Big city nights.

Trip Start Oct 06, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, June 13, 2005

It's soon time for me to move on again, after almost two weeks in Buenos Aires. Next stop is Uruguay for a few days, before I head back into Argentina. I have had a really good time in Buenos Aires, how can you not have good time here? But since I have spent the last six weeks or so in big cities (Santiago, Mendoza and Buenos Aires), and also since my next couple of stops are big cities (Montevideo and probably Córdoba), I feel it's about time to start make my way towards Bolvia and some more adventure, probably stopping by Tucuman and Salta in north-western Argentina as well as Atacama in northern Chile on the way. Well, that's the current plan anyway, but as we have seen before, my plans are somewhat loose, so don't be surprised if they change over the next few weeks.

Except for partying a lot (hmm, I feel that many of my last entries somehow involve parties), I haven't really done that much in Buenos Aires. Mainly I have been a lazy tourist. Waking up late and going to bed early (in the morning that is), having breakfast, and then just walking around this amazing city taking in the different sights and neighborhoods. Like ritzy Recoleta (including Recoleta Cemetery of course), Puerto Madero, Palermo (including Rosedal and the Japanese Garden among others), San Telmo and La Boca. I have rented bicycles and criss-crossed the city several times, as well as stopped by Thai and Indian restaurants in the evenings. Man, have I been missing Oriental food. From my time living in the UK and US, I used to eat out almost every evening, and up to several times a week my choice would be a Thai or Indian restaurant. So it feels good to be in a cosmopolitan city like Buenos Aires, where you find lots of international cuisine. There's nothing wrong with the food in Argentina (except that they seem to be afraid of spices or sometimes even sauces), but I wouldn't mind a bit more variation. And then Thai and Indian food are my two absolute favorites.

If you are looking for a place to go on your next vacation (I know it's unlikely, as most people have a long list of dream destinations), then can I recommend Argentina? It's a fantastic country, it's very cheap at the moment, it's safe and people are friendly. For example, start or finish in Buenos Aires for a few days. Just wander around the city, go to a theater or tango show, eat cheap but superb food and party to dawn and beyond (check out Milion and Gran Bar Danzon for vine or cocktails, and then Opera Bay for probably the hippest club in town). Then make your way up to Iguazu Falls (a memory for a lifetime) before you visit southern Patagonia (Ushuaia, El Calafate and El Chalten) and Bariloche in the Lake District. Top it off with some world-class vine tasting in pleasant Mendoza, or keep going north to Salta. Flying within Argentina is relatively cheap, so I think I can guarantee you a top holiday. Go and book it now!

Tomorrow I am "heading out to sea". It's an one hour catamaran ride across Rio de la Plata (the widest river/estuary in the world) to my next pitstop, Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay. I'll probably only stay a couple of days, before I'll check out Montevideo, the capital city. And then it's back to Argentina as I said, and I like it!
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