Buenos Aires - the story so far!!

Trip Start Apr 03, 2006
Trip End May 29, 2006

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Sunday, April 16, 2006


I'm sat with the Smith in our hostel trying not to be Brits and go out before 10pm so I thought I'd use the time usefully by updating you all on our Buenos Aires Experience so far:

Day 1 (12th April)

About 8am - Arrived in BA!
About 8:15am - A fun and informative taxi ride later (the driver knew English and told us about all the sights we passed), was greeted with a coffee and lots of local info from one of the hostel staff (Telmotango, BA). Amber had read up on BA prior to arrival and knew what she wanted to see, I was desperately trying to catch up whilst drinking my coffee and shaking off the 13 hour bus journey whilst waiting for our rooms to be ready. By 11am we had showered, humped stuff in our room, put in our dirty clothes for a clean at the Chinese run launderette across the road, agreed on what to go and see that day and were out of the door and heading up to the first sight to see in the town Centre!!

BA is divided up into many neighbourhoods called "barrios". Our hostel is pretty much in the centre in a neighborhood called "San Telmo" so all the major sights are just a walk away. We spent the day walking around the obvious things - the Cathedral, the main plazas (squares) and Government Buildings etc. The highlight was a guided tour around the Opera House "Teatre Colon" which included not only the main auditorium but also the basement practice rooms, and costume/shoe/accessories workshops. Really interesting and John thought the tour guide was easy to look at...... enough said! :)

Day 2 ( April)

The Recoletta Cemetary where many famous people are buried including Eva Peron, a lovely Big lunch followed by a snooze in the park before Eva Peron Museum. Beers in the local Plaza in the evening round things off nicely.

Amber - and importantly a rather nice new football shirt in preparation for Sunday's football match, yes another football shirt but at least it's real! (Note - Boca Juniors are one of the 2 local teams, the other being River Plate, and we shall be taking in a match with locals this Sunday evening so it was only right I support the team and Nobby's old club!)

Day 3 (14th April)

After an amusing test of Amber's Spanish we purchased two first class bus tickets to Puerto Iguazu for Tuesday (YEAH!!!!!!). As it had been an awful thunderstorm the night before we decided a day of wandering was in order. First Puerto Maderna (like the Docklands you might say - lots of new places to eat / sleep etc). The afternoon we went over to La Boca and Caminito (the tourist part) with lots of live tango in the streets and artisans stalls. The buildings are all painted in bright colours which were mad. Tis amongst one of the poorest areas of BA so you can only safely visit this part but well worth the look.
So last night was the Tango Show at "Carlos Gardel" in the evening - he is basically the founder of tango in BA and it was breathtaking - dancing, singing and a live orchestra after a fantastic if rather rushed 3 course dinner (steak for John of course!!). We chose the best show in town, well why not!!

Day 4 (15th April)

Out to the Tigre delta to see the houses on stilts and chill by the river including a precarious trek to the Bora Bora hostel courtesy of John's companion from his flight out to South America and a lovely lunch from la parilla (the grill) at El Ramanso restaurant.

So as you can see, we are having a fabulous time here in BA - it is truly a magnificent city with so many layers to it that we will just about see enough in our week here. The people are very friendly and helpful which is great when your Spanish is rather rusty and the sights defy words at times.

Ciao for now!

John and Amber

P.s. photos to follow - no time to upload right now, sorry!

P.p.s Big thanks to all of you have been emailing us and / or commenting on this site it's much appreciated. Sorry if we don't always reply to you directly but these internet connections are slow, time is limited and basically we are having too much fun!
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