Our group took a walking tour of Barrio Norte downtown and looked at a lot of the old architecture in the city. There's a big italian and french influence, and I love that in a city of huge skyscrapers there are all these hidden corners with ancient buildings from every architectural period. I've also noticed that almost every building downtown has huge huge doors - I don't know why, but they're everywhere.
Yesterday I spent the day downtown. Our homework for the weekend is visit and write about some of the notable cafés/bars in Buenos Aires (best homework I've ever had). We went to Confitería Ideal, where the middle of the cafe is a dance floor full of tango-ing couples. We also went to Bar Seddon in San Telmo, which has a really eclectic feel with old roman sculptures and modern art pieces. One thing that I love about all of the cafés and restaurants here is that the waiter never brings the bill until you ask for it - you can sit (and people do) for hours and hours without being bothered. In the US we usually go to cafés for a reason - to study, to meet with someone, to get caffeine and go - but people here come to just eat and drink and talk and enjoy. Most of the cafés I've been to are open until 3 am on weeknights and 6am on weekends, and around 11pm or midnight you'll see people ordering dinner before heading off somewhere else. Yesterday I also bought tango shoes, we went shopping in Palermo, and we found a vegetarian chinese buffet - I was completely in heaven. Another food-related discovery of the day was that I am slowly and reluctantly but surely becoming a fan of dulce de leche. Dulce de leche is reminiscent of caramel, but it has a less annoyingly sticky texture and tastes sweet in a different way, and I've been putting it on rice cakes and fruit. Soooo good.