Buenos Aires

Trip Start Aug 28, 2004
Trip End Aug 2005

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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

We thought of traveling through the Argentinean countryside by bus over three or four days.
But we couldn't face it and flew to Buenos Aires which is well "bueno"
Unfortunatly it is their winter so only 12c but itīs sunny.
Very European like a cross between paris, Barcelona and Geneva with a bit of London (the good bits) thrown in.
And it,s cheap which is good as we are almost out of money!!
We stayed for a couple of nights in a nice hotel in the centre, 12 pounds per night "hotel chile" then we found an apartment for about 80 pounds per week in an very up market area near to where Evita is staying (mind you she is dead)
We have 10 days to explore the sights and be tempted by cheap shopping, made the mistake of going to an antiques market in San Telmo (very good) on sunday and even bigger mistake of rushing back to the apartment to watch the U.S F1 Grand Prix (the worst I,ve ever seen and I,ve seen some shockers). Monday was a bank holiday
Argentina is famous for hiding Nazis,s, Fangio and steak, the best in the world. Big thick and juicy and the steaks not bad either.
Now we have an apartment with can cook so now only restaurant for lunch and dinner. The quality is high as is the choice and the price is low. We start off by saying we cannot possibly have another steak and then have another steak. The most we paid for a meal 4 courses with Champagne was 11 pounds per head.
Over the course of two weeks we went to a Camden town type of craft market near our apartment very good and bought, we visited San telmo a area famous for it,s antiques market and bought.
By the time we left we had 70 kilos of stuff including a new travel bag.
Even so we did not go crazy even though our apartment was next to the design centre housing 60 very good design shops.
We also visited La boca a run down area that has attracted money by painting it,s houses in bright colours (that,s it) and watched the money poor in.It,s also famous for it,s football club where Maradonna played.
One of our visits was to the Gaucho market where the Artinian Cowboys come to sell there wares and dance in the street. Obviously very touristy but with the cities locals.
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