Buenos Aires - Day 5 and goodbye

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

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Not too many photographs of Buenos Aires for this day, actually most of the ones we have included are from the ferry back from Colonia (Uruguay) yesterday.

The trip back was fun. We didnt manage to get a ticket on the fast ferry which only takes 1 hour so we returned on the 3 hour one. By error we went into the First Class lounge and did most of the trip there (we only realised when we left it...) - sadly no free bar or peanuts :-(

The best part was the on board entertainment of "Salsa Classes" which became into a amateur dancing competition. Fun to watch...embarrasing to participate!

Our last day in Buenos Aires we spent walking around - at the speed of a sloth given the 35 plus degrees and the intense humidity. The walk was around the Recoleta neighbourhood, where most embassies are and a great number of large parks (including the Japanese Gardens which we had a relaxing stroll around).

We finally took all our stuff to the Retiro Bus Station to catch the bus to Paraguay. This time we decide to go "luxury" class and invested 4 additional Euros in a "Cama" (bed seat).

The extra money was well worth it as it is similar to a Business Class seat on a plane, and there are only 12 people on the lower floor of the bus, with the top floor having all the screaming children, people walking around, mobiles, etc. In any case the trip was $150 argentian pesos (around euro 30) for a 18 hour trip.

The ride includes (as stated by the ticket seller) "Dinner and Breakfast"! It couldnt get better (until we saw the dinner and breakfast - see picture - all packaged in one). No problem...a short diet was necessary...What we have noticed is that sandwiches here are always without the crust on the exterior...they really dont like it. We have also dectected a "niche" for German Pumpernikel bread - not be found anywhere...perhaps a business for the future!
On the timing side...we booked our trip with "El Rapido Argentino" (The Argentinian Fast one), which managed to arrive at Buenos Aires one and half hours late! Apparently its not too usual as the rest of passengers where protesting all the time. The chaos at the Retiro Bus Station (especially on a Friday night) did not help, nor did the heat.
The "international border" at the station was quite a joke. Being Europeans we followed the signs "International Terminal" and passed a police check of passports. All the rest just went out of the National Terminal and popped over a parking spot to get to it. No control there...
When we finally made it on board, for the first time we were the only non Latin Americans (at least physically) on the bus...Paraguay promises to be different to the normal tourist routes.

A final note of good news for the future - our German friend Stefan will be joining us at Costa Rica end of May to celebrate his 40th birthday!
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