Trip Start Sep 22, 2010
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Nice red sunrise after a long and not very comfortable flight. Here I am finally !
I stayed down town a few days before leaving for a day to La Plata (south of Buenos Aires, Boulogne-sur-mer twin town) and another day to Delta del Tigre (North of Buenos Aires, on the shore of Rio de la Plata) away from the oppressive noise of these endless streets, the only escape is the big nature reserve between the city and the seashore. I must admit that I didn't really enjoy Buenos Aires
Luckily, I met some very nice people: I've been hosted by Pablo (couchsurfing), a very nice guy, guitar player and fan of music. I did my first house party at Auriane's place and once again saw a sunrise walking in the street Boulogne-sur-mer (This is where San Martin died in 1850, he was the Libertador of Agentina, Chile and Peru). I tasted my first Argentine asado at Maria's place, and discovered that asado is not the local name of barbecue: entire pieces of meat, half chickens and chorizos (delicious with bread = choripan) slowly cooked on a large gill. Absolutely delicious, and good remedy for hangover !
During my first day in Argentina, I discovered that:
- empanadas are very good stuff (generally) and good value
- meat is almost in everything and is cheap
- vegetarianism will be hard to go on...especially for someone who likes meat very much, like me
- Cities are made of blocks, and streets are straight lines, it's easier to find your way, but I didn't find the charm of small and tortuous European streets
- Argentine people use "vos" instead of "tu", have a slightly different conjugation for the second singular person, speak a little bit with a kind of Italian accent (it was quite funny at first but I get use to it), the porteņos (from Buenos Aires and around) pronounce the "ll" like a "ch".