It Takes Two to Tango

Trip Start Mar 29, 2010
Trip End Sep 01, 2010

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

 After leaving Chile, we took a spectacular 11 hour bus up the Andean Altiplano and down through the winding roads on our way to Salta, Argentina. We passed the famous Cerro de Siete Colores (Mountain of Seven Colours). It was so out of this world, I've never seen anything like it. Every mountain was a different colour including; green, purple, pink, maroon, blue, orange etc. It seemed like we were on a different planet when we were passing through this area. (We didn't get a good picture of this area but check out the link to google images to see for yourself )

We spent a few days in Salta testing out the famous Argentinian Malbec wines. They were delicious and at $3 a bottle we knew we were in wine heaven and soon to become serious winos! We then took the 18 hour bus to Buenos Aires where we were served wine ( we also brought our own bottle..tee hee) and champagne along the way. We liked the Argentinians already! Arriving in Buenos Aires was bitter sweet. On the one hand we were so excited to be in such an amazing city, on the other hand it was going to be the last city of our trip (insert tear here).

Buenos Aires is like a mix of New York City and Madrid. The huge size of the buildings and streets mixed with the multitude of architectural styles and European culture, makes it a place that we could have stayed for a very long time. We spent over 3 weeks in Buenos Aires and saw as much as we could, drank as much wine as we could and went out until 6am as much as we could! We ventured to San Telmo for the famous Sunday market. We visited the Recoletta cemetery where Evita is buried (I couldn't help but sing out loud ``Don`t cry for me Argentina`` while wandering the creepy alleyways). We strolled and exercised in Palermo Park. We shopped till we dropped (B.A is boot and purse heaven). We toured the colourful streets of La Boca. We checked out Las Canitas for some late night drinks, we dined on delicious pasta and steak (well Dave had steak). We walked up and down bustling Florida Street. We went to the world famous Pacha nightclub, among a few other crazy party spots. We saw tango dancers on the street and finally, witnessed a few robberies just to spice it up a little bit!

We also took a short ferry ride over to Colonia Del Sacramento, Uruguay for the weekend while our moms were visiting. By the way, our moms (Louise and Justine) came to visit us for 10 days and got to experience BA and Uruguay as well! Colonia, founded in 1680, is the oldest town in Uruguay and is a world heritage site as well. It is definitely a charming spot to check out with the oldest cobble stoned streets we have ever seen. As it is such a quick trip from BA, it is definitely worth it, plus we got an extra stamp on our passports!

Speaking of stamps on the passports, after 15 countries, we were finally at the end of the road. It was time to come back to Canada. We have had the best time, met some great friends, experienced so many cultures and seen some amazing things. We are coming back with lots of great memories that we will never forget thanks to this blog and the beautiful pictures that Dave has taken along the way. Oh ya, about those beautiful pictures, you might be wondering when you look at this blog where the rest our Argentina and Uruguay photos are....well, they are at the bottom of Lake Muskoka along with Dave`s camera! Yes we made it all the way from Mexico to Argentina with an SLR only to lose it when a storm blew in and threw Dave out of his canoe at my Uncles cottage. Ah well, he needed a new camera anyways as a photography career could be in the works. Thanks everyone for reading and stay tuned for our next adventure.

Lauren and Dave

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