With my Handcuffs in Buenos Aires
Trip Start Jan 19, 2008
30Trip End May 01, 2008
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We´re staying in, what I believe is the cheapest hotel in the city - but once again, our travels in India have prepared us for much worse than we´re experiencing here. Our initial plan to scout out more favourable ho(s)tels has been overcome by our general lethargy - so we´re staying in the centrally located (on the main pedestrianized shopping street) Hotel O´Rei.
We spent the first afternoon in San Telmo - it was Sunday so the markets were in full force and after a bit of wandering we found a cafe and enjoyed the inaugural holiday beers
Then we hunted out a cafe with a Tango show and enjoyed the inaugural holiday wine.
You really struggle here without Spanish as a language - Even in bars and restaurants the waiters/waitresses by and large don´t speak English. Kat fortunately has a GCSE in Spanish and armed with her Collins Spanish-English dictionary we´re rapidly picking up all sorts of necessary phrases.
As I thought at some point I might need to explain that Kathryn was my wife I looked up ´wife´ in the dictionary - esposa. Brilliantly it´s the same as the word ´handcuffs´ - esposas.
Today we´ve been upto Recoleta (the rich bit), home to a pretty crazy cemetary stuffed full of impressive mauselea (if that is the plural of mauseleum?). After that we did a Lonely Planet suggested tour of the area. Kat´s foot started to hurt so we numbed the pain with bottle of wine numero dos before heading over to Puerto Madera (a docklands style development) for a late lunch. Now Kat´s resting her foot and I´m typing this - in an hour or so we´re going to head off to find a restuarant with a tango show and I´m hoping to get hold of my first Argentinian steak.