The boys are back in town...

Trip Start Oct 06, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, June 5, 2005

... Well I am back in town at least. I know Buenos Aires from a previous visit, with my younger brother and two other close friends, back in 2002. When I left Buenos Aires back then, after a few hectic days involving lots of partying, dining and shopping, I knew I would come back one day to see more of this great city. If I said I could easily live in Mendoza, then what about Buenos Aires? Modt definitively, it's an amazing city. For sure one of my favorite cities in the entire world. There's so much to do and see in Buenos Aires, it's hard to know where to start. And I guess that's the only frustrating thing about arriving in a big city, if you don't know anyone or if you are not entirely familiar with the place. Where is the best area to stay, the most hopping nightlife or the hippest restaurants? If you are only staying a few days, you will just have to take a chance, surf the Internet, trust a guide book (if you do, the place could be good or just as well absolutely crap) or ask some locals who know the city. When I was here in 2002, me and my friends asked some locals about the best club in town, and they gave us a name. Turned out that the place was a huge gay venue. Nothing wrong with that, but not really what we were looking for that night. So if you are looking for a good nightspot in an unfamiliar city, you may end up wasting a couple of days before you find a place you really like. But that's not a big problem here, where there's something going on more or less every day. It's not like you have to wait until the next weekend before the city wakes up again.

I arrive in Buenos Aires on a Friday morning, after spending 14 hours on a night bus from Mendoza. That same night I go to familiar restaurants, pubs and bars in Recoleta and Barrio Norte, places I know from my last time here. I meet a few friendly people and have a great night out. The next evening I decide to be more adventurous. I try out some bars in Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood, before taking a taxi to a club I got recommended by another backpacker. But it turns out that there's at least three places in town with the same name (Buenos Aires is huge after all). First I am taken to a fancy restaurant. When I figure out that it must be the wrong place, another taxi driver takes me to a biker club out in one of the suburbs. Wrong place again, as I look kind of misplaced, even with my bold (bald) head. The third taxi driver takes me to the correct place, it's back in Palermo. He is a friendly guy who speaks a bit of English, and his first question to me is what "You don't have to put on the red light" in the song Roxanne mean? There's Tango on the radio, so I am not sure where he got it from. Anyway, I guess it's a question as good as any. He drops me off outside the club, and I find the place closed. We don't open before 2AM a bouncer tells me. Great, that's another 45 minutes. I am still not quite used to places that open at the same time when people head home in many other countries. I come back around 2:30AM, and find the places crowded with teenagers dancing electronica. I forgot that the guy who recommended the place to me was only about 20, or maybe I forgot that I'm 35 and probably too old to go clubbing three days in a row. So I only stay for 10 minutes before I head back to a familiar bar in Recoleta. They are showing the world cup qualifier between Norway and Italy. The game ends 0-0. It's about 4:30AM before I head home that night. Maybe not the most successful night on the town, but I am sure there will be more opportunities. Maybe tomorrow is another big city night, it's Sunday after all.

... You know that chick that used to dance a lot. Every night she'd be on the floor shaking what she'd got. Man when I tell you she was cool, she was red hot, I mean she was steaming. - The Boys Are Back In Town - Thin Lizzy.
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