Scratching the surface of Argentina
Trip Start Nov 07, 2006
54Trip End Apr 26, 2007
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The buildings vary from those of a hundred years or more to those under construction, they all sit side by side, rich and poor, large and small, dilapidated and new, just like the people, well heeled and down and outs, beggars and rich working folk, it is a place of complete contrasts that literally live side by side. The edges of these towns have similar contrasts in that you hit one suburb that is a no go area and the poverty is frightening and then a wealthy one where the houses sit stately behind large guarded walls or the pricey high rise apartments have armed security guards on duty. It really is a different world.
Every where we have been the people are friendly and helpful and quite happy to talk and try out the little English they learned at school, quite a few are fluent and talk easily about anything, the fellows are happy to talk football.
Transport--Long distant coaches are great, fast, smooth and cheap at about a pound an hour. They have several classes of coach.
Hostels/hotels--As varied as any country, mainly clean (some exceptions) and cost from 5 to 25 pounds a night, thats a hostel to a 4 star.
Food-- Take advantage of their steaks, big, juicy and cheap. Vegetarian is available if you must! General prices about half or even a third of those in the UK.
Wine, beer or coffee-- Wonderful, plentiful and very, very cheap.
Thats my view after three weeks, it really is great.
Next time I write I will try to tell you of the wonderful experiences of my attempts to converse in Spanish, thank goodness for their schooling in English.
Keep up with the womblings so I know someone is listening, Thanks, Peter.