A Whole New Hemisphere
Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
39Trip End May 15, 2011
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After a nice afternoon siesta (nap) we were ready to have our first night out BA style. If we were to do it exactly as the portenos (BA people) do it then we would have had a some dinner at around 10:30pm then off for some midnight desert, then maybe to a 2am bar, and finally to the clubs until the sun came up. Since we were still pretty tired, our first night out did not go this late, but we still managed to find a great party at a local place. We heard from someone in our hostel that there was a great show that takes place in a warehouse every Monday. Here, there is a drumming group that puts on a show while the huge crowd dances around them. This sounded like a great time to us so we followed the group going to this party, paid the 25 pesos ($7) to enter, grabbed a beer and a brownie from the bake sale, and danced the night away to the beats of La Bamba De Tiempo. (Ask me privately for more details about the bake sale). After the drumming group finished, the crowd stayed around the warehouse for a while until it eventually dispersed and signaled our cue to head home and get some rest.
Day two got off to a late start, by our standards, which was alright because the sleep was so so good. Now that we had our bearings in the city a little bit we felt comfortable enough to chose a place in the guide book and venture to a new neighborhood via subway. Today we went to the city center, microcentro and plaza de mayo. This area is the business district, so there where tons of people with their suits on, walking the crowded streets
The next day we ventured to an area that looked interesting, based on its location within the city. This was the Reserva Ecologica. It sits on the east side of the city on the Rio Del Plata and is a huge wildlife refuge with walking paths and bike rentals. The walk over to this area took us through the up and coming neighborhood of Peurto Madero. This area is being build up with expensive real estate and fancy restaurants. It was nice but not exactly our cup of tea. The walk around the Reserva Ecologica was short as it was about 95 degrees outside and the sweat was puddling underneath us
That is it for the first few days here in Buenos Aires. We are here for another 5 days, until we take the boat across the Rio De La Plata, and enter South American country number two. Uruguay!!
Some Random Observations About Buenos Aires:
* Crazy Subway - The subway cars are old and rickety and require you to manually open them during the 5 second stop at each platform. Because of this, people open them a few seconds before the train stops and jump out as its still moving. We haven't quite mastered this move yet.
* Huge Trees - Aside from the amazing architecture everywhere there are countless plazas all over the city, many of which have 100 year old trees that have huge above ground roots and thick branches that seem to stretch outward and upward forever
* Trash Picking - At night we saw groups of people and families drifting through the huge piles of bagged garbage in the streets looking for anything valuable such as recyclables. Very sad to see.
* Smoking - Everyone is smoking something. Mostly cigarettes, but other stuff as well, and it is a constant, as we smell like smoke when we return home and we don't even smoke.
* There are palzas everywhere, most of which are loaded with graffiti. Graffiti is everywhere in this city, and its not pretty graffiti. It looks like a 5 year old drew it.
P.S. The airport in Sao Paulo is crazy. Small and packed with people running around. Hard to explain the vibe there, but it was an interesting experience.