Carlytron and Robin in Buenos Aires, Part Tres

Robin Roemer Photography

Here’s the third and final installment of our Buenos Aires gaycation recap!


El Ateneo Grand Splendid is a beautiful antique theatre/cinema turned fabulous bookstore which we visited first thing on Thursday.



A friend of mine worked for years doing international marketing for McDonalds and insisted that we eat at a McDonalds in Buenos Aires before our trip was over.  So, half reluctantly we ordered our burgers and sat down to something resembling In and Out Burger: delish! We walked around the Recoleta and Barrio Norte neighborhoods for a bit and stopped at El Fenix to buy a bottle of wine to bring home and drink by the pool.






We had steak and wine in the late evening with friends in Palermo Soho at Don Julio. Soooo good. They had us sign a wine bottle before we left to put above the bar. “NYC hearts BsAs” and our first names. Then we took them to Sitges so they could see the drag show which this time featured three drag queens rather than two. Thursdays were much more of a local crowd and everything was in Spanish, but those queens did not disappoint.


On Friday, we decided to visit the zoo in Palermo. The first thing we happened upon was an area called “Darwin’s Pond” which contained animals like the nutra rats, which look just like the Rodents of Unusual Size (R.O.U.S.) in Princess Bride, and also the Patagonian Mara, which we just called the Deerdog for most of the day. Those little guys just roamed around the zoo, which was mildy creepy. Visitors to the zoo here can buy animal food and many would not hesitate to walk right up to a zebra and stick a hand practically into its mouth.




Because we love modern art, we swung by the MALBA, which currently features a huge exhibit on Andy Warhol, “Mr. America.” Then in the late afternoon I took some shots of the cobblestone streets in Palermo Soho.






If you like Thai food, we strongly recommend Empire Thai which was packed that evening with a young hipster crowd and served up flavorful dishes for half the price of what we are used to paying in Manhattan.

Home Again

By Saturday, we were ready to make the long flights home to New York. I was really missing TV and the English language and since we had not attempted sushi again after our first experience, I really missed that too. Overall we had a fantastic trip.



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Robin specializes in entertainment, lifestyle and portrait photography. She's also a Creative Producer, Director of Photography and co-owner of Scheme Machine Studios LLC, her production company based in Los Angeles. Robin loves shooting for TV and film and has worked with media companies like Legendary Pictures and Viacom. She shot and directed the Pride campaign for Google called #ThisIsFamily. Robin has had the pleasure of working on national campaigns for companies like Dove and Levis, and had the unique opportunity to shoot for non-profits and initiatives such as The Black List, Save the Children, Move to End Violence, Have a Hart Day, and The Clinton Global Initiative. She is most proud of the work she has done with organizations such as The Ad Council and RAINN working on national impact campaigns. Her celebrity roster includes Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, The B-52s, Keri Hilson, JB Smoove, Tegan and Sara, Margaret Cho, The B-52’s, Andreja Pejic, and many more. She was there for Autostraddle’s birth and proudly served as A-Camp co-director for many years.

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  1. Street art is my favorite thing about traveling. Creating, enjoying and capturing.
    I love the light, as I always do in your photography. It seems like a beautiful city, especially through your eyes.

  2. Buenos Aires sounds and looks like such a fun/beautiful/awesome place. If I ever have enough money (and a girlfriend who likes traveling as much as I do?) then I’m definitely going there. Stunning photography.(:

    • that rooftop pool was so full of win, there was a hot tub up there too, it was amazing. robin kept walking around, saying “our pool could be this big and i’d be happy. well ok maybe a little bigger” and i was all, “in manhattan?” and then i’d laugh because robin is cute. then i’d go back to reading my simon doonan book (“nasty,” the basis for his show “beautiful people”) which i incidentally finished today and i recommend to everyone.

  3. No one has commented on my Shewolf graphic and for that I am sad. But I’m glad everyone likes the pics!! We did have fun, but we’re happy to be home. Also, Carly, this goal of a rooftop pool is not unrealistic. Just wait 5 years, you are all invited to our first rooftop pool party!

  4. i was just thinking to myself how much i liked robin’s shakira graphic. i also like the wings that are secretly anti-smoking ads.

  5. I feel like in America that theatre wouldn’t have been turned into a pretty bookstore. It would have been knocked down and replaced with a Barnes&Noble. Sadly. That being said, pretty pictures.

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