We just got back to the States after a month-long vacation in Buenos Aires. What a grand time we had. I won't give you a complete travelogue, but some impressions really stand out. I speak a little Spanish but never had a problem. There was always someone nearby who wanted to practice their English.
By and large the Portenos are charming, civilized and polite. They can get a little pushy with the carts in the supermercados but that is exactly how they drive on the streets.
Get used to and learn to enjoy late lunches and later dinners. The food is outstanding. No one can come close to the quality of the meat whether you are dining at La Cabrera or El Obergon or Bar Guido or grabbing an empananda on the street.
We stayed in Palermo Soho and seemed to be closeby to a lot, but nothing is out of reach with the superb taxi service (I found no real difference in a taxi hailed in the middle of the street or a "Radio Taxi", although one or twice we had the restaurant call us a cab.)
The Blue Rate is great. We were put in contact with a money changer through a mutual friend. All transactions were handled at our apartment, quickly and efficiently. One rainy day, we had the courier stop and pick up a couple of umbrellas on his way over. That's service.
Shopping for some items is fantastic. Leather is so affordable and we found some great deals. I am a big man; of course, nothing in my size. No problem. The shop keeper took some measurements...three days later I had a jacket that fit like a glove
The "hop-on/hop-off" yellow bus is absurd. The audio track was off by two blocks, and therefore made no sense and the incessant cheesy tango track could not have been more annoying. I am taller than most people and kept getting hit in the head by low hanging branches. The experience was something we'll laugh about for years. (Yes, we took the "Hop-Off and Hop a Cab" option.
Finally, the greatest asset in planning and enjoying our trip was not the five tour books I purchased. The greatest asset was this community on the TripAdvisor forum. The data base and opinions provided were invaluable. You people are fantastic at removing any angst. Thank you for all the help you provide anybody that wants "on the ground intel."
We kept getting waylaid, so many things we missed because we kinda got hung up. Our only option to seeing all we missed is to go back. See you next fall (spring) in time for the jacarandas.
Ciao and thank you.