17 hours bus journey to BA

Trip Start Jun 01, 2009
Trip End Dec 10, 2009

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Flag of Argentina  , Capital Federal District,
Thursday, June 18, 2009

There was no sign of champagne on the bus from Iguazu - very disappointing!  But the seats reclined into beds so we were very happy.  We also had our own screen to watch dvds and they showed Casino Royale and we hadnīt seen it so happy days!  The second movie was called Plane Dead.  It was basically a horror movie about vampire type mutants on a plane - it was disgusting so I had to turn it off.  What a bizarre choice though for a bus journey.  We got 2 little home made cakes and cup of sprite in the afternoon.  We got on the bus at 3.45pm and didnīt get fed dinner until 10pm - hello like, I was bloody starved.  We got crackers, ham, lettuce and a little roll and some custard dessert that tasted like vanilla ice cream I thought.  We thought that was the dinner and were gutted but they brought out ravioli and mince then which was okay - we were so hungry we ate it.  Next movie was Beverly Hills Chihuahua - it was actually really good!  I donīt know why Iīm so surprised at that because I love all those kind of movies!  That was over around 11 and we were tired so we both dozed off straight away.  An eye mask and ear plugs do the job for me.

We both woke early around 5 but drifted back to sleep until breakfast was served at around 8.15.  Breakie was okay - crackers again and vanilla biscuits and croissants and tea or coffee.  We got to Retiro bus station and made our way over to the metro station 2 blocks away and headed for Palermo which is a particular part of Buenos Aires which we were recommended to stay in.  A lot of the trendy bars, restaurants and boutiques are in this area so its a nice place to stay.  Ror navigated his way very well to our street and we found the hostel.  Our room wasnīt ready until 2pm so we left our backpacks in luggage room and decided to get our bearings.  We got lunch in a pizzeria and it was very tasty - we got the grande pizza and couldnīt finish it.

The hostel is quite nice - it is in a very old building.  There are some lovely features like stained glass windows and a big solid wooden door with big brass handles.  There is a small bar and a place to eat your meals and a kitchen to cook in but it is really missing a common room so its hard to meet the other travellers.  We signed up for a tango class also last night.  I wanted to try a lesson and the tour they offered was a lesson but also a trip to a milogna which is a tango dance club where all the locals go to dance.  We were a bit apprehensive about that part (Ror probably about a lot of it but he was a good sport because I wanted to do it).  We got a taxi to another HI hostel where it was to take place.  While we were waiting for the lesson we had some wine tasting - I do not like red wine but tried the Malbec and it was very tasty!  We met a lovely couple (Sarah and Joe) from UK who are also travelling around for 5 months so we were chatting away to them for the night.  There was about 20 people at the lesson and it was very good.  We got a demonstration first on how it should be done and then we got down to basics!  We spent about hour and half at the lesson and can now do the basic tango step!  We took a break and had dinner which was steak and salad - our first taste of the infamous Argentine beef and it was very tasty and that was cooked for 20 odd people so we could only imagine what it would be like in a restaurant.  After 12 we walked a few blocks to a nearby milogna.  It was basically a room like a dance hall and all the tables were in a circle around the dance floor and all the locals were showing us how it should be done.  Only then did I notice quite a lot of the couples were men dancing together - turns out it was a gay milogna!  Well those men have got rhythm!  It was interesting to see which man in the couple was playing the part of the īwomanī tango dancer!  We got up with Joe and Sarah for one dance to practice our new skill.  Apparently if you are not very good you dance in the centre of dance floor, if you are really good you dance on the outside so everyone at the tables can see you - well we stuck to the inside of dance floor!  It was a really good experience and as the saying goes `When in Rome...`  We met two other people from Brazil in the milogna who were hilarious so had some fun with them.  We all got a raffle ticket at the start of night.  Alot of our group left early so the organiser gave Ror a few tickets and didnīt one of them win first price which is a facial at a nice salon here in Buenos Aires so I am going to try and go on Saturday!  This is the life!!
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