Our visit to BA

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Flag of Argentina  , Capital Federal District,
Thursday, October 18, 2012

Our hostel in Buenos Aires was really impressive. It seemed more like an apartment after we moved around furniture, leaving Clare and Eoin S upstairs and myself and Eoin M downstairs. It was a converted mansion and had a New York feel about it. The hostel was a great social hub which turned into a nightclub every second night. After getting our stuff settled in the hostel, we went for a stroll around the city taking in all the famous buildings and museums including the Presidential Palace famous for the scene from the film Evita where Madonna sings "Don't cry for me Argentina". Off course, myself and Clare were going around singing it for the next few days. That night, the lads reluctantly took part in a Tango class which was great fun. Eoin kept giving out to me for not putting my arms in the right place. He was definetely taking it the most serious! After learning each segment of the dance, we had to perform in pairs infront of the whole group of 30 and the rest of the pub. Very funny! After tango, we went for a few drinks in the hostel. Here we met the 3 Irish lads from Foz de Iguazu and also another 3 Irish. Great night all round. Day 2, time for more sight seeing. We hopped on a bus to Relocata Cemetry where we visited the grave of Evita. This was one of the least impressive monuments in the graveyard compared to most of the other graves there including an Irish priest who was buried in the centre of the graveyard. His, like many others consisted of a small house made of marbel, surrounded by statues. In alot of other graves, you could see the coffins through glass windows which we found very eerie. Having grabbed lunch, it started raining so we headed back to the hostel. That night we went for steak in a local restaurant, The lads were hoping to get one of the massive steaks people were talking about but this did not happen. We will track one down yet before we leave Argentina! After the restaurtant, we came back to the hostel which had been turned into a nightclub. Dj, light show, the works. Sure, we had to join in! When the music stopped at 2, a gang of us went down to a well known area-Palermo for more drinks. Clare and myself were turned away from the nightclub as we had flip flops on (classy birds) so we stayed in a late bar. The next day, we took a bus to the Boca area, where Boca Juniors (football team) stadium is. We were trying to suss out cheap tickets for the game the next night as our hostel was trying to charge us 95euros each to go through them as part of a tour. The Boca area was really colourful and fun. Lots of people around and plenty tango music. During lunch, we reluctantly watched a tango show which was absolutely terrible and which didn`t do the real stuff any justice! After a good day, again back to the hostel where we got ready for our last night out in BA. Also, Eoin made us a gorgeous bbq beef dinner. We went to the same area as the night before for drinks but managed to get into the nightclub this time. The music was brilliant and everybody really got into it. On the Sunday, we slept in until 2pm after being out until 7am that morning. While most people decided to shell out for the Boca game, we decided to head to the bus station to look into our travels for the next day. We were really glad we didn`t go to the game as the weather was terrible (thunder and lightning) and everyone came back soaked after a disappointing 0-0 draw. Also, other lads we knew got tickets off a tout outside the stadium for about 15euros. We were all so wrecked that night, we decided to stay in and pack our bags. We were treated to Barrys tea and biscuits by one of the lads from Limerick. A thing we noticed about BA is that its a gorgeous modern city full of protests. There seemed to be a different protest every day. Entertaining for us but not for the locals. The next day, we hung around until 1 o clock, said our good byes and headed to the bus station for our 22 hour trip to Bariloche!
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