40 hours of coaching, but finally in Buenos Aires!
Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
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We left Partity in a bit of a rush as we had to get to BA for Friday. We divided to stop off in San Paulo as it's famous for it's night life and we also had a friend that lives there, Claudia. We met Claudia at our Balls DEEP leaving party and she was kind enough to show us around. We went to the famous "D EDGE" night club. It was no Fabric but we still had fun, considering it was a Monday night.
The next day we we got a 15 hour coach ride to Iguazu falls. It left in the afternoon and arrived at 4.30 am. I was a bit worried about the long coach ride but I slept like a baby and have never been on a more comfortable coach! The chairs reclined into beds and we got to watch a 3 hour musical film on Boney M; time flew by
Iguazu falls is split between 2 countries, Brazil and Argentina. We wanted to see the falls from the Argentinian side as you can get a lot closer and its also cheaper. So we got in a taxi to Argentina and what happened next was very unbelievable.... As we passed through border control at 5.30am we got our passports checked and verified. We got out of Brazil fine but as we entered the Argentinian side we encountered a very grumpy old Argentinian officer. He asked us to get out the taxi and said in very bad English "You Americans?". We replied "No, English". He then started screaming at us in Spanish "Back to Brazil, no English in Argentina!" We were confused and asked "why?" He replied "Malvinas, malvinas!". Malvinas? What did that mean? We asked him, the taxi driver and other officials but know one could speak English. The taxi was ordered to send us back Brazil. We were trying to work out what malvinas meant. I thought maybe some sort of epidemic had broken out and it was unsafe for English people to pass through. I then checked my Spanish phrase book and found that "mal" meant bad but nothing for "vinas". We thought maybe "bad people?". It wasnīt till we got back to the Brazilian border that an English speaking official translated it to "Falkland Islands". We couldnīt believe it! We were barely alive at the time of the Falkland war. Besides, how many British people must pass through there every day! Cheers Maggie!
The Brazilian officials were just as baffled as we were and said the guy must have had a personal reason for not letting us through
We then waited two and a half hours hoping that his shift would have finished by 8.
Round two. We got into another taxi towards Argentinian border patrol, everyone feeling very nervous. Only this time to be greeted by a lovely smiling female official who barely looked at our passports and let us through! We were so relieved!
With less time to spare we headed straight to the falls. Iguazu falls are surrounded by a big nature reserve. You pay to get in and then you are free to roam around. The falls were a 30 minute walk from the park entrance and on the way we bumped into these very friendly raccoons (see photos). When we arrived at the falls we came across spectacular views. They were massive! The park has built walkways that brought us right up close, so close that we got soaked. Luckily, Jamesīs camera is water proof so we got some great photos. You can also get a boat tour up close to the falls, but a boat had capsized that day so all boat trips had been called off. We could see it upside down in the water. The next day, a friend, Nick, from back home had informed us that two people had died in that accident
Later on that day we got back on a coach that left at 5pm and arrived at 11am in BA. This coach was even more luxurious then the first one. It served meals and screened 5 different films including Mr Bean (in Spanish)!
Buenos Aires is a cool city, famous for its tango. Weīre here for 5 days so iīll let you know how it goes.