September 7th. In other words, watch out for later entries, because these next few weeks are going to be amazing for me!

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