Greg Roden on location in Argentina. Photo by Greg Roden (self portrait).
Having globe-trotted since he was 17 years old with extensive romps throughout Latin America, his first trip to Argentina was back in 1993. His second trip called him from his home in San Francisco, CA in August of 2005 to photograph a story for the Los Angeles Times through a syndicated article via Lonely Planet. The second to last day here in Buenos Aires at 37 years of age, he decided that he was madly in love with a beautiful tango dancer and couldn’t live another day without her. Six weeks later he returned and hasn't left.
Needless to say, that didn’t work out so well for him but he still remains excited and feels lucky to call Buenos Aires his new home. He was also given an opportunity to begin building an online City Guide for Buenos Aires. Currently he heads up a team of writers who now kindly refer to him as el jefe.
Q: What is the number one reason why everyone should visit BA?
A: Because its AMAZING – unlike any other major city in the world. And it’s also a great deal for visitors coming from Europe or the States where foreign currency is strong against the devalued Argentine peso.
Q: What is your number one tip for foreigners arriving to BA?
A: My number one tip for gringos here in BA is that when you leave your hotel, apartment or hostel for a night out on the town, after say 10:30 or 11pm, be sure to BRING YOUR SUNGLASSES! There’s nothing worse than coming out of a boilche or disco while the sun is coming up and NOT having proper eye protection. My other tip is how to convert the standard gringo twenty-four hour day into a forty-eight hour day. That includes everything from sleeping to eating to working and everything in-between.
Q: What is your favorite city bus line and why?
A: My favorite bus line in BA is the red, white and blue – One, Five, Two. For $0.80AR passengers can cross the entire city from La Boca, just a few blocks from Caminito all the way to Olivos on the outskirts of town. This line boasts some of the friendliest and most courteous drives, it’s got the deluxe Piso Bajo or lowered floor, which is great if you’re tall, preventing your head from ping ponging in-between the overhead handrails when its standing room only. They also run very frequently twenty-four hours a day and the drivers keep their buses and windows impeccably clean.
Q: What do you dislike about BA the most?
A: The thing I dislike most about BA is, hmm… it would have to be something like how hard it is to squeeze everything into such a short amount of time. It’s a never-ending city with so many sites to see, nightlife to experience and delicious food to taste. Even after a long time here, I still feel like I barely even know a fraction of the city.
Q: What is the most amazing or memorable experience you’ve had thus far since arriving in Buenos Aires?
A: My best experience so far here in Argentina was actually outside of Buenos Aires, in the Province of Córdoba up in the Central Sierras. Expert professional paragliding pilot Pablo Kiniss aka ‘Condor’ took me up on a big-sky day for a tandem paragliding flight that I’ll never forget. After fifteen or so minutes of ridge soaring, two young Andean Condors joined us as we thermaled up together about 3,000 feet above launch, cranking tight turns, soaring and climbing with the magnificent birds – an experience of a lifetime.