Bourdain’s Field Notes

BUENOS AIRES, June 2016—We filmed this episode in the summer, perhaps not the best time to make a show in Buenos Aires.

Porteños, as residents of the city are called, generally head out of town if they can, either to Patagonia, or other country homes, or to invade the beaches of neighboring Uruguay.

So the city feels empty. Which was, in fact, just right for us.

There is already, to my mind, a mournful quality to Buenos Aires, a gorgeous background track of melancholy. You see it in the architecture. You hear it in the tango music. You feel it in the air.

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