Buenos Aires - Day 2

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Nov 04, 2008

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Our second day around Buenos Aires had 2 very recommendable visits:

- Cementerio Chacarita: with huge Mausoleums, a little town to itself. Some famous ones, General Peron and Carlos Gardel.

- San Telmo: old colonial buildings and lots of little shops and restaurants and terraces.

The good thing about the cafeterias in Argentina (also in Chile) are the newspapers available. They normally have 2 or 3 different ones plus quite a few magazines, so it is great for a stop and a read.

A few interesting or different pieces of news in Argentina this week:
- Lots on President Cristina Kirchener (wife of the ex President) who they just call "Cristina". A magazine has analysed her work days and apparently the earliest she has ever arrived to the office is at 4.30pm, and has only gone into the office 34 out of the 60 days she has been in power. The rest of the time has been travel and photo shoots...
- An 18 year old guy was invited to see the baptism ceremony of another friend in the river Reconquista and he drowned. A cruel ironism. Apparently it is forbidden to swim in the Reconquista as it is contaminated and has deep waters.
- There was a 50% increase in the sales of sex toys in Argentina in 2007. Not sure what this reflects on the economy of Argentina. I guess its worth comparing with other countries...not.

To end the night we went to the Theatre. We really wanted to enjoy some Tango without going to one of the tourist shows so decided on the theatre one "Tango Emotion". It was fantastic - 4 old men playing all the classics, a singer that was a Carlos Gardel lookalike and 4 tango dancers. All one needs...

The rest we can actually see on the "24 hour Tango TV" (no joke) which is on the hotel TV.

One last comment on Argentina for today...its so difficult to pay things with Credit Cards here. They all want cash, and that can only mean that either they dont want to pay the added commissions of the cards, or that there is a large undeclared economy going on...
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