Before I go any further, a comment about the mapping facility on this blog... not sure what's going on but we can't map anything in Argentina... I don't know if it's restricted or Google don't have a licence or what... so basically I´m guessing where I "pin the tail on the donkey" when trying to place our locations!
p.s. I also noticed a town called "Fray Bentos" in Uruguay on the south west border with Argentina... how wierd is that? For my friends outside of the UK who may not know, Fray Bentos is a brand of mass manufactured tinned meat products and pies!
Having arrived in BsAs, we then decided to only spend 2 nights here before heading off to Cordoba and Bariloche (then make another stop in BsAs before our trip to Peru).
First thing was a quick walk around and photos of a few sights... Placa San Martin, the Obelisk etc. Then, having realised that Geoff & Lexa, who we met at the Iguacu Falls, would be burning a day in BsAs on the Tuesday, we emailed and arranged to meet at Congress for a tour (more about the Congreso tours later!).
We hit a parilla (bbq meat restaurant) the first night and I had a double tenderloin steak. Good grief, what a lot of meat! Jo played safer and had one steak. Outside the parilla I had my photo taken next to the stuffed cow... I'm quite upset it didn't come out very well!
It was great food, but unfortunately I ended the night ill in the hotel room... not the fault of the meat I hasten to add. Anyway, this effectively wiped out the next day for me and I slept until the afternoon while Jo went off for a walk. Jo had offered to buy some water for me, so you can imagine my surprise when she re-appeared with a bottle of 96% proof medical alchohol. She claims it was next to the cash desk in the farmacia and she just grabbed it before paying... luckily when she tried to drink it, the bottle was sealed!
Well, I felt much better the next day so we booked an overnight bus to Cordoba for later, checked out and went to meet Geoff & Lexa for a tour of Congress.
Impressive building, not very impressive administration of their tours. One office told us that there was only an English tour at 5pm... another office said English tours at 11am and 4pm. The 11am tour was cancelled. The four of us went off for a cuppa, a walk, a nice lunch in San Telmo and returned for the 4pm tour. It was cancelled as the tour guide was ill. We might try again when we return... I was not impressed!
So then we visited an art museum and another cuppa! Very civilized in BsAs you know.
The bus to Cordoba was excellent... massive comfy leather seats that almost went flat with support for legs too. We were told to expect the air conditioning on full blast so dressed accordingly... so you can imagine our surprise when the heating was on full blast all night! Only niggle was that we expected food and got nada. So we slept all the way instead...