Buenos Aires ... say goodbye to our group :(

Trip Start Sep 21, 2009
Trip End Apr 10, 2010

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

So in this entry we arrive in Buenos Aires. We travelled by ferry from Colonia to Buenos Aires and attempted to book into 'Hotel Spendid' but were told we'd been moved to a sister hotel around the corner. We're camped in Downtown. Buenos Aires is beautiful - at least that was our first impression helped by the fact that it's a national holiday so the streets are not as busy as usual. It's much like many European cities with a mixture of old and new. We headed to La Boca as our first stop. Lots of brightly coloured buildings, cafés and people doing tango on the streets - and the weather was beautiful. We had lunch there with our group and then separated to wonder the streets. It was that first day that we had our first money scare. We were in an internet place, about to book a hostel for the following day, when we discovered that our card was missing. I would like to say that all was peaceful and calm but that would be at least slightly incorrect. What followed was a mad dash to the last place where we could remember having it - the ATM where we'd taken out money that morning - several hours previously. If God was going to see how we coped without a card this was not that day - to our great relief we found it placed neatly next to the machine - a miracle - thank You!

That evening we all met up again and headed out to a Tango show which included a 1 hour lesson and 3 course meal. Tango does seem to be everywhere here. Gem and I are going to have to remember to practice our moves so we've got something to show when we get back. We were pretty amazing at the tango, as you'd expect, but the professionals who did the show were absolutely incredible. The food was good too - we both had steak.

The following day we checked out of our hotel and into our new hostel on Mexico Street. All the roads around here are on a grid system so it´s very easy to find your way around. We met our group for lunch at an 'all-you-can-eat' buffet and said our final goodbyes. We've been very grateful for our group and are hoping to stay in touch - they've all been great! Anyway, so now we're on our own again. That afternoon we headed to a famous cemetery. I say 'cemetery´and you probably say 'why?'. This place was crazy! Full of the graves of famous people and presidents and other importants. These guys don't have simple gravestones - they have full on buildings and towering monuments. So the pictures of 'buildings' I've uploaded for this entry are actually 'gravestones'. It did feel a bit like a weird way to an leave an everlasting impression, a way to try to live forever. Anyway ... 

The following day, yesterday, we had a logistics day and sorted out a bus to the boys home we're hoping to help out at next week. Our other order of business was purchasing Gem some jeans so she didn't feel so conspicuous in these big cities, and me some shades so I looked more conspicous. Everything is always made a hundred times more complicated by the language barrier but between us I think we're getting better.

I've written a lot but I think the highlights are covered. It does feel a bit like aspects of this journey so far have been impossible to communicate - the language and culture thing particularly - nevermind - lots to talk about when we get back.

Next stop Benito Juarez. See you there ...
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