You’re studying abroad, your parents are coming to visit and they want you to show them all the cool, cultural places where you and your friends hang out.
“What do you guys do for fun? Where are your favorite places in the city? What do you do in your free time?”
If you’re stuck in an awkward position because all of your answers to those questions revolve around bars and boliches, here are a few ideas of great, family friendly places to go:
MUSEUMS: Obviously, museums are always a great idea for occupying a few afternoons. When my mom came to visit I took her to a few different ones around the city and they were actually pretty cool. I would recommend Museo Evita, Museo del arte Decorativo y MALBA.
LAS FERÍAS: If you’re parents are here over a weekend, then you of course have to take them to one of the local markets (Recoleta, San Telmo, Palermo).
I personally took my mom to all three because I am a market fiend, but they really are a great way to people watch and take in the culture and language. Plus, you might be able to get mom or dad to buy you a couple more souvenirs.
EL PARQUE DE LA MEMORIA: On a more serious note, if you REALLY want to impress them with some cultural knowledge, I highly recommend checking out the memorial site ¨El Parque de La Memoria¨.
It is the memorial site for los desaparecidos of Buenos Aires. You truly should go walk around the park and memorial site because for one thing it is beautiful, but it’s also a huge part of Argentina’s history and is quite shocking to learn about. If you do plan on visiting it then you also take a little bit of time to research the events of the tragedy and brush up on your notes because the memorial site will leave that much more of an impression if you know the history. It’s a very different side of Argentina to see, but a very important one.
PLAZA DE MAYO: If you have a sunny afternoon to spare then definitely take your parents to see the ¨oh-so-famous Plaza de Mayo¨. It’s a recognizable landmark of Buenos Aires and also has a long history of meaningful events to go along with it. If you don’t have an afternoon to walk around it, then maybe just drive by at night so that they can see the Casa Rosada glowing with its hot pink lights.