Yo no soy marinero

One of the most surprising things about Buenos Aires is that life here, despite the city’s location on the Atlantic coast, does not include beach, whatsoever. There simply are no beaches in Buenos Aires, and to enjoy swimming in the ocean one has to travel south at least a couple of hours. For an ignorant Swede like myself, that is incredibly odd, especially since beaches would be an easy way of getting away from the city noise.

The reason for this is so far a bit unclear to me, but I suppose pollution is surely one. A second, more amusing explanation was that there have been some piranha attack(s) recently, with people losing fingers and toes. Rather unbelievable, but surely a good story!

Nevertheless, when my inner needs for a swim get too strong (which they never do), I can always enjoy our swimming pool… at least for a couple weeks more.


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