Leaving Buenos Aires for the pampas

Trip Start Sep 22, 2007
Trip End Nov 10, 2007

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

We leave Buenos Aires after only 2 days. We figure that we will have more time here before our flight back home in November.

During our last day we walk around the city to a couple of sites which all remind me of how prosperous Argentina once was. We walk through the embassy area where there are plenty of splendid buildings and designer shops. We reach Recoleta and visit the famous cemetry. John with his good sense of direction finds Eva Pironīs tomb within a few minutes. The cemetry is very quiet with very few tourists in this early part of the season and we wander around the different marble mausoleums peering into their windows. After a fantastic lunch in one of the nearby restaurants where we have carpaccio, chicken kebabs, ice cream and fizzy water for 25 Pesos (4 pounds each) we cross several lanes of traffic to reach the Musuem of Belles Artes. Parts of the museum are closed which reminds me of my previous visit, however there is still a diverse collection of fine paintings from all over the world. It is suprising to see priceless work from Holland, France, Spain, Italy, Japan and Argentina under one roof.

By nightfall we return by Metro to the seedy bus terminal and eventually find Fletcha bus who will take us to Mercedes. The leather cama seats are wider than the first class seats found on aeroplanes and I wish that all travel could be so comfortable. I close my eyes to see Buenos Aires, bustling with night activity. I wake at 5am, and in my half asleep mode, dream of driving through miles of endless pampa lands covered by a fine layer of mist.

By 7am we arrive at Mercedes. Despite the flashy name, Mercedes is a small dusty town that feels a million miles away from anywhere. We walk past school children heading to class and find information at the HI hostel, Delicias del Ibera.
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