A tour from Jose and steak time!

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

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

On Thursday we met up with Jose (Joe) from home who has been teaching English over here for over a year now. It was great meeting up with someone from home and been shown first hand the city and also getting some great advice.  Joe was looking well smart in his teacher gear as he had a class later in the day compared to us two backpackers!!! 

Went for a drink with Joe to get the rundown on the city and then he took us down to Puerto Madero (the marina area) which was near a lot of businesses and seemed a very wealthy area of Buenos Aires-it was class down there.  On route we passed a street called ´9th of July´ and it is apparently the widest road in the world (previously was Champs Elysee in Paris) so that was an interesting fact on route!! After a handy enough walk down to the water area we began to get the munchies so Joe suggested to try a steak sandwich which are sold in roadside kiosks. They were simply incredible. For 8 pesos which is about 1.50 euro we got a roll with beef in it-unreal.  Next to kiosk was a table full of salads and sauces to top into the roll-it was so good that myself and Joe went halves on another one!!  Joe is a regular here as he is known as Jose by the owners-it was gas!  Next up was down to the wildlife park for a walk around it- Joe certainly knew how to walk the legs off us by this stage  :-)  We were knackered by end of it but it was great to get down to quiet area of city and get some fresh air as the city itself can be mental and very crowded.  After a breakdown on events at home for Joe (which were minimal as always) we parted ways as Joe had class to teach.  From here we visited the Presidential house where the president stays when in town - impressive enough. Next we headed for a look in town and to get a charger for our camera as a certain someone left our charger behind in Sao Paolo for the camera so we either have to get new camera or charger for current camera. (ah it could happen anyone I know!) We got a charger type thingy from a shop but we`ve charged it over night and it doesn't seem to work- its meant for mobile phones anyway so I think they may be a dodgy crowd even though it's a kodak shop-we had to wait while one of them ran to another shop to get a more powerful charger but we think he just ended up giving us the same type that they already had so we're going to go back and try and get our money back!
BA is crowded with people and shops but it's a really good vibe here and seems a classy city.
Last night we went for dinner in a steak restaurant called Don Julio (first time to a proper restaurant while here) which was recommended by Joe and from Paul and Brenda who we met in Iguazu. It was really a treat as the meat was just incredible-usually we wouldn't be lovers of steak but for me its defo changing my views on it-it was like slicing butter with a knife and was so tasty it was unreal and the prices are so cheap compared to home. We had 2 big steaks, chips and veg and 2 cokes for just over 20 euro between us and this would be an expensive restaurant-cant wait to try other places for steak while here-we are meeting up with the gang from Dublin tonight for a meal and drinks in another restaurant that was recommended by many people so looking forward to that. We may as well eat well while here as its the main city in the world for steak!

Just a quick note on dogs over here which are all over South America it seems (for the dog lovers)

1) In Buenos Aires there are people called ´dog walkers´. Their job is basically walk about 10 dogs at once through the streets, its comical. We will put picture up when we can. We had heard of it on lonely planet but seeing it is so funny. It must be the only exercise they get as not many greens here- so people pay to get their dogs walked and they are so well behaved. You would be walking along a street and see a dogwalker with about 10 big sized dogs all around him.
2) Today we saw a dog dressed up-not like at home where you see the occasional jacket on a dog but these 2 poor dogs had not only a jacket on but also a pair of jeans for the male dog and a mini skirt/shorts for the female (again we have pic and will put it up). It looked terrible on the poor things.

3) Finally and unfortunately we don't have a pic of this one is something we saw walking home the other night. This shows just how well trained some of the dogs are here. A woman was out walking her big sized dog (like a greyhound in size and stature) He stopped by a tree to do his business but instead of just doing it on the ground like most dogs, up goes his 2 front paws onto the tree in front of him and the owner places  a bag under his ass before he does his business. How well trained is that. It was gas-we just happened to be passing when we saw it and we looked at each other in amazement- couldnt imagine our dogs at home being so good!
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sharor on

Re: Divine Buenos Aires
Hi Pawel and Family!
How was the holiday back home in Poland? Ya having a great time over here. Finding it pretty easy travelling around at the moment - buses and facilities are really good but I guess the test will come when we hit Bolivia which is alot poorer - all part of the experience I guess! Hope all is good at home! Thx for comment!

amylomasney on

Hello from Eire!
wowie! that last dog you described is well impressive! i wonder could i get Buster to do that? Moved to Dub yesterday :) sound like ye're enjoying, all the talk of steak is making me hungry, might make a steak dish tonight ;) chat again soon. Enjoy! xx

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