I really love this article from our friends of LandingPadBA and enjoy the differences!
The small things
There are very subtle differences, products and methods in Buenos Aires that are often the more interesting aspects of living or visiting here. Let us point out a few of these to get you started in your own personal exploration of the city.
Soda Water: In the early decades of the U.S. soda water was a standard in any home’s private stock or bar. After watching a few episodes of Mad Men you’ll begin to yearn for the classy days of the 1960’s.
Buenos Aires has managed to preserve the interest in the soda siphon. These can be bought in a disposable bottle or you can find your local siphon delivery service and begin getting them delivered.
Trains: I personally come from a city that has little to no public transportation. When I heard that the A-line still used the original subway cars from the early 1900’s I was how they say, “stoked”.
Old school wooden subway cars with doors that are manually opened by the passengers* and closed with the inertia of the train. If one were to want to, one could open the doors prematurely and hang out the door until it had slowed to ‘stumble into a fast walking pace’.
Protest: If there is one thing that I am extremely envious of it is the Argentineans ability to mobilize a protest. They will stand up for what they think is right or wrong and let it be heard. Late November to early January is protest high season where many of the unions will demand raises due to the out of hand inflation that takes place here every year. Drop by Plaza de Mayo or Plaza Congreso.
The Uncommon Cuts: Chinchulin, morcilla, riñon…- these are the delicious and uncommon cuts from the cow that are not easy to come by outside of Argentina. You are living abroad, you are traveling, whatever you are doing here you must try these before leaving. You only live once…
The Bidet: The mysterious porcelain sister. As a male it took me a good 6 months to give the bidet a try. I highly recommend this device for either gender especially during summertime. Hygienic, classy, BIDET.
Bag-o-Milk: Or as my friend (Madi) likes to call it, the portable tit. Careful leaving this guy in the door of your fridge without any support and also note the shorter shelf life. Most Argentines will buy a small pitcher to either pour it into or simply contain the bag.
As Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction said “It’s the little differences”. Enjoy them, embrace them and have fun here in Buenos Aires.