Buenos Aires.....and more rain

Trip Start Feb 14, 2006
Trip End Mar 19, 2007

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Sportsman Hotel

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Friday, March 3, 2006

Ww were pretty excited about getting to Buenos Aires but the misery we met dampened the spirits.....More bloody rain. And it was cold. We were so not ready for this!

Took most of the afternoon looking for a place to stay. Not as easy as all the books say. Most of the hostels were booked out, maybe due to the U2 concert or the fact that it was a Friday.

Anyway, bumped into Sheila (from the falls) again so the three of us went in search. Eventually got a room in the Sportsman hotel. Pretty scummy spot , although strangely musuem-like at the same time.

Went for grub and just so happened to bump into a friend from Home....pretty small world!! Decided that it was worth celebrating this amazing encounter so went for our first big argentinian steak (in La Brigada) and plenty of bevvies to wash it down. The steak was HUGE.....definitely lives up to the reputation. Our waiter was actually able to cut it in half with a spoon...wow! It doesn{t come with mch else....just a big slab of beef. Buenos Aires is definitely the place to be if your on the Aitkens diet....its basically meat, meat , meat and more meat. These meaty places are called (Paradillas and usually have a big open fire with a huge grill for cooking the poor cows! And they'll eat every bit of the cow too...including what we think were the testicles!

Went out afterwards till about 6am....it really only gets going at about 1am. Stuck to the San Telmo area of the city where there happened to be a load of Irish bars(just can{t avoid them!). Anyway they weren't even remotely Irish and we didn't meet one Irish person....(not that we were looking). Ended up in one of them where the barmen were all dressed as pirates and there was a big 'boat theme' going on....where's the Irish in that???
Ended up chatting with loads of locals (super friendly like the brazilians) and did a few Boca Junior chants (one of the local soccer teams that Maradona played for, in case you are a soccer ignorant like me!). Swapped emails, got phone numbers and promised to meet again when we returned. We were also promised an escort to the Boca game the following weekend, by a guy called Danny and his possey! Still can't get over how friendly everyone is over here, they would do anything for you.

We had the boat to Uruguay booked for 9am that morning so there was a quick power nap for about an hour in the hotel and then it was up and off again (in an awful condition) to catch the slow boat to Colonia De Sacrimento.
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