Tango city

Trip Start Jun 26, 2005
Trip End Apr 10, 2006

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Monday, October 31, 2005

Coming back into Argentina and BA by boat was very pretty at night. BA is a very lively place and quite nice for a big city.

Having wandered around the city there were a few sights of note: Evitaīs balcony, of course, a miniature Big Ben (weird), fake plastic oranges on trees (even weirder), an obelisk and of course the usual variety of men on horses statues. As you can imagine there were other sights to see but I could not face anymore plazas, churches and the like. Caz convinced me to go the zoo. This trip confirmed that I really do not enjoy seeing animals all couped up. In addition having now seen so many animals and fishes in the wild, seeing them in a zoo is just a let down. Ooh nearly forgot, the gardens next to the zoo were very strange, we only walked past one tiny bit of garden and there were at least 30 domestic cats all curled up asleep next to each other..it was a very odd sight.

Whilst in BA we took in a tango show which was cool. Actually whilst pottering around the colourful market near to our hostel there were several buskers dancing tango in the street. There were also musicians, puppeteers and those people that pose in different positions and stand still for ages. My favourite were the couple in the photo `a tad windy`. It was great fun seeing them all and a fab atmosphere.

Interesting food things to note: if you order a coffee you also receive a small glass of fizzy water, the cakes are huge, the sandwiches come without crusts, "miga" (how great is that given still I am not huge fan of crusts), latin america does the best sweet popcorn ever, otherwise the food is still very bland in many places...I have yet to discover how they manage to make food so tasteless in south america, brown bread is actually sweet here and yes I still donīt understand these new menus yet.

Actually, whilst having a tasteless, crustless sandwich, I was lucky enough to view the interesting parking of a lady (it would have to be wouldnīt it.) Anyway, she drove into a space and hit the car in front of her. It then took her a couple of minutes to reverse out of the space before pulling back in and hitting the car in front once more. At this point she decided she had parked wonderfully and so got out of her car and headed off!!

What else, well of course I went to the cinema (Zorro sucks), got lost several times and tested out the local pubs and clubs...the Argentian wine is very good. I also took a day trip to nearby Tigre which is just beautiful. The area is made up of little islands surrounded by rivers, almost like canals. The houses were gorgeous and the gardens well manicured as they led down to their private launch. I could have been in Europe it was just that sort of style.

On another subject the begging in South America is very different to the UK. You do not see many people on the streets just sitting down. It is much more active. They (usually children) come up to you and ask for money directly. If you say no they often hang around you for a while and ask you a few more zillion times. Apart from this you also get a lot of people coming onto buses, trains and so forth telling their tale of woe and then walking around collecting money. Otherwise they hand out little scraps of paper with a story on and then collect money. On trains, buses and malls you also have people hand you a card, bracelet, sweet etc and then they re-circulate either collecting the money or the item they handed you. It is very disheartening as I see it almost on a daily basis. However, on the positive side I do see many physically disabled people walking around and working.

Tomorrow (at about 3.30 am) I am getting up and heading south to the land of the glaciers...surely they will have heating(?).

p.s. If anybody is interested it seems that only children from the UK had to endure `tracing paperī toilet paper. Due to the lack of toilet paper over here, or often the poor quality of it, several discussions with other people have been had on the subject (unsure how it ever comes up but still), anyway it just us folks, they all had normal paper in their schools and public conveniences!
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