By mattdentler | Matt Dentler's Blog August 25, 2009 at 10:31AM
I've been in South America the last six days. First, it was four days in Montevideo, Uruguay for the 4th annual MIFF Abroad event. Then, that was followed with a terrific long weekend in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Two incredibly different cities, only three hours apart. I also turned 30 years old while in Buenos Aires, which was a relaxing and unique way to spend that pivotal birthday. In fact, I was so distracted and amazed by my surroundings, I rarely thought about the fact that I was entering my fourth decade.
It's winter in South America, so the weather was cold yet sunny. Kinda beautiful and ideal, actually. Since we weren't hoping for beach weather, we were more than satisfied with the chilly nights and crisp days. Montevideo is a low-key town, and the panels/screenings that we attended as U.S. industry, were insightful.
Bueno Aires is downright amazing, and I honestly cannot wait to get back there. The city is bigger than you'd expect, and each neighborhood has its own personality. Much of the city, though, is infused with Italian influence. Of course, that includes some of the best food you're ever going to eat.