Buenos Aires

Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
Trip End Sep 30, 2010

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

We have spent the last 3 and a half days in Buenos Aires, trying to acclimatise to both the time difference (11 hours behind) and the lifestyle difference (restaurants donīt always open before 10pm). Iīm not sure what time we are currently running on, but its not either of those.

The taxi ride in from the airport was interesting, Bevan tried out the conversational section of the phrasebook to everyones amusement. Our driver was pointing things out to us that we couldn't understand - a lot of it seemed to involve futbol (soccer) though.

Our hostel is quite good - Australian and Argentine run. Only major problem is that you canīt bring your own beer in, and the bar only stocks one type of beer. Luckily the supermarkets here stock beer cold, and street drinking seems to be legal. Oh, and the standard size bottle is a litre. Makes even a king brown seem small.

Our first jetlagged and exhausted afternoon was spent wandering around the plaza de mayo and the waterfront area - Buenos Aires is a very pleasant city just to wander around. Imagine the dirtiest, most graffitied European city in the world, then triple its size to half of the population of Australia.

Our second day we thought we had jetlag sorted. After an early night, we awoke refreshed and ready to go... at 4am. Maybe not. We spent the day in Recoleta, one of the wealthiest suburbs in BA. First and obvious stop was the cemetery, packed with multistorey marble mausoleums (including Evitaīs) and also stray cats much like the rest of the city. We also managed to cross the widest road in the city, a mere 12 lanes that requires a couple of cycles of the lights to cross. We checked out the bar in the hostel, where it soon became clear to both of us that the best cure for jetlag would obviously be to drink a few litres of beer and have a late night... surprisingly it worked quite well.

The third day we spent at the zoo, botanical gardens and Japanese gardens - quite a pleasant way to spend a nice sunny day. This zoo actually does have a chicken exhibit - and in addition to that, they run uncaged around the zoo (thought that might interest you Mark!).

Today we headed out to Tigre, a suburb of Buenos Aires on the waterfront about an hour away by train. Quite scenic as the river splits into a delta of islands and the air seemed somewhat less polluted than in the city (although the river was an unappealing brown with a strange smell). Would have been more pleasant without the relentless heat and humidity (isnīt it supposed to be winter?)

Tomorrow we fly to Puerto Iguazu, to check out the falls from the Argentinian and then the Brazilian side. We have been very restrained so far, not taking any photos of power lines, perhaps we will have to take some photos of the hydroelectric plant at the falls though.

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