Originally Posted by imageWIS
Being from Bs As and living in SoFLA, I can say without reservation that Bs As is NOTHING like Miami. It's not even close. Not the layout, architecture, city structure, nightlife, arts and leisure, automobile style, transportation, attitude, laws, culture, overall lifestyle, food, and so on and so fourth. Seriously, they are worlds (literately) part.
People under 25 dress about the same all over the world! Its all jeans, tees and sneakers, unless you know of a country where are the teenagers are always dressed in perfectly fitting 3-piece suits...
Bs As is a lot more like Paris than you give it credit for, and the English influence is a lot more subdued these days, but its still there. Oh, and how do you except the average citizenry of a 3rd world country that just came out from under the largest economic default in history to dress in high-end clothing? How do you expect them to afford it?
Just returned from BsAs so this thread was somewhat on my mind. This is all coming from an outsider perspective. Of course, I don't know the city as well as you, but I do have the fresh eye of an outsider.
First, let me clarify what I meant by my finding Argentina to be more like LA or Florida than western Europe -- whether it be Paris or wherever. First, it's at least as Latin American "feeling" as European, which captures a lot of FL or CA (unlike the northern US). Moreover, I also find the people to be more "American" than "European". Meaning the people are more open, friendly, giving and honest than you're likely to find in Europe.
Going out in Paris I find it nearly impossible to speak to a stranger, especially as a male (North) American. In BsAs, on the other hand, I had many people strike up conversations with me. I'd say at least half the waiters and bartenders wanted to know where we were from, what we thought of BA, how long we were staying, asked if we wanted to come to a party, etc. That's something that's not really going to happen in Paris, but is more likely to happen in the US. Yes, there are lovely apartment buildings that could've been found in Paris, but many more that wouldn't.
I don't think of BA as the same as Miami, but Americans shouldn't get the view that it's like France. It is its own place with its own unique feel. And if someone is planning on traveling there and wants to bring nicer clothes than they wear in the US for going out, I'd say generally don't bother. You're as likely to see flip-flops and t-shirts (which, by the way, is not something you see much of in the Paris) there as here.