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Jonny in Buenos Aires

3rd December 2010

I have never known a city so crazy about dogs. Right now I'm sitting in a cafe in Palermo Soho and there are clips beneath the tables from which to attach man's best friend. Old women carry them around in shopping bags, young women tuck them like handbags under their arms, even cock-sure, jack the lads can often be seen with a canine companion at their side. And then there are the Buenos Aires dog walkers. This strange apparition, kind of unique to the Argentine capital, can often place ten or more dogs, of all shapes and sizes - some scurrying hurriedly, other ambling lazily - around the feet of some brave individual. Surprisingly there doesn't seem to be any agro, the dogs all get along fine, enjoying the city's parks and sidewalks. Sadly there is an obvious downside to this devotion to the dog as the idea of a poop-scoop (as I believe they are known) does not seem to have reached this otherwise elegant corner of South America. I love this city: the leafy tree-lined streets, that at this time of year are blooming with colourful jacaranda and bougainvillea; the grand European-style architecture; the myriad of cafes and clubs, bars and restaurants; the chic shops and gorgeous climate - did I mention the sun is shinning from a clear blue sky and the temp is a perfect 26 degrees; is it still snowing back home - but when walking the streets mind your step or you might be in for a nasty surprise! This afternoon I'm flying up north to Santa Fe to check out a riding and polo estancia I have heard great things about. Watch this space...

Jonny Bealby

Rock singer, writer and travel entrepreneur, Jonny Bealby has streetwise savvy and miles of travel under his belt. His experiences have given him the …

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