The big BA
Trip Start Sep 23, 2010
366Trip End Jul 13, 2012
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Arrived into Buenos Aires at around 10.30am, then caught the Subte (tube) to the Garden House hostel where we were in time for breakfast, yay we like these hostels! We then chilled in our room for a while then had a quick wander around to Plaza de Mayo where it looked like they were setting up a concert. Feeling fairly tired (even though it was a luxury bus, it still takes it out of you) we headed back and picked up pizza for dinner as the hostel has an oven! After dinner we watched the film 2012 then got some sleep.
Woke up fairly late and got up to breakfast around 9.30, then headed out towards Congress where surprisingly the national congress building is a fantastic looking building, apparently it is modeled on Washington DC's capitol building
Got up around 9am, we seem to have trouble getting up early in BA, must be something in the air, had breakfast then headed in search of cash and travel advice. So we headed to Avenida Florida to find HSBC (which like all banks we've found in Argentina like to charge P$15.98 (£2.50) per transaction and will only allow you to withdraw P$1000 (£158) at a time, which is a pain when you have a £300 UK limit so you have to make another withdrawal of P$850 (£140) depending on what exchange rate you get and get charged again
Did I mention trouble getting up here, got up around 9.30 and after breakfast had to pack our bags as we were moving rooms, we are now in Love, (they have names on the rooms) not with the room I hasten to add as we're on the road side and right next to reception which are pretty noisy
Woke up several times in the night as the room was quite stuffy and the noise from the road was annoying, so we got up around 9.30 for breakfast. Later we headed into town via our favourite cafe (Pizzeria La Moderna) for empanadas (this time ham and cheese) and then to the Retiro to book our bus tickets to Puerto Madryn on Monday. One thing we have noticed in BA is that on Saturdays there is very little traffic, to be honest looking around it was rather like a ghost town, until that is you get to Avenida Florida where all the tourists are! Heading back we saw yet another protest with chanting and beating of drums this time marching down the deserted streets, but also waiting patiently at the traffic lights, it all seems so organised here
Up late again for breakfast (we`re glad they have it untill 11am here), ear plugs drowned out a bit of the noise so did get some sleep. At about 11am we headed down to Ave Defensa for the Sunday markets where we saw musicians playing and Tango dancers dancing and plenty of souvenirs to buy, so we didn`t hang around too long. We grabbed a slice of pizza from our favourite cafe and ate it in the park near the hostel then went back for a rest. Around 5pm we decided to get some air and go for a walk, but a few blocks away from our hostel we felt the usual splatter from what we thought was an air con unit from the balcony above so didn't think much of it. Strangely a man and woman suddenly appeared with paper tissues offering to help mop up the green vinegar smelling spots that were all down our backs and shorts
Even though we didn't want to we got up at 9am, showered and had breakfast and then packed ready to to check out at 11am. We then chilled out in the hostel lounge until 2pm then we loaded up and headed to the Subway via the cafe for more lovely empanadas and onto the bus station to catch our bus to Puerto Madryn. Once on board we said our goodbyes to Buenos Aires and settled in to watch a movie, well we would if the audio worked, after several
attempts to reload the movie they got it working all be it quite low so you could only just hear some of what was said. On the journey we managed to watch The Hangover, Fighting and The Prestiege whilst enjoying a similar meal to the last one but no beer so I had to have Champagne instead, what a chore, then settled into to my seat for some sleep.