First instalment from S America - Buenos Aires

Trip Start Mar 17, 2008
Trip End Jun 08, 2008

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Hola amigos!!

Well here it is, our first offering from S America. No doubt you`ve been waiting for this with huge amounts of anticipation, so let`s hope you are not disappointed. It`s early evening on Good Friday, the end of day four in BA. Currently it is chucking it down outside, but to be honest that`s some welcome respite from the soaring temperatures of the last few days. We`re in our B&B supping from a litre bottle of Quilmes beer having just splashed out 3 quid for a taxi ride across town.

This place is brilliant, we have loved every minute. Our journey started off in absolute luxury - we really appreciate the lengths you went to for us Rachel, and can't thank you enough. The research before our trip paid off and a lot of luck has resulted in us staying in the hippest (not a word I use often in my mid thirties) part of BA, Palermo Soho. It`s a bit like Greenwich Village in NY, very cosmopolitan, cool shops & boutiques, an endless array of bars and restaurants, and lots of beautiful Argentine men and women - they´re like gorgeous brown berries all of them. Our B&B, Cypress In, has the friendliest staff imaginable, nothing is too much trouble. There`s a great roof terrace perfect for early evening drinks, a nice lounge area (see photo), decent sized rooms, a safe and free internet access. We`ve booked several of the next legs of our itinerary from here, including flights to Montevideo in Uruguay, a bus from Santiago to Mendoza, extra nights there while we explore wineries and a 5 day trek to Machu Picchu in Peru.

We have covered so much of the city on foot, the best way to explore - from hip and trendy Palermo to contemporary Puerto Madero (think Salford Quays), from the faded charm of San Telmo where we had our first `Parilla` to the amazing glamour of Señor Tango where we enjoyed a 3 hour tango cabaret. The dancing was amazingly intense, erotic, angry, powerful and sensual all at once - quite breathtaking. Special thanks to Maria and Nacho who treated us to this spectacle - we look forward to welcoming you both to UK one day where you can sample the delights of fish and chips on a windswept pebbled beachfront... Seriously, it would be a pleasure to return your generosity.

We`ve also enjoyed the zoo (see photos) and some lovely gardens that are dotted throughout this metropolis. This is also a shoppers paradise, from the tack of Avenida Florida (think top end of Oxford St) to the glitz of Recoleta (Armani et al). We`ve kept the credit cards locked away!

So our BA adventure comes to a close - tomorrow we fly to Iguazu Falls for 3 days and are trying to decide between white knuckle rafting or a gentle boat trip beneath the thundering falls.

Wishing our family, friends and colleagues a peaceful Easter, until next time.....

Pablo & Carmen x
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rozberry on

hola ,
To Pablo and Carmen,
What a wonderful reception from your friends. We are experiencing a South Pole weather experience here. Never mind, we will enjoy making a snowman and eating lots of hot cross buns. The chocolate Easter egg hunt in the garden and orchard will require thermal underwear.! What amazing pictures of flaura, Strelitz-Bird of Paradise. Your wedding flowers were Heliconium- Lobster Claws. The Architecture and Geography is breathtaking. Can't wait for the views from the Inca Trail. hugs/ MUM/ RFB.

rozberry on

Your first week in Buenos Aries was the most amazing music and dance experience. Are you able to enjoy life and sway with the Latin beat. We have built huge snowmen and enjoyed an Easter Egg treasure hunt in the snow. Thank you for our Spiderman and Bob The Builder Easter from
Charley and George xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

cadey on

buenos dias asta la vista baby :-)
ola Pablo and Carmen. Looks like you're having a great time living it up in the US of A.
The snowmen are still standing - JUST! as George is determined to kick their heads in (quote!).
Easter eggs are still intact but I'm not sure for how long.
I hope you decide to do the white water rafting. I can honestly say it was one of the scariest but best experiences of my life and I can definitely recommend it.
Must dash as some of us have work to do..........!
Eloise xx

parkerich on

Re: buenos dias asta la vista baby :-)

Thanks very much for your message, we´re enjoying hearing from people whilst we´re away. I hope George managed his anger and didn´t kick their heads in!!
In the end we went for the midway option and had a fantastic boat ride, part gentle, part white knuckle, finishing with going underneath a huge waterfall and getting absolutely soaked!! We really tried to keep our eyes open, but the water was so powerful, it was impossible!!
We´re now soaking up the sun in Montevideo and doing some much needed chilling on the beach.
I hope the snow has gone and that it´s warming up a bit now. We´ll try to send you some of the warm sunshine from here - there´s no shortage!!
I hope the boys and Nigel are all okay and not getting into too much mischief!!
Lots of love,
Carmen and Pablo xxx

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