It's been almost a week since Carnival ended and since I left Rio for Buenos Aires. When I arrived, all I could think about was how much I missed Rio. I was comparing everything and trying to map my life in Rio to a new, very different environment. It took me about four days, but eventually, I was able to let go of the old and embrace the new. Buenos Aires is not Rio de Janeiro, and that's a good thing.
I arrived on Thursday afternoon and used the first couple days to explore my new neighborhood, Palermo Soho. I found a gym, a co-working space, and scouted where to get healthy food and good coffee. It took me three days to discover that they keep the soy milk with the juice and not with the dairy.
There's no Polis Sucos here, but there are a TON of cool bars, restaurants, and sidewalk cafes. Hipster-branded burger joints, cold brew coffee, pressed juice bars, organic grocery stores (Dietéticas), and graffiti murals -- this neighborhood has it all. Many of the streets are cobblestone and the buildings look French or Italian. The city, in look and feel, reminds me of Barcelona mixed with San Francisco mixed with Williamsburg.
People eat dinner late and go out even later. On Saturday, I went to a "pre-drink" at 2 a.m. and we arrived at a club at 3:30 a.m.. On Sunday, I had a steak and eggs brunch and relaxed in a park with a new friend.
Yesterday was the first day of my new Buenos Aires routine. I've kept what I liked about my Rio routine but changed it with what works for Buenos Aires. I'm finding that the more time I spend in this city, the more I like it. I'm excited to keep exploring in the weeks ahead.