With my Handcuffs in Buenos Aires

Trip Start Jan 19, 2008
Trip End May 01, 2008

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Gotta say that Kat and I were both pleasantly surprised, after our travels around India, to land in Bue (as we´re affectionatly calling it) and find that it´s a very modern city. To be honest, apart from the relatively low prices, toasty warm temperatures, and tango shows in every other cafe, you´d be hard pressed to tell it apart from any west European city this time of year.

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.
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