Buenos Aires - Beefest
Trip Start Feb 14, 2006
101Trip End Mar 19, 2007
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Rachel (my sister) arrived from Australia on the same day as us with her boyfriend Sean. Hadn´t seen eachother in about 18 months and we were in the perfect city to celebrate the reunion! Started the first night out by introducing them to the Argentinian steak....another half cow on a plate! moved on to one of the pubs we´d been in the previous Friday night and who should we meet only Danny (the argentinian guy we met previously) and his cousin! he lads had a bit of difficulty with our names so we got christened Tito (tadgh), kinky samantha (rachel), Madonna (me).Of course the Oz contingent were only coming alive at about 3am so it was off to a night club with the argentinians
Next day we were on a mission to track down a pub for the Ireland Scotland rugby game but none of the pubs open till 5pm on a Sat. in B A so we had to make do with the hostel and the ESPN spanish commentary. Best part of the whole game was listening to the comentators pronunication of Peter Stringer.....Strrrringe-er....a classic!
While the others recovered from the night before I took to the shops...naturally! There is one main shopping st in the centre called Florida and I wasn´t really impressed. Great if you wanted to be clad head to toe in leather for about 100 euros, but other than that from what I could see they´re taste in clothes is baaad
Out again that night for more punishment. This time to an area called Plazo Serano in Palermo. Its a really nice spot north east of the centre. Probably one of the posher areas of the city and its been nicknamed Soho. This particular square was just full of bars and cafes and buzzing with people inside and out. Of course we went to a place called Sullivans. Not remotely Irish but nice all the same. Had an early night this time cos we were all a bit wrecked so it was a very respectable 3.30 am when we got home!
Spent Sunday trying to organise ourselves for the Boca game that evening. Our great friend danny who´d promised to take us didn´t produce the goods adn was uncontactable for the day. Ended up going with the hostel tour a fleecing 80 pesos adn the match tickets are only 14. Got there during the reserve game just before the main action started and it was not on the pitch.
In the terrace below us were all the boca hooligans, before the game started they started the racket with drums and chanting
Across the way were the opposition fans Quilmes. they were even more crazy during the game. Suposedly they were peeing and throwing plastic seats down on the boca fans below them!
Anyway the game was brilliant even the girls watched it!!!!!. Boca won 3 -1.
Next day we did the tourist sites. this included a brief walk around and then a visit to Evitas grave in recoleta cemetary. They certainly know how to give their dead a good burial! The graves were all little mausaleums some huge and some just a bit of shelf space. There were loads of cats hanging around the cemetary as well which kinda made it a bit eerie.We found Evitas tomb pretty easily as it was covered with dead flowers!. There were a lot of inscriptions in the form of plaques on the tomb paying their respects.
he rest of the day turned out to be a bit of a disaster. A lot of walking and not much achieved. its a bit hard to fit in all the touristy things and cope with the nightlife in Buenos Aires....in our case the tourist spots lost out!
On tuesday it lashed rain, Rachel and Sean left on there 72 hr bus journey to Lima and we hung aroung the hostel for most of the day and night waiting for our flight to Ushuaia at 5am. Another sleepless night in BA, but sure we were used to it by now!