Arrived in Buenos Aires knackered after another night bus. The taxi prices were well over the top so tired as we were the metro was easy to work out. The first hostel we looked at in San Telmo was cheap but nasty. After a few more hostels ended up in a nice hotel that was the cheapest and best of the places we looked at. The first day just outside the hotel was a huge antiques fair it was packed as it has world famous status. Nice to wonder around but nothing we liked or nothing we could afford.
Next day we headed into the centre of town saw the pink palace where Evita wowed the crowds. Went into the little museum there but the interesting parts were closed. Tried to go into a differnet museum but it was closed turns out monday is not a good day to go to museums. Still got a good feel for the town wondering around. That night we bumped into a guy in the hotel from our wine tour in Mendoza. So we decided to go out and have a drink he was meeting another girl from the wine tour who lived in BA. We went to a very british type pub the beer was good and Keeley got to drink cider. They left after a couple, me and keeley stayed for another then headed back. Had problems unlocking the gate to the hotel ended up leaping over it. Another guy from the hotel showed us how to work the door and invited us out for another drink. So off we went out again. One of the bars we went to we tried to leave without paying (not intentionally) the guys were adament we had paid I was not convinced. The waitress ended up running after us. How embarrasing!
The next day predictably as I think we got back about 5 (which is early in BA) we did not get much done. Seen a little more of San Telmo and the local park. Got a good nights sleep and next day headed to the ecological reserve a marshy wetland between the city and the sea. It was nice to be so near the city but to feel so far removed a chilled out day.
Next day we headed to Recoleta a posh district and home of the Cementerio de la Recoleta. The cementry is lots and lots of ornate tombs not that impressed prefer a nice graveyard seems more natural. We took the obligatory picture of Evita´s tomb and left. Walking to the Art gallery we saw several professional dog walkers with up to a dozen dogs. The art gallery was good especially the exhibit on Korean modern art there is some strange people in Korea. Loved all the Koreans dressed in Burbury what a bunch of chavs. Also went to a park which had an impressive giant metal flower would of been good to see it at night when it closes. In the evening we went out again and again made it back around five. Did manage to get up around lunch time and walked through the ecological reserve to the ferry port and bought tickets for our boat to Uruguay. Walked back through the renovated dock area of Puerto Madero nice resturants but a bit pricey for us. Our budget involves cooking pasta and rice alternatively.
Just about managed to get up early and headed out to Palermo an area of BA full of parks. Unfortunatley we had picked a cold day. We did go into the Zoo which was good. Keeley did keep commenting on the animals we had seen in the wild. We had not however seen either Rhinos or hippos so far in our travels, have to get to Africa soon. The bear was walking around in circles Keeley felt it was going mad because it was trapped in a cage. That night we went out again with our wine tour freinds I had a very nice steak. We then went to a bar to play a few games of chess before heading to yet another bar. So yes back late up late very little done the next day. Then next day we were up early for our boat to Uruguay, left the hotel about 7am most of the bars were just closing. The boat to Uruaguay did provide us with some pictures of BA as we seemed to have forgotten to take very many during our exploration of the place.