Two Nights in Buenos Aires

Trip Start Feb 21, 2006
Trip End Sep 11, 2006

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

With a quick whip thru Buenos Aires of two nights, we were proud to make it out of there at all considering the warnings of "You can only leave Buenos Aires on a Monday... You get caught up in a vicious circle of goin out, havin too much fun, sleeping through check out and doing it all over again until you hit a quiet patch on a Monday afternoon" given by a fellow backpacker on the way to our hostel. The reputation of this great city had a lot to live up to in the esteemed opinions of a couple of "professional partiers" from London.

Our first impression of the city didnīt exactly give much backing to the warnings we had received as we got off the bus and waited in a queue for taxis for 40 minutes as it pissed down with rain and we were forced to put jumpers on for the first time on our trip. It was reminiscent of London as we stood there shivering. However, the tune soon changed once we had our first Argentinian steak and a bottle of fine wine sitting in front of us... Admittedly, we were only brave enough to order the "half portions" as the reputation of the size of steak had preceded and glad we were... I have decided that Argentina is the country where I will commence my training for the World Eating Championships. Being able to buy the highest quality, juiciest slab of steak around, the size of your head and for about 3 quid is what any red blooded manīs dreams are made of!

Considering the amount of Quilmes drunk over the next two nights we were there, first night out at a bizarre "hip hop/house club" (strange combination I know but it seemed to work after a few beers) and the "good craic" had with a crazy Irish couple (who managed to commence drinking well before we got up each day and continue long after we had hit the sack) in the lead up to St Patricks Day, I think we did exceedingly well to make our 8am ferry to Montevideo, Uruguay on a Saturday morning! This may have been impossible, however, without making the vow of heading back to Buenos Aires in a week to do a Spanish course and, of course, sample some more of the finest entertainment South America has to offer! If a tough job, but someoneīs gotta do it...
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