Touristy Things

Trip Start Apr 27, 2009
Trip End Apr 27, 2010

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Been very busy the last 2 days doing touristy things before my course starts on Monday and I have to work hard. Yesterday was a bit cloudy and windy so had to put my jeans on when I went on the BA free tour. It was really interesting and the guide, Gaston, was very informative. He explained why there were loads of people walking around with banners setting off fireworks (they were doing the May Day demonstrations a day early so they could have a day off today!). Apparently there are protests about one thing or another so frequently that the police leave a barrier across most of the Plaza de Mayo permanently so they only have to close the roads once the protestors arrive to stop them getting to the Casa Rosada. It was interesting to learn more about the history of Argentina and why the city is influenced so much by European style. I went on a second tour (given by Gaston's sister) at 5pm which went round some of the aristocratic areas and explained the history behind the buildings. Again it was interesting and helped me find my way about. Some of the buildings are amazing and a couple that she showed us were brought all the way from France!

Today I went into Recoleta cemetary and saw some of the most amazing graves/crypts ever (not that I hang about cemeterites often!). Evita's one had the most flowers but is far from the biggest or fanciest - some of them are unbelievable. Occasionally though there was one with a broken door or a glass display so you could see the coffins which was a bit unsettling. I think I'll go back on one of the days when there is a tour in English to get a bit more info. After I went and met one of the girls from my course at the school and had lunch with her I continued my Evita theme and went down to the Casa Rosada for a tour. The guides all spoke Spanish so I didn't understand much of what was being said but it was nice to have a look around - it's very grand inside. Maybe I'll go back when I can understand more!

Tomorrow I'm going to go and pick up some supplies for my course then on Sunday there's a market at San Telmo so I think I'll go for a look there. Mum, you'd love it here - there's markets everywhere and on most days of the week too!
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