Buenos Aires - shopping heaven for Alex!

Trip Start Jun 13, 2006
Trip End Jun 12, 2007

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Alex; I had been looking forward to visiting Buenos Aires for a good month as I had designated it as shopping city. After 7 months of wearing the same clothes I was getting more than a little sick of them and some of them are looking a bit tired. So we got in, checked in and hit the shops. Even though I only needed a few things this wasn't going to be a short trip - I had to make sure everything was exactly right and make the most of it. In fact on our first day I only bought one top! We did also check out a few plazas (including one with a clock tower called "English Tower" supposedly which, according to Lonely Planet aka the Bible is a Big Ben replica - it isn't, very disappointing!)

Our second day we did a bit more shopping, which was a bit of a drama, I had tried on a pair of jeans the day before and fell in love with them but decided they were too tight and they didn't have a bigger size, anyway I went back and changed my mind, jeans after 7 months without them - happiness. I also bought a top which has turned out to have a hole in the back which was disappointing. We also walked along an old port which has been regenerated, it is complete with typical old English red brick warehouses, now trendy cafes and restaurants. we could have been in Castlefield if it wasn't for the weather (about 35ĒC if you are interested - gloat gloat). We stopped for our daily ice cream which is fantastic here, passion fruit flavor is my current favorite - yum.

We also visited an area called San Telmo, a little bit more arty and full of street side cafes, bars and little antique shops selling anything you could possibly want, especially if what you want is a Che Guevara picture! Our meals out have been as good as the advertising, the steaks are huge and delicious, the red wine is divine and the pasta is also fantastic. All in all we have really enjoyed Buenos Aires (and Argentina in general), it just has a really nice atmosphere, quite European but Latino at the same time.

We are going to take a short side trip to Uruguay, which is just a short hop by boat from Buenos Aires, for a few days before heading back to Buenos Aires and continuing our journey south - Tierre del Fuego is feeling close now!
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