Last night, I met up with Hector... a fellow RTW traveller whose, like Steve from Bath, UK, one of the best travelogues I relied upon in planning my own trip. Hector┤s oustanding travelblog can be accessed at www.hectoryague.com and I highly recommend it for my readers planning RTW trips. In addition, I suggest RTW travellers get in touch with him for another perspective given that he, like me, loves to chat about all aspects of the pre-planning, during and after RTW travelling experience
. It gives another perspective of things to do and not do do, albeit at a lower budget than what I┤ve done. Hector is living here in Buenos Aires for around 6 months, after spending 12 months living and working in Paris. I envy his job of being his own online currency trader for he can work anywhere in the world, and has chosen Buenos Aires for a whole host of reasons. Rent is cheap here... Hector is paying around $US50 a week to share with one other guy. Like I did with Steve, I found it refreshing and totally enjoyable to speak to a fellow RTW traveller. Two suggestions made by Hector that I want to act on when I get home include putting a pin for every country I┤ve ever travelled to on a world map, along with developing a photo based mural of my best 50 pics. It will be hard work choosing these given I┤ve recorded close to 2000 on this website.
Hector and I had drinks in Palermo... Plaza de Serrano to be exact. This is one of the most happening bar areas in Buenos Aires... hard work finding a table so I recommend getting there early. The nightlife starts late here... we met up for drinks at 11pm, after calling it a night at 3.30. Sleep is pretty much of a rare commodity at this time of my trip. I definitely want to make the most of my last night, being Saturday night here in Buenos Aires.
Today I visited two main touristy areas..
. Recoleta and La Boca. La Boca was definitely my favourite area with a wide array of colourful buildings, friendly local entertainers, great and cheap food, and lots of souvenirs. Definitely one of my favourite areas visited here. Before this, I visited Recoleta mainly for the purpose of visiting Eva Peron ╔vita┤s gravesite at Cementario de la Recoleta. My god, I couldn┤t believe the grandeur of the gravesites... of Argentina┤s most elite people of the past including government officials, presidents, artists etc. Unfortunately, the names meant nothing to me but I enjoyed looking at the different types of graves. Oh, by the way, for those who don┤t know, Evita is Argentina┤s most famous woman ever... from the 1940s. Died at 33, maried to the president of the time. She gave speeches etc. from the balcony of the royal palace in Plaza De Mayo.
I┤m glad I┤ve got my own room to myself for this tour to Rio, but to tell you the truth, I don┤t like the one-sided gender of the group. All of them are female except me. There is a group of three Norwegian girls, a group of two Irish women, one New Zealand girl (who is probably my favourite so far) and the leader from Ecuador. Makes me miss my last group even more... we┤ll see how it goes!!!!!! I would of liked to have had a few guys to travel with.
Anyway, we are off to Colonia, Uruguay tomorrow for some scooting around the city.
I┤ve tried to squeeze in as much as possible in what has been a very busy last day here in Buenos Aires... and I┤m glad I did because I┤ve seen some of the best that Buenos Aires has to offer. I┤m feeling more comfortable with the city, and feel I know enough to get by, including... Gab, you┤ll like this... getting around in public buses! Yes, I managed to get the number 64 from La Boca back to Avenida De Mayo for just .8 of a peso ($AUD0.40). Beats paying out the $6 or so for the taxi ride.