Buenos Aires, Argentina

Trip Start Oct 02, 2007
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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Don´t cry for me Argentina!! We are in Buenos Aires and we are loving it! What´s not to love in this place. The food is cheap, the people are friendly, the weather is nice and the wine is even better. We have eaten our fair share of steak while we have been here, we are viewing it as helping the economy. And there is a lot of steak. And it´s good steak. Great steak. You cannot get a bad steak.You can see in one of the pictures that we didn´t order that well at lunchtime today, however. That plate of what looks like meat is not meat at all. It is offal. Kidneys, bone marrow sausages... it was disgusting. Even John struggled to eat much of it. Ha ha, one bad order out of three weeks of travelling in countries where we don´t speak the language aint bad.

We attended another futball match here in BA, and let me tell you, it is world´s apart from what we considered the ¨madness¨of Brasil. Here it is on a whole other level. We went to watch Boca Juniors vs Estudiantes at La Boca stadium. Now I use the term stadium lightly. The stand where we sat in our tour group was positioned below the Estudiantes supporters. We happened to get the stadium quite early before the game, and luckily we got seats quite high up in the stand, covered by the stand above. Those who arrived later did not have such luck. They spent the entire game being urinated on by the fans. Urine is the only weapon you are allowed to take with youto the game, as they frisk everyone, and quite initmately before you are allowed to go inside. There were Policia everywhere, and after the game, we had to wait 30 minutes before the ¨tourists¨were allowed to leave, that allowed the police enough time to have the other supporters leave the area. Ha, like i said, whole other level. And we thought Collingwood supporters had issues...
We were lucky enough to attend the same game as Diego Maradona. We have it on good authority that that is him there in the picture. Zoom right in, he´s the guy in the white shirt and white hat.

When in Buenos Aires, you do as the locals, and therefore you watch Tango. We went to a Tango hall and watched an awesome Tango show. It literally was breathtaking. The dancing, the singing, the waiters dressed to the nines, the whole experience was like we had stepped back in time. Unfortunately we could not take any pictures because of the limited light and the rules, so you´ll just have to take our word for it :) They ended the show with ¨don´t cry for me argentina¨and it gave me goosebumps. John enjoyed it even more than me!!

We also walked around the Recoleta Cemetery for a long time. It is beyond words. The whole place is just filled with huge family crypts for Argentinian coffins. We had the customary look at the Evita grave, but that pailed in comparison to the others. You have to see this place to believe it. Opulence even in death. As we were trawling the streets admiring all of this, we stopped to look inside one, and unfortunately ¨got a whiff¨of one of the coffins. That was enough for us. Off to the pub we went to watch South Africa down the Poms.

Yesterday we just ¨ducked¨off to Uraguay for the day. This still seems so surreal for me, coming from a huge island in the middle of nowhere, and here you just take day trips to whole other countries. Unfortunately, John had forgotten the lyrics to the ¨National Anthem¨you had written Duncan, but he was still proud to be on the winning side... ha ha. We went to Colonia which is just a 50 minute ferry ride from BA. It is all in all, a very sleepy little coastal town. We spent about an hour looking at the sights, and then spent the rest of the day hooning around in our golf cart!! The JAG

We are off to Lima tomorrow morning for our Machu Piccu trek. Write back if you get the chance, we love hearing about what you guys are up to at home.

Love to all

T & J
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