Livin' la vida loca

Trip Start Sep 20, 2007
Trip End Dec 20, 2007

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

¡Buenos dias todos!

This could quite possibly be the last entry I write on latino soil, therefore I'll make the most of the spanish while I can! So I'm in Buenos Aires living the high life and its great :o) when I arrived on Monday it was pretty late, after 10pm by the time I got to the hostel, and I was pretty tired after the flight, so thought I would just go straight to bed. As I was checking in however I chatted briefly to a guy hanging around, so thought I would socialise a bit first. Anyway, before long the crowd was about 10 strong and everyone was heading to a bar, so who was I to refuse a new group of friends! We headed to San Telmo, a nice quirky neighbourhood of BA, and went to a steak restaurant (of course!). By the time we got there it was already past midnight in typical argentinian style. We had some great steaks and a fair amount of red wine to wash it down, and then headed back towards the hostel to a bar. It still felt really early but we didn't even reach the bar til nearly 2am! It was a really cool place, irish themed but playing lively music. We might have had a cocktail or two and got rather tipsy... it was a good crowd and we were dancing around having a laugh, it was cool :o) got home around 5ish after a quietish night out!

This was all great til I got woken up at 8am by someone new moving into my dorm, and then kept awake by loud aussies talking about their "conquests" until I finally gave up and went for breakfast at 10. Also had a killer hangover :oS but these mega ibruprofen I got in bolivia seemed to sort it out :oD Breakfast actually involved cornflakes and croissants - no bread and jam, woo!!! I had a lazy breakfast, followed by the best shower in the world! Not only hot but powerful and sooo good :o) after that i fished out my only remaining clean(ish) clothes and started to plan my day. Got chatting to an english guy who'd just moved into my dorm and we ended up going to grab some lunch. Hes a racehorse trainer from Newmarket and been working in Argentina for the last 3 months at a breeding farm in the pampas. Cool huh! We had a walk down by the river in the posh part of town, realised it was out of our pricerange so headed to Palermo, a really chic place that remins is Kensington or the Kings Road. Found a cheapish cafe and had a good lunch and then went exploring. Theres some great shops (a little out of my price range but not too excessive!) and its really pretty so was a nice walk. We were looking for christmas cards for Michael to post home, couldnt find a single one! Plenty of creepy Santas though. Exhausting that area we decided to go to the Museo de Bellas Artes for some culture, they have some Renoir, Van Gogh, Monet... it was a fair trek and we'd walked quite a bit already but went for it anyway! When we finally got there, it was closed. typical. So we headed up to Recoleta where there is a famous cemetary, Evita is buried there as well as other famous types. Not really my thing but it was close. Anyway we headed to the vague area and saw a map so found where we thought we were and followed the directions. After about a 20min walk we saw it , and stopped in  a bar just round the corner for an expensive but well earned early evening cocktail. Yum! Having rested our weary feet we carried on walking... to find ourselves back exactly where we started. Noooo! turns out we had been about 20m from the entrance and the map had been thoroughly misleading. Stupid map. Anyway by the time we got there it was closed anyway. So not the most successful day! We were knackered by this point having walked for miles but there was no near underground station so we ended up walking all the way back to the hostel. Phew.

When we got back the hostel was really quiet, all the rowdy aussies and the crowd from the previous night having disappeared. So we just went out to a nearby restaurant and had a fairly decent steak and then headed back to the hostel where we hooked up with Shani (Israeli by birth, British by mother, American by father, 100% California by personality) and Gabbi (mexicana, very sweet but doesnt speak much english). They were off to Palermo Hollywood, a very swish barrio (suburb) with lots of nice bars so we tagged along. Found a really nice bar, rather quiet cos it was tuesday night, but the mojitos were amazing! Yummm :o) Had a quiet night so i was only 3.30am when we got back!

Woke up at 9.30 to find I was the last one asleep in the room, yikes! Why are people up so early here?! Still at least they didnt wake me up. Got a different breakfast, nice to have some variety :o) Lazed around the hostel for a while then me and Michael decided to head towards La Boca, a very cool but slightly dodgy area most famous for its football team. We started walking there via Ave Florida - a very busy pedestrianise shopping street in the centre. Did a bit of browsing in shops but was all a bit pricey. From there we headed down to San Telmo, and on the way had a really nice cheap lunch in a little local cafe place. In the day San Telmo was awesome, lots of quirky shops, antiques etc. The central plaza is full of bars so we sat down for a drink in the shade and then browsed all the little stores around the edge selling souvenirs, jewellry and local crafts. Afer that we headed in the direction of La Boca and handily came across a tourist information point, the nice girl there gave us a map and told us to get on a bus as the walk there was through a rough area. So we jumped on a bus and talked to a crazy old women who went to see the queen in Windsor 20 years ago.

Boca was really cool - all the  houses are painted different colours, there are lots of street artits and people dancing tango everywhere. Some old guy got me to dance tango with him - or at least he tried! We walked the streets and made sure we didnt stray off the beaten path. Went to a rubbish art gallery, all the paintings were so ugly. It was a great place to absorb the atmosphere and people watch - the first place iv been in BA that didnt feel like europe. After that we headed back to the centre of town, found an ice cream shop :o) and then went home.

In the evening I went to a tango show! Me and the girls - Charlotte, Shani and Gabbi. It was really fun, good musicians, good dancing and felt very cultured. Not as good as the dancing in Moulin Rouge though :oP

And that was pretty much it for the day... I headed home and treated myself to a whole bottle of water on the patio than finally had an earlyish night.

And so today.. well, got up, breakfasted and checked out. Headed with Michael to the bus station so he could get a ticket back to his job and I could get a bus ticket to the airport. All fine except that some stupid girl with very good english directed us in totally the wrong direction to the airport transfer office, grrr. So another 20mins of pointless wandering! After that went to a shopping centre and I bought some jeans. And now I am about to leave BA, and South America, for a very long time. Noooo!!!

So, I must go and get on my bus, and get off the internet. New York City, here I come. Whoooo!!!

Mucho amor xxxx
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