- Lots of smokers everywhere.
- People clap when domestic flights land. I thought it was a one-off incident. But I asked the flight attendant and she confirmed. “Every time we safe land, is good” she said. Its the Argentinian’s way of saying Thank You to the staff.
- In the US, when you enter a business (pharmacy, store, doctor’s office) the doors always open outside, i.e. You pull the door to open. In Buenos Aires (and also in Dubai), the doors open inside. i.e. you have to push the door to enter a business. This got me every single time – we have such muscle memory.
- Cafes have only 2 beers – Argentinian “National” beer Quilmes and Stella Artois. I rarely found any third beer available.
- Time is written in 24 hour format (“military time”)
- A note about the $ sign. Argentina does not have a currency symbol. So they use the $ sign liberally to denote Argentinian peso. If you see a $ sign, it’s safe to assume it is not US Dollar but Argentinian peso. When they actually mean US Dollar, they write it as “US$” or “U$D”.
- Airport security in Argentina is great. No backscatter X-Ray machines, no need to take off shoes, jackets, laptops from bags, liquids in ziplock bags, etc.
Pictures taken with a Canon T3I with the 18-55 and 55-250 kit lenses