Ker Urquiza Hotel & Suites
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Arrived about midday and although all the stalls were up and
the asados in full swing, no sign of the promised folkloric dancing, horse
displays and live music. Had a sedate wander around the various stalls, a mix
of tasteless tat, leather goods, sweets & preserves, delis, jewellery and
the ubiquitous mate cups.
Mate, a collection of coarsely ground herbs made into tea,
Wow. What a long and fascinating first day! We started the day with extravagant breakfast from our fantastic hotel. 4 platefuls later, showered, nikes on, we were ready to hit the city. Being so far south of the equator, in winter season, it was quite chilly! We are staying close to Avenue 9 de Julio, claimed as the widest road in the world. It's not but it is bloody huge! We crossed this intersection to visit plaza de Mayo, the main square in downtown BA. The 'write scarves' ...
... 21px; "> Nayan had the exciting opportunity of watching a local football game - River Plate vs Lanus. Nayan said the atmosphere was electric, with fans singing and jumping throughout the match. The pressure on the away team was immense, amplified by the Argentina FA's rule whereby there was no away support allowed (security reasons). Final score 2-0 to River Plate; Nayan's new Argentinian to support (not doing too well in the league atm, but ...
... We watched as buses came and went until ours came in and we loaded up. We had a semi-cama bus, which meant that we could lie the seats back to about 160 degrees and attempt to sleep. They also had pillows and blankets, plus movies in English with Spanish subtitles (so I worked on my poor Spanish some more) and they served dinner with beer and wine and even champagne. Eventually, I took an Ambien and passed out for a bit for most of the night.
Nobody knew before we departed that we in fact had an 18km trek in front of us to visit this glacier. I think it was a good strategy from the tour guide as I think a couple would have tapped out well before we departed if they knew this... Lucky the scenery was interesting.