Meet The Chica Behind Buenos Aires Para Chicas

Posted on October 22, 2013 by Sharon Salt in EXPAT

Sharon Salt gchats with Amanda, the founder and author behind Buenos Aires Para Chicas, a Portuguese blog dedicated to all things good and girly in Buenos Aires.

buenos aires para chicas interview with Amanda

AMANDA: heyy

SHARON: hey!  I know we wanted to do coffee but you’re so busy, so gchat it is. you have a lot of projects going on — what are you focusing on right now, what are you the most busy with?

AMANDA: yeahhh sorry about it. the fact is that I have a full time job at ibm too and also lot of projects so it’s kind complicated for me ahahha, but thanks for the invitation.

SHARON: a full time job too?! that’s impressive!

AMANDA: yes, it’s almost impossible to handle with everything but I’m on it.  I do have a lot of projects. think i’m gonna start with the most important one: buenos aires para chicas.

SHARON: I read that you moved here 8 years ago — so when did you decide to start buenos aires para chicas? was it immediate?

AMANDA: yes I’ve been living here since 2005. I came to buenos aires due to my daddy’s job. he works with international business. actually, my parents are already back to Brazil. And I decided to stay to finish the college.

AMANDA: so… when I started to live by myself I started Buenos Aires Para Chicas.  in fact I had some experience with blogging when I started it. I had this cocktail blog with my ex boyfriend, called In Spirits. We broke up, and we decided to ”close” the blog too.

SHARON: what a great name though – In Spirits.  

AMANDA: Ohh thanks, In Spirits was in English too

With that exp in mind I started Buenos Aires para Chicas for brazilians girls travelling to Buenos Aires. only in portuguese.

SHARON: right, I noticed the Portuguese — when I read your site I had google translate open as well :).  and what led you to focus it on women living in/visiting Buenos Aires?  why for women especially?

AMANDA: So, I don’t know. I was just seeing some Brazilians blogs in Buenos Aires and I noticed that they were kind of the same: wine, tango and meat. And I wanted to talk about lifestyle, local culture, bars, cocktails, culinary and also about men.

Argentines are pretty different than Brazilians if we’re talking about relationships ahaha.

So I just felt that I would be more comfortable telling my stories for girls only.

SHARON: oo, how are they different?  I don’t personally know many Brazilians so I’ve never heard this!

AMANDA: hahaha, yes, I mean we have some different ways to go out. I don’t know, Argentines are more dramatic, more melancholic, they take soooooo long to ask you to go out, like months.

SHARON: haha, yes

AMANDA: this kind of thing doesn’t happen in Brazil

SHARON: so you wanted to give Brazilian girls a resource to understand the city and the people here.  I think you’re right, that a lot of blogs about Argentina tend towards the tango, wine, and beef — which is great! but that’s only one part of it, so I like your angle.

AMANDA: yes sure! besides where to go eat, or to go for tourism. because there are already many blogs talking about it too. and also because it’s fun, I have lot of fun writing those kind of notes. and the girls love it too.

SHARON: so you said you decided to start it when you started living alone — when was that?

AMANDA: in March 2012. 

SHARON: and how do you find the time to find new places and write about them?

AMANDA: i know plenty of places here because i have been living here for a LOOONG time. so there are some places that I already know. but I do love to go out, to discover new things.

Actually, my day it’s like: from 9/10 am to 5 I’m in Belgrano working. and then I go to the gym, and it depends but I’m going out during the week to get to know bars and restaurants. on weekends I write the posts for the entire week. like 5 posts.  so on saturday I have everything scheduled for the entire week.  and then I go out again ahahha.

SHARON: wow!

AMANDA: but for fun of course, to hang out with my friends. some restaurants invite me too, or coffee shops. it depends.

SHARON: I would love to have HALF of your energy 🙂

AMANDA: i do believe that at some point I will be pretty tired and I’ll have to have another girl working with me. because besides the notes I receive bunch of emails too. bunch of invitations. it’s starting to get a bit complicated.

SHARON: yeah, I bet it’s hard to keep up.  have you seriously looked into expanding yet or is that something for a little later on?

AMANDA: I would love to expand but it’s not possible for now. I think probably for July 2014 or at the end of 2014.  I think I need a bit more time to completely understand this whole blogging thing.

SHARON: if you could distill the philosophy of your blog to give women one or two tips about living in BA — what would they be?

AMANDA: hmm that’s hard. I think they can’t forget the fact that you’re in another country, with different culture, which can be awesome, which can be a problem too. everybody should take the chance and go live abroad, but most importantly to have respect for others.

I think that when I understood that nobody here was going to be like my friends in Brazil, I kind of adapted easier.

SHARON: that’s great advice.  tell me more about that; how was your experience here, not just socially but also professionally.

AMANDA: ohhh it was terrible. I think my first two years were like a nightmare ahahaha. because I was 14, this age sucks.  so I didn’t want to be here. I wanted to be in Brazil with my friends you know.

SHARON: totally understandable

AMANDA: so it was very hard, pretty complicated. I wanted to go back to Brazil.  and then I started to like Buenos Aires, to grow up also.  I have a completely different point of view today for sure.

SHARON: it always takes time, I think, but then you realize that your life is richer!  and professionally, both at your full time job but also with your projects like Buenos Aires Para Chicas and Revista Jengibre — how has your experience been as a woman in BA?

AMANDA: yes richer! buenos aires is amazing amazing. 

I did find my place in buenos aires right now. With Buenos Aires para Chicas, I think that right now I have my place here. Doing the things I love, and writing. I do found some resistance about being a girl, especially for being young.  I think that’s it’s my ”major” problem here.  People look at me and can’t believe that I’m gonna take things seriously.

SHARON: and can I ask, how old are you?

AMANDA: sure! ahah 23

SHARON: if anything, it’s that people are intimated by the fact that you’re young and have already accomplished a lot, that you’re independent and making your own success

SHARON: So I know though you write for publications in Britain and Brazil, too, what is special about BA? and is there something special about it for women in particular?

AMANDA: hmmm thats hard ahaha, I think the whole city it’s amazing. i do believe that here in Buenos Aires you can do nothing and still love the city, I mean you can go out for a coffee, order a cafe con leche and spend the entire afternoon reading a book. or you just can simply walk though lot of parks. another thing that I like here are the nightlife, cocktails here are amazing. And also the facility that you have going from one part of the city to another.

I don’t think that there’s a special tip for woman, besides looking at or flirting with those beautiful argentines on the street ahahahahhaha

SHARON: haha, true, and you’re right — there are so many easy and low-cost ways to enjoy Buenos Aires

AMANDA: yeahhhh that’s the point!

SHARON: thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me!  maybe one day we’ll run into each other 🙂

AMANDA: for sureeee!!!!!  with time ahahah for a coffee at decata.

SHARON: yessss pleaseeee.  talk soon!

 

 

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