Big smelly city

Trip Start Apr 17, 2006
Trip End Jun 14, 2006

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Sunday, June 11, 2006

The strange thing is, that although this entry is dated June 10th, I'm writing it nearer July 10th, almost a month too late. Things have been so hectic since I got back that I have been unable to get a chance to update the blog. And now I am away in Manchester and Canterbury until August whilst my diary, which recorded (in a somewhat blander form than you are treated to here) my day-to-day activities, is back home in London. Which means I can't really remember what I got up to during my week in Argentina's massive capital, never mind how I felt. Que problema.

However, you are probably relieved as it means it will make for a nice short entry. In the first few days, in no particular order, I did the following:
1. Met up with my relative Anita, aunt of Pablo, my host in Montevideo (see that entry if you want to try and work out the relationship!). She suggested we meet at Buenos Aires's poshest hotel (it's in the world's top twenty), so I scared her by saying I'd arrive on my bike with a big beard (but I chickened out and took the tube and trimmed the beard a little bit).
2. Fate arranged it that I was in Buenos Aires at the same time as the wonderful Maria Jose was back visiting her sister, and they invited me round. I looked at a map and it looked to be one road all the way, so I decided to cycle. What I neglected to account for was the fact that since Argentinian cities are made of blocks (and I don't mean breeze blocks, ho ho), all the streets are one-way, and this one went against my directional wishes. After much zigzagging up adjacent streets and a fair amount of getting lost, I finally made it. Once there, I attempted, with limited success, to recreate for them my wonderful invented meal of a couple of weeks previously. It's not that great, actually, I think I was deluding myself. Maria Jose did home-made milanesas, though, which really were great. Her sister has the world's cutest baby, Nahuel, who never made a fuss about anything despite being age 1.
3. I saw some of the sights of Buenos Aires, which I won't talk about as I don't want to spoil things in case you ever go.

Have a peek at the photos and then I'll tell you about my last few days.
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