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Buenos Aires Parks: Tres de Febrero & Mate Drinking

El Rosedal (wikipedia)

In this week’s “36 Hours” section the NY Times takes us to Buenos Aires, Argentina, recommending a visit to the 60-acre Parque Tres de Febrero (named after the date in which military leader Juan Manuel de Rosas was overthrown in 1852). The park is part of a larger area of parks that includes several museums, a planetarium, recreational facilities, lakes and gardens. The area is similar to New York’s Central Park in its local popularity.

Parque Tres de Febrero

Inside the space is the El Rosedal rose garden with nearly 12,000 flowers. As the Times points out, “often overlooked, the garden was recently spruced up with thousands of new roses, repaired pergolas and paths. If the mood strikes, rent a paddle boat and ride around the surrounding lake, crossed by an arched bridge.”

With under five percent of its land area in green space, Buenos Aires is not a park-rich city, but what it does have is very nice. And porteños (as its residents are known) living in this compact city do make sure to enjoy their public spaces. One common activity — a unique park use — is to drink mate, the tea-like herb common to the region. Walking through a city park you will find singles, couples and groups sipping from gords and passing them to each other. What a great way to enjoy a city’s outdoors.

Park going = mate drinking in Buenos Aires

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