Leaving Santiago & arriving in Buenos Aires

Trip Start Aug 10, 2007
Trip End Dec 27, 2007

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Monday, October 1, 2007

We decided to sleep in a bit and get up late as our flight was at 5:30pm.  So we got up latish, had breakfast and then packed.

I decided to try and update my facebook entries as I have not been a good facebooker!  So I began doing the cities visited etc. when suddenly Julie ran down the stairs to tell me that we were actually leaving at 2pm!!  We ran around like blue ar$$ed flies, organised a taxi and made it to the airport easily on time ............. we even had an hour to spare!  And then the usual when you have rushed, the flight was delayed, but only for 20 minutes.

The hostel at Santiago, Le Chimba was great and we took some pics before we left to show you what it looked like.

At the airport we found our first Starbucks in South America and settled down to a Latte, while we looked for someone to take the customary photograph for us. We saw a smart looking lady putting in her sweetner and so asked her to take the photo for us.  She made quite a mess - I showed her the one button to press to take the photo, set the zoom and gave her the camera.  She started pressing the wrong buttons, looked through the wrong eyepiece etc. and generally got grumpy as she couldn't work it out.  I showed her a second time and this time she held the camera at arms length and pressed the shutter button.  So the photo is now a shaky blurred image as she did not hold the camera properly, so anyway, it still needs to be recorded as one of the Starbuck photo's, regardless of the quality!

We boarded the Lan Chile flight and were off to Buenos Aires ..........  Lan Chile is not a great airline.  The food is average and the leg room is mainly for Chinese people I think, or anyone with very short legs.  I think children, dwarfs and little people would enjoy the seats, but that's it! 

Our flight was 2 hours and so we tried to squeeze in the 'Evan the Almighty' movie.  We literary shat ourselves and tried our best not to laugh out loud, but alas we did!  The reserved Spanish smart couple in front of us glanced round a few times to see what was so funny to us, but ......... go big or go home!  We almost did ourselves an injury watching him try and build the boat while continuously injuring himself.

We had to switch off the movie after only about 40 minutes of it, so we are hoping when we leave Rio we will be able to watch the second half of the movie.

We landed in a rainy overcast Argentina and then got an even bigger shock when we could not draw any cash from the various ATM's in the airport.  We went to 'Informasi' and were shown to the National 'Banco'.  The assistant helped Jules draw 300 peso's and we worked out that there is a daily limit of 300 peso's per day.  Phew, crisis averted, we could actually have supper.

We caught a shuttle bus to our hostel (Hostel Oblesco) and that entailed us going by big bus to a central terminal then jumping into a cab with two other men.  Then began the ride ....... my golly, he drove like Alonso - crap!  He never kept to a single road marking, did not use his indicator and basically had one hand on the steering wheel and the other moved from the gear lever to the hooter.  We weaved in and out of traffic for 20 minutes until we eventually arrived at our hostel.  We were white faced, had lost a few kilos and were in desperate need of some new underwear.

With shaky legs we went up to our Hostel reception and were grateful to be up in a 'Matrimonial' suite within 30 minutes.  The matrimonial room is one big bed, instead of two single beds (which apparently is a double room in South America), so we placed that one in the book of things to remember for the rest of our time in South America.

Our hostel is in the city centre and has many good streets in all directions nearby.  We walked down the street directly outside, Avenue Corrientes, which is known for it's bookshops and Italian restaurants.

We went into one of the Italian places as we were quite tired and were looking for something quick.  We worked out most of the things on the menu and looked around to see what other people were eating.  There were a few 'weird' things being consumed.  One common dish was a piece of pizza with french fries on top of it!  We decided to go for the bacon burger and lasagna, as we would be hitting the 'meat meat' from then on.

My bacon burger was a portion of french fries, three long lovely rashers of bacon, a beef pattie with cheese on top of it and some lettuce and tomatoes.  No bun etc.  Julie's lasagna had no bolognaise in it, just ham and ricotta cheese!

So quite an experience and we were ashamed to pay the 5 pounds for the meal!  5 pounds, we were laughing all the way back to our hostel ................. it was good to be back in Buenos Aires after 7 years, it was as I remembered so far!!
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