Buenos Aires, Argentina
Magdalena, 35
Translator, lover of history
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a translator, and our main characteristic (outside of loving languages) is our constant curiosity. And that's how I approach everything in life, wanting to know or learn more, i'm a bit of a nerd in that sense. I like discovering places in or around the city and learning its history is almost a necessity. Oh, and there HAS to be a good place to eat around somewhere.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Ed Sheeran. He's songwriting is soooo good, he can capture a scene, a feeling, an emotion in just one line. And his love songs will get you believing in love again in no time.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Friends and Gilmore Girls, it's all about the humor. Watching TV for me is a way to disconnect from real-life problems and relax. I can still watch any episode of Friends and laugh as if I didn't see the joke coming, their chemistry and timing was that good. And the intelligent and cultured humor of Lorelai, along with the relationships and backstory, I haven't seen anything that good since.

Name some spots in Buenos Aires that are good for a Tinder date.

If you want a relaxed atmosphere for a casual hangout, Muu Lechería is a quirky and fun american-style diner where you can go for a coffee and waffles or great burgers and milkshakes. The bar Jobs is also a good idea if you're looking for fun, you can have a drink while playing boardgames, pool or foosball. For a more intimate date, head to Downtown Matias, an Irish pub with a nice terrace and great beers and cocktails.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Everywhere and anywhere, I only buy pieces that I will love to wear later, they could cost $10 or $1000, they just have to scream my name.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Buenos Aires and where did you get it?

Any cake in Nucha is absolute heaven for a sweet tooth as myself, but if I have to choose just one, it's the Brownie cake. An exquisite combination of chocolate and dulce de leche, topped off with the right amount of meringue. There's no dieting here.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Alfajores, Vauquita (both with dulce de leche), and Tita. There are many brands of alfajores, but you can never go wrong with a Cachafaz. If you want something less sweet, go for a Tita, just two cookies with a cream filling and chocolate covered.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Buenos Aires?

I don't think too many people truly appreciate the Tigre area. To be fair, it's a bit far from downtown, but that's the whole appeal to me. Only a 30-minute ride gets you away from the city, to enjoy nature. You can go for a boat ride through the islands in the Tigre river, sit in a restaurant by the coast to enjoy a traditional asado (argentinean barbecue), and walk around the Market to get great argentinean souvenirs like mate and leather goods.

What are the Buenos Aires spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

The absolute must sees: Caminito, San Telmo market, the Obelisco, going for a drink in Palermo, Puerto Madero, the Recoleta Cemetery, Florida street, Plaza and Avenida de Mayo, and my personal favorite just outside the city: going for a boat ride in Tigre. Once you've seen them all, you can truly appreciate the wide diversity of cultures that make up our city.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

If I'm going for a city vacation, probably Barcelona or New York. Barcelona's relaxed atmosphere, great architecture and culture and the bonus of having a beach right there make it the perfect place to go sightseeing without stress. And New York always has something new and exciting to discover, you can never get bored or run out of places to visit.

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