A Sad Farewell to Latin America
Trip Start Aug 12, 2010
135Trip End Sep 23, 2011
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So after a gruelling 27 hour bus journey from Florianopolis, Brazil we arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina which would be our last stop in South America before heading off to Australasia. Once we arrived in Buenos Aires we took the underground to our hostel and had a much needed shower. We were very glad we had one when we did as moments later all the hostel’s water had been turned off! The hostel didn’t have a reason for this but ensured us that it should come back on within a few hours or so.
Buenos Aires is a huge metropolis and 3 times as big as London, holding 17 million people and a large Jewish community. The Jewish community is so big that there are Kosher McDonalds. The weather was scorching hot (30° c) so after watching United win 1-0 we went out to get something quick to eat as the hostel kitchen was disgusting and there was still no running water
The following morning we woke for a terrible breakfast and still no water, the toilets at this point were starting too smell real bad. Again we ventured out to the city centre visiting the stunning marine, parks and shopping areas of downtown. We really went in search for somewhere to eat the famous Argentinean Steak along with some great Red Wine from the Mendoza region. Being in the capital of Argentina we thought we would come across loads of Steakhouses and restaurants serving up meat on a wooden board, but they were actually few and far between.
But that night for the first time in a while we got to dine out and found somewhere that served some great tasting 400g Rib-Eye and a nice glass of Red Wine, happy times. Not really understanding the rest of the menu apart from Rib-eye we just randomly selected our starters. Mine was a mixed grill and at first sight I thought I had made a great choice, but after closer inspection we realised what it was. The mixed grill consisted of Cow’s ears and cheeks and Bull’s balls!!!!! These are not for the faint hearted and those with a weak stomach but after getting over the shock of what we were eating it was quite tasty, albeit very chewy. The ear was a little fatty and gristly as it is cartilage but the meat inside was quite nice
The next morning we woke and finally had water, after 48 hours without any! This was lucky as today we had our midnight flight to Auckland, New Zealand. When Hollie asked for compensation in the morning, we were well pleased as they coughed up two night‘s stay, basically paying for our meal the night before!
To round off 4 months of travelling so far we went to an intriguing restaurant we had walked past the day before. The menu was very interesting as it cooked many ethnic recipes and unusual combinations. Damn we were not disappointed!!! To round off a great meal and the best Red Wine I have ever tasted (even Hollie liked it so I jotted down its name and hope to buy it when home) we were advised to get the apple pie. OMG!!!! It is the best apple pie we have ever tasted in our lives, even after the huge portion we were given (see pictures) we could of eaten more until we were sick, simply gorgeous!!
On our way to the bus stop to catch the local bus to the airport Tom was a little lost and decided to use the Moon as a source of direction. This made Hollie laugh for the rest of the way as I compared myself to Jesus as I used the stars as a guide! Yep that’s right, Jesus!!! I told her that she wouldn’t laugh if we were lost in the middle of a desert or something and I managed to get us back by using the moon and stars. It was a funny moment though. After a 2 hour bus journey we arrived at the airport and checked in for our 2.20am flight. The flight itself was very very smooth and we were asleep even before take-off. However, the seats were very small and uncomfortable, the staff shabby but friendly enough, and the audio system rubbish. So after a 13 hour flight over 9 time zones we had managed to miss a day and arrived in Auckland on Friday morning.
Summary of the first 4 months of travelling
So after just over 4 months of Central and South America we were on our way to New Zealand
On our way we have seen some amazing scenery, stunning historical sights, completed awesome hikes, seen some great wildlife and aquatic animals, met a couple of very nice local people and kind fellow travellers. Over these 4 months we have taken over 50 buses, many of them overnight and cumulating to over 1000 hours of sitting in a squashed chair and being frozen to death by the gale force air conditioning!!! Many of the journeys were gruelling, especially the 27 hour bus journey from Brazil to Argentina, and the 25 hour back breaking “Death Train” from Bolivia to Brazil
See this video for highlights of both Brazil and Argentina - http://tripwow.tripadvisor.com/tripwow/ta-022c-586c-9f85?ln
All our love
Thomas and Hollie xxx