Our free city tour

Trip Start Jun 11, 2008
Trip End May 14, 2009

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Kaixo Hostel Central

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

We didn't really do much this morning - just bummed around the hostel.

After lunch we boarded our 2pm bus for our free city tour. We thought that this just might be a free tour for everyone, but when we got on the bus, all the other people were paying out their 60 pesos! Bagged a deal.

The tour took us to the following places :
Retiro - this is where the main bus terminal is and some old style buildings.
Parque San Martin - We'd already been here, but it is a nice big park in the city centre.
The Big Flower - This is a huge mechanical flower that opens in the day and then as the sun goes down, automatically closes....allegedly.
The Japanese Garden - It's a garden...but no shed!
The Planeterium - I just kept thinking os Cartmen in South Park.
The National Library - Nice old building filled with.....well, I'll let you guess!
Recoleta Cemetery - Loads of huge weathly family shrines. We didn't get chance to go in the cemetery, so we will probably come back and do this when we go to the Evita museum next week.
Avenue 9 de Julio - Claims to be the World's widest avenue, and to be fair it is wider than most streets are long. Only thing is, it is actually three streets in one, so it's not a single wide avenue! Blummin' Argies cheating again....I wonder if Maradona was involved somehow!!
The Colon Theatre - Old theatre building.
The Obelisco - Big spike in the middle of Avenue 9 de Julio.
Plaza de Mayo & Casa Rosada - Already seen these, but was nice to chill in the square for 20 minutes.
Parque Lazama - Where Buenos Aires was allegedly first created.
La Boca - Dodgy, but colourful suburb of Buenos Aires.
Boca Juniors Football Stadium - 65,000 seater home of Boca Juniors. All in yellow & blue - reminds me of the mighty Stags. Checked out the club shop, but I am more tempted into buying a River Plate shirt. Anyhow, Maradona used to play for Boca so I don't want any connections there!
Caminito - Former derelict area that is now a colourful artists haven and lined with many Tango Café's with free shows.
Dockside Slums - Area of Buenos Aires usually hidden. A full on non tax paying shanty town area. Probably extremely intimidating at night.
Puerto Madero - The posh restaurant side of the docks.

The tour then finished around 6pm. We got dropped off at the supermarket to grab some stuff for dinner tonight.
Lorna knocked up a chilli con carne, with extra chilli's and peppers, for dinner and it was lovely.....and hot! Nice.

We then sat having a beer with some of the others in the common room - Nick from San Francisco, James from York, Karin from Sydney and Polina from New York.
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