The Allure of Buenos Aires – Hang Time.

What is it about Buenos Aires that I find so alluring, seductive and familiar? Why am I still here?

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Silvina y Martha: Lots of reasons to love Hotel Costa Rica in Palermo Viejo, Buenos Aires.

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Hotel Costa Rica lobby bar where I pounded many espressos in the morning before my walks.

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Lobby of Hotel Costa Rica. Looks expensive, but it’s the best value in Palermo.

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Silvina always greeted me with a smile and provide me lots of time to practice my spanish here.

As the days whir by and I find myself wandering once strange but now so familiar streets as a local. After more than 30,000 miles somehow I find this city like home. Lost in the city or found in comfort of a metropolitan playground? I alternate between staying in a bunk at Dakar Motos and spending nights at the comfortable and very friendly and economical Hotel Costa Rica, just a few blocks from the action in Palermo Viejo — strongly recommended to anyone traveling to Buenos Aires. The formidable French-owner, Yann and his sweet and lovely Peruvian wife, Patricia are a wealth of knowledge of the city. Staying in both of these places feels more like home than as a stranger temporarily in a strange place.

Doc is still in pieces at Dakar Motos. But that’s okay. Buenos Aires is meant for walking.

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Outside of the city, walking the boardwalk at sunset along the Rio de la Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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The tree lined and cobblestoned streets of Palermo Viejo help make Buenos Aires seem like home to me.

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Fresh produce, fruit and cozy local shops are a far cry from the strip malls, big box stores and homogenized retail of California.

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