When Camille met Roberto: my unexpected Buenos Aires encounter

Hello from my new abode in Palermo! I am no longer a resident of the America del Sur hostel in San Telmo, but have moved to the other side of town and am now renting a sofa-bed in a small flat in Palermo Soho - sharing with the owner, a 39-year-old Argentinian lady, and her cat Ramon. It's not that the hostel wasn't good. In fact, with its many facilities and activities it was pretty great (it's been ...

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Hanging out with the illustrious dead in Buenos Aires’ Cementerio de la Recoleta

There's a reason Buenos Aires is often called 'the Paris of South America': like the French capital, it boasts wide boulevards, hausmannian architecture, bright buildings and green spaces, and... one of its key attractions is a cemetery. The Cementerio de la Recoleta was my first destination when I started visiting BA last Saturday. I wanted to take advantage of the market that takes place outside the cemetery at the weekend, but frustratingly, I realized as soon as ...

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Buenos dias in Buenos Aires: my first days in the Argentinian capital

It had been my long-standing dream to make it down to South America, but when I first set foot on the continent last Friday, it was late, it was dark, and I was exhausted after a delayed, 13-hour flight with Iberia (which, by the way, is not the most modern of airlines - they still have collective TV screens...). So, after a long wait to get through customs and an expensive taxi ride, I was a bit underwhelmed and headed straight to ...

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(Book)mark! A round-up of the world’s most unusual bookshops

A few days ago, I wrote about two of my favourite bookshops: Atlantis Books on the island of Santorini, and Shakespeare and Company in Paris. This has since inspired me to do a bit more research into the worldwide 'indie bookshop scene' and I thought I would share some of the coolest links I came across: This slideshow features Flavorwire's pick of the 20 most beautiful bookstores in the world, most ...

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