A day in mini Buenos Aires
Trip Start Sep 19, 2009
87Trip End May 19, 2010
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We arrived into the massive BA bus terminal and spent probably about an hour and half finding a combination of information, a ferry office and a left luggage depot!! Originally, we were thinking of catching the ferry to Uruguay. However, the times of the overnight buses were more convenient, so we dumped our heavy bags at the terminal and headed by foot into Bs As. Ben spent the day showing me around his old haunts - we even managed to get into the building of his old flat and right up to his front door, although he did however conveniently forget you need a key to get out, so were stuck for about 15 minutes waiting for a resident to release us!
So, night bus number 3 in 4 nights, but this time the seats did almost lie flat. Although at first terrified when upon boarding the bus the driver took our passports and threw them to one side, it turned out when we crossed the border at 3am he sorted out everyone's entry and exit stamps while we slept on board, awesome!!
At about 9am the next morning, here we were in yet another capital, Montevideo. We checked into our hotel, where 2 lovely old ladies enthusiastically ran the hotel! We had to wait for the room to be ready, so headed out for a walk and some breakfast before a quick lie down – something we hadn’t done in nearly 72 hours! This turned out to be a bad idea. Ben had been complaining of back pain for the previous few days, however when this time he physically couldn’t get up from the bed we realised he may actually have quite a problem… I actually tried to pull him up, which ended in yelps heard by probably the whole street
We spent the early part of the day walking around the old historic centre. The city is quite impressive, and not dissimilar in style & layout to Buenos Aires itself – it is easy to see why they are compared so regularly. There are a lot of very grand colonial buildings, although some certainly in need of a lick of paint – a bit of restoration work, and this could be a city that gets a lot more attention from tourists than it does currently… The highlight of this old town area without a doubt was the Mercado Central, a big indoor collection of steak restaurants. Structurally, it reminded us a little of Borough market; it was almost like an old open-plan warehouse, built around the centrepiece of a big clock. We (obviously) stopped here for lunch, sharing a massive & excellent steak that was cooked on a huge barbeque right in front of us. The hustle & bustle of this place was amazing!
The latter part of the day was spent in the newer section of the city
Despite only having a day in the capital, we felt we had gotten a really good feel for it – which was lucky, as the next morning we were off to our next destination, and heading for the beach!