Why is everyone looking at us? Don´t we blend in?!

Trip Start Apr 30, 2011
Trip End Dec 08, 2011

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Exploring the city

Flag of Argentina  , Capital Federal District,
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

So, it all started on a Saturday afternoon.....
5 1/2 hours at Heathrow, a 13 hour flight, another 2 1/2 hour wait the other end, and we finally make it to Buenos Aires!

Arriving on a Bank Holiday when the city was dead, the weather was grey and overcast and very cold, probably didnt give good first impressions! But since then the weather has been lovely. Blue skies every day, plenty of sunshine. Temperatures have been around the 17-20 mark. Were walking around in t-shirts and flipflops. The Argentinians are in thick coats and scarves!!

Weve been staying in the same hostel since we arrived. Weve had the luxury of a room to ourselves, up until now! Tomorrow we will start to sample what its like in a shared dorm. Sadly we can only afford the luxury of a private room for so long! The hostel is clean, seemingly safe, and the people are friendly, hence why weve decided to stay rather than stress about finding somewhere new. Their internet could do with an overhaul though, hence why we now find ourselves in the nearest internet cafe!

For the last 3 days weve mostly walked miles and miles around the city. The city is gorgeous. Lots of old buildings and pretty streets. Crossing the road is a nightmare though. You take your life in your hands. Apparantly red lights dont count here! This is especially life threatening trying to cross the 16 lane Avenida 9 de Julio!!

Yesterday on one of our 10 mile wanders(!) we found ourselves in a very famous cemetry. Eva Perron "Evita" was laid to rest here, amongst other famous Argentinian people. The tombs are like nothing you have ever seen before. Some are as high as 20 feet tall. And the detailed sculptures are amazing. As the sun was going down, it looked pretty, but very eery at the same time. The creepy cats didnt help!

Today we did a tour of the city on the open top tourist bus. It was a good way to see some of the more far flung areas of the city.

Its strange here, because its a very cosmopolitan city, lots of people look very European, others look very Spanish. Youd think wed blend in, but apparantly not! We get the strangest looks wherever we go! Chris with his skinny jeans and low V-necks, and Fran with everything about her (Chriss words!). The touristy backpacks and the fact we take pictures of everything probably dont help either! Although Chris with his beard fits in nicely. A lot of Tom Selleck moustaches going on here!

As far as food and drink goes, Chris has sampled a coffee in the world famous Cafe Tortoni, and weve both had some world famous Argentinian steak. Dont get us wrong, it was amazing value, and the taste was great, but were hoping as we go more inland it gets even better! Maybe our (mainly Fran the steak freak!) expectations were a little too high! It seems mini pasties are very popular, and everyone drinks copius amounts of fizzy drinks!!

To sum Buenos Aires up so far, its a very busy place. We are quite surprised though at how few people speak english, so the frans very rusty spanish has come in handy! The city also has lots of history to it. There are McDonalds everywhere, and a "Pharmacity" on every street corner. Hey, at least prescription drugs wont be hard to come by!

Until the next time!!

Beardy and Blondie. xxxxx

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