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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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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