Buenos Aires is a lot of things, to a lot of different people. In this series of articles, each member of the LandingPadBA.com team takes their turns at sharing their Buenos Aires with all of you!
Name: Madi Lang
Hometown: Bethesda, Maryland
Profession: Writer, Entrepreneur, International Woman of Mystery
How long have you been in Buenos Aires?
In March 2010 it will be 3 years
Which barrio do you call home? Why did you decide that this was the place for you?
In 3 years I have lived in 4 barrios and loved each one. I started in Barracas, followed by La Paternal, then Villa Urquiza and now Palermo/Las Cañitas I definitely feel connected to them all and remember their quirks and distinct vibes.
What brought you here? What keeps you here?
I moved to Buenos Aires on a whim, wondering what it would be like to build an adult life in a random place. I wanted to be surprised with where life would lead. After watching my life unfold through Full House, Saved by the Bell and 90210 – I was ready to see something original. It was kismet. I stay because I feel happy and at ease. I am part of a beautiful family that I met right when I arrived and they continue to be my company on holidays, weekend asados and in-need-of-a-hug moments.
Also keeping me happy in BA is my work. I started BA Cultural Concierge in late 2008. It is a boutique travel agency planning meaningful non-touristy trips to Buenos Aires. My other ball n’ chain is Send Love BA, a service allowing parents and friends of foreigners living in Buenos Aires to send them delicious care packages easily online.
What’s one thing you wish you would have known before arriving in Buenos Aires? Please explain.
Before coming to BA I did no research whatsoever. I knew nothing except that it is a Spanish speaking country. I was searching for surprises and was pummeled by them upon arrival. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Have you ever experienced a re gringo moment? I know you have. Please, do tell.
The first time I went to buy some deli meat I didn’t know how much a kilo was but I knew I had to order in kilos. I told the butcher I just wanted to make one sandwich for myself and I asked for 1 kilo of ham. Now I know that’s a lot of ham. 100 gramos is perfect for one sandwich.
Buenos Aires teaches us all that life is about the simple pleasures. What is your favorite Buenos Aires simple pleasure? and why?
toddlers using porteño gestures always make my day
What’s your favorite free (or bargain) activity here in Buenos Aires?
Public transportation is the best bargain in Buenos Aires. Aguante el bondi!
Buenos Aires is also full of hidden gems. Name a few of your favorite off-the-beaten track restaurants, activities or night spots here in Buenos Aires. Please include addresses if applicable, and a brief review.
Looking for a sleazy night of Non-Palermo bars? I love Ivanoff bar in Flores. $30 pesos for all you can eat pizza and drinks.
Korea town all you can eat dinners on Calle Carabobo
Life in Buenos Aires isn’t always perfect, so if you had to mention something that bothers you here what would it be?
Lack of beach and un-swimmable rivers
Which would cause you the most frustration?
A. One of those days when you just can’t seem to communicate (Spanish-Fail)
B. Landing on multiple dog mines
C. Only having hundred peso bills all day long, and not being able to find a business with change
D. Having to renew your visa for the first time with the new $130 USD law