Buenos Aires has always been an open-door city. Its inhabitants are called “Porteños”, which makes reference to the fact that the city is a port. The inhabitants of the province of Buenos Aires are called “Bonaerenses”.
- The climate of Buenos Aires is mild all year around. The mean annual temperature is 18º C (64.4º F), making extremely hot and cold days very infrequent. Thus, tourists can enjoy walking around the city in any season.
- Tango originated in brothels in the immigrant ghetto of Buenos Aires in the late 19th century, in what is the present-day harbor of La Boca neighborhood. Various other folkloric dances popped up in other parts of Argentina, like the foot-stomping, kerchief-swinging chacarera, from the north.
- Argentine Spanish spoken in and around Buenos Aires is distinctly different from that spoken elsewhere not only in Latin America but also other provinces of Argentina. Aside from a heavy accent, the language is peppered with Lunfardo, a local slang derived from the era of Tango.
- Avenida 9 de Julio is the widest avenue in the world at an imposing sixteen lanes. It typically takes at least 2 traffic light rotations to cross.
- The standard greeting in Argentina is a kiss on one cheek; men kiss women and vice-versa, women kiss women, and men kiss men, whether meeting for the very first time or having already seen one another several times in the same day. Note that failing to greet each person in a group with a kiss is considered rude. However, if there is a big group to greet, just a simple “Hello!” to everybody is kind.
- In Buenos Aires, soccer is like religion, and the best-known clubs are River Plate, Boca Juniors, Independiente, Racing Club and San Lorenzo. The nation boasts two World Cup prizes and countless world footie stars.
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