Watch out world the Barkers are coming!
Well one and all after my failed attempt of sending a bulk e-mail of Buenos Aires exploits I have decided to put it on the website instead, fingers crossed it is right this time! After settling in our hostel, which mostly consisted of people learning Spanish or studying and living in the hostel, which wasn't quite our scene but we get on pretty well just the two of us, so we were cool, we set out for the shops of Buenos Aires. Kidding ourselves that we should get everything we need here as the equlivalent is so much more expensive elsewhere. This although true means we will have to work extra hard in Adz! The second day we headed out to Recollect, an expensive part of town, steaped in local history, very rich people and their stupid dogs, and beautiful European houses on tree lined streets, in fact nearly all of the city is like that, with busy roads and small pavements. In Recollect we visited the Recollect cemetary, famous for guess who's grave...yep you guessed it Evita, who else. Surprisingly it was in the family vault and not half as ornate or enormous as some of them. The place was like a village, 4,600 tombs, and most had around 4 people in them. All from extremely wealthy families, military, politics or the arts. Very creepy, especially as there were a lot of cats around?! Next we visited the cultural centre in a beautiful old building with many exhibitions, although we could only manage two, it takes it out of you all this grown up stuff, I guess we will grow into it. The exhibition which we enjoyed was of South American architecture, designed by a few architects from the past and present, some buildings made but most not, in all their stages from basic to models to photos of the final building. That night we treated ourselves to a disgusting bottle of cheap whisky to get us going and went to down town Buenos Aires for a rave to a great Drum and Bass night. Unfortunately I was a little drunk and made a fool of myself, dancing like an idiot and talking to strangers, (poor Dave I don't know how he puts up with me sometimes!), luckily I don't remember a thing! The day after the terrible hangover we went with a tour to see River Plate versus San Lorenzo at the River Plate stadium, which can seat 66,000!!! I think at least Â¾ were full mostly with the Ultras (luckily no where near us, as they have a terrible reputation of carrying guns!). They were amazing to watch with their drums and flags, both sides sung non stop throughout. I don't know how San Lorenzo kept going as they lost 5-1!!!! Vamos River!!!! Such good fun, the atmosphere was amazing! The times of the bus gave us another day in the city and we caught the local bus to Boca, where there is an artisan quarter with brightly primary colored buildings, and artists selling their beautiful pictures. Here we sat eating delicious food outside in the heat watching a Tango show outside the restaurant. A lovely dance very slow, (may have been the space they had), by amazing dancers. No we didn't give it a go, but there is a very sexy photo of Dave in a Tango hat holding the very sexy lady dancer! After leaving the sweltering city, it must have been easily 30degrees, we traveled another 24 hours to Barriloche, high in the Lake District on the border of Chile, beautiful snowy mountains, lakes and pine forest, we could be in Switzerland! It is very wet but no snow, and tomorrow we are braving level 3 and 4 white water rafting. Never done it before either, crazy fools!!! Anyway onto to dinner, maybe another bottle of great red wine and a juicy steak!! Don't worry it's about 11 pounds in total! Lots of love to all. X El