Buenos Aires

Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

So.... Weīve spent 5 days in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. You can feel the difference from Brazil. A bit cooler, kind of like London on a good summers day. Everything's way cheaper, especially food. In fact, Iīve been on a bit of a food binge! Lots of Italians immigrated here so Iīve felt quite at home! The city has a European vibe, with similar buildings and street layout. It felt a bit like being in Rome but without the ancient monuments. Our hostel was in the "San Telmo" district, famous for its Tango. It also has a bit of a bad reputation for being a dangerous place at night, but we had no problems.

So on the first day we didnīt do much, we just had a walk around to get a feel for the place. We ended up in the middle of a demonstration that was happening in the main square. They were demonstrating to remember the thousands of people that had  been killed during the dictatorship, around 30 years ago. People were playing drums and dancing around the street.

The next day we went to visit the Museum of fine Arts in the "La Boca" district. It was ok, nothing amazing, but at least we can say that we did a few cultural things whist being here! We then went to a street market near by, where we watched a bit of street Tango. Later on that night we went out to find what the boys came to Argentina for... A huge steak! Apparently, Argentina has the best steaks in the world, and very reasonably priced too. We went on a recommendation to a local restaurant near by called "Don Ernesto" and boy, was it good! I had homemade pasta and the others had the most enormous steaks Iīve ever seen. The meal only came to 15 pounds a head and the staff were so friendly. We were definitely going to return here again before leaving!

On Saturday we went to see a football match. James is a massive football fan and had been looking forward to this for ages. We went to see the Buenos Aires team "Riverplate" vs "Newells Old Boys". I don't know much about football but I enjoyed myself. The atmosphere was great, Riverplate won 2 -1 and the crowd went crazy! I might have to start watching a bit more football when I get back... 
Saturday night we wanted to go out partying! Buenos Aires is famous for itīs night life, with different things happening every day of the week. I did a bit of research on the internet before going out as the four of us are quite snobby when in comes to electronic music. It's got to be House or Techno, no compromising! It took me a while but I found a free open aired Tech/House rave going on in one of the squares in "Armenia". Perfect! Who can turn down a free rave? I wasnīt sure what to expect seeing as it was organized by the council but when we got there we were pleasantly surprised. The music was more or less to our taste and the locals were super friendly. We met these cool girls called Maggy and Gabby. Maggy had lived in Bristol for a while and spoke perfect English. The party finished at 3am and the two girls took us to an underground techno club right near our hostel. We partied on till the early morning....

Woke up the next day with a sore head, as expected. It was worth it though! Later on that afternoon we went to a local antique market. Early nights for us! Monday was a bit of a no day too. We just lay under the sun during the day and met up with the same girls that evening. They took us to cocktail bar in "Palermo", one of the nicer areas of the city. We didn't stay out too late as it was a Monday and the drinks were a bit out of our price range!

Tuesday was our last day in the city and there was only one thing to tick off our "to do" list. Tango. It was the one thing that we kept putting off, mainly because we were sure to embarrass ourselves! In the end we plucked up the courage, and headed to the milonga (my Mum will be so proud!). We were the first there, and things weren't looking good. First of all our teacher was from Ireland (no offense to the Irish, its just that tango originated in Argentina and Uruguay). Second of all, everyone walking through the door was male (for those of you who don't know tango is usually danced between a man and a woman). As there were no women, we paired up with each other. It was quite amusing, staring into each others eyes... I think I got the hang of it, although I'm still not sure wether I was the man or the women! 
As it was our last night, and to treat ourselves for doing so well with the tango, we went to our favorite stake house, Don Ernesto of course! 

Today we fly to El Calafate, Patagonia in the south of Argentina. It's going to be freezing! The plan is to do a few treks in the area and then head up north through Chile. 

I'll keep you updated!


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Simon Collie on

Wicked. Love the pics. What was better: Rio or Buenos Aires?

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