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... I (Ben) wanted to experience.
In the weeks leading up to our departure, tickets had gone from being generally easy to get hold of, to being like gold dust, due to new police restrictions designed to control Boca's more fanatical supporters, the ultras. At the last minute (literally, in the departure lounge at Heathrow!) I secured a very expensive ticket through LandingPadBA, and was all set to sample South America's ...
... an autobus company going to the city. Got my ticket (with some effort) and entered the airport. Parched from the flight I needed something to drink and approached something that looked like an ATM, only to be chased off in Spanish and pointed in some other direction. Finally found the ATM, withdrew money (at an additional, local charge) and went to MCDs for some water :) (at least this looks familiar).
Exiting the airport, taxi drivers bombarded ...
... basket... Hrm.. How much to tip??? Should we tip?? Should we not tip??? In the end we decided against it as the other people in the shuttle didn't tip! Like bloody cheep! Got to our hostel and its very nice (backpacker nice) and we even have our own bathroom!;) Well sharing with 4 others but still;) hit the city and I could really spend a lot of money in this City! ...
... of stability in sight we saw an opportunity to improve our already very poor Spanish, a very wise investment in Latin America, especially as saying 'Soy Ingles' had stopped working on girls since we left Paraguay (for some reason the Argentines especially aren't keen on it).
As we only arrived late on ...
... with equal rights. Buenos Aires is pretty progressive in terms of gay rights, and has already passed marriage equality, adoption rights for gay couples, and laws that make it easy to change your name on your identification card. The government even pays for transgender individuals to get a sex change. This year, the LGBT community’s demand was to incorporate sexual identity and preference education in primary school. The turnout was exceptional: over 100,000 people.
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