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A small flock of tourists took photos of the tomb of Eva Perón, First Lady of Argentina in the 1940s and early 1950s.When you are a gay man in your twenties, dating can be an all-around horrible experience.Rather than tap into ready-made expat communities, I decided to get to know people and explore the city through online dating. Its sub-neighborhoods have names like “Palermo Hollywood” and “Palermo Soho,” and their own variations of ‘cool’. Profile sample: “I am kind of smart, funny, and a geek :)”The pitch: “I’m writing you because I want to practice my english, I use it a little at work with clients (I work in computing) but I’m afraid it is getting a little ‘rusty.'”The first encounter: Plaza Armenia, on the bench in front of the swings, Palermo.I took my prized collection of perspective trick travel photos and started filling out a profile on an online dating site. Internet, passport, pen/paper, camera, coffee, access to fun. The second awkward moment: running into him again while on an e-date with the computer scientist. From Plaza Armenia we took a stroll to Plaza Serrano for some pizza, beer, and high-quality hipster-watching: they were serenading the plaza using a melodica, the hipster instrument of choice here, along with a toy accordion. ] The first encounter: Barbaro Bar, on Calle Reconquista, El Retiro.Buzz Feed reached out to some of those gay twentysomethings to tell us some of their difficulties when trying to date.Here's what they had to say: "Growing up, I loved romantic comedies that depicted the happy endings of straight couples.
I was becoming attractive, to the point where other guys were staring and had lust in their eyes.
Our meet-up was his second online date and his third visit to Recoleta Cemetery.
Atmospheric and serene, the cemetery was a mix of mausoleum architecture in whites and grays.
Over the course of our three-hour walk, I did most of the talking, and he did most of the watching out. Profile sample: “I like to travel, trekking, hiking, nature.
Number of times he extricated me from the city’s relentless oncoming traffic: five. In my life I’ve been in these countries: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Spain, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, England, Ireland (both), Netherlands, Austria, Hungary, Portugal, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Poland.”The pitch: “Let me know if you want to go around Buenos Aires.”The first encounter: Recoleta Cemetery.