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... And, since it was our last full day on board ship, packing had to be done so that my bag could be collected at 10 pm and transferred directly to the airport.
An early dinner with my new friends from Foster City, and then we were off to the downtown area again and a tango show. I was a bit skeptical that it would be a tourist trap, as was the ballet in St. Petersburg a few years ago, but this show did not disappoint! On board ship ...
... how to spot a fake note. We entered with dollars, you could draw them straight out of hour ATM in Uruguay. We had a budget and this time it was strict. Using our cards would mean incurring an unfavorable rate. The official rate was 8 pesos to the dollar but on the blue market, they call it the blue market, it's 12. Walking down Florida street there were people on the street constantly calling out... Cambio cambio ( exchange, exchange), at first it seemed dodgy, ...
... The wife then became President.
As the guide said, we can never really tell if Evita's essence indeed got transferred.
By the time Evita's family got to see the body, it was found in a sorry state: punch-holes on her face, nose bent, hair all awry and patches missing… The irony of it, the body finally was rested in Recoleta, two hundred meters away from the grave of the man who first kidnapped her dead body and abused it.
All right so Buenos Aires is also the beginning of Argentina for me. The country is a bit ****** up with its money and people warned me in Uruguay. You need to come with dollars because you can get more changing on the black market in the street than with the bank. The bank will give you 6.5 pesos for 1$ where you can get up to 10 pesos in the street. And you need that in cash before entering the country because there is no way a bank will give ...
... rewarded with an 'insufficient funds' message when I finally found one - our money transfer hadn't gone through yet.
In comparison to the morning, our afternoon on a very empty Brazilian bus was comfortable and relaxed! We'd met up with our cheeky Irish travelling buddy Sean, who'd already been on a bus for 15 hours, and began the overnight journey.
Saturday 19th October - Day 26
I awoke to a sense of ...