Hola! and greetings from Buenos Aires. The more observant amongst you will notice that the accompanying picture is of La Paz, rather than Buenos Aires. There isn't a picture of Buenos Aires on this site, strangely. Anyway.
Buenos Aires is a big city with wide streets - the widest being about 12 lanes wide - 6 lanes of traffic going in each direction - that's the biggest but most of their streets are much wider than you'd find in most cities.
Cars? Well, fans of Renaults are well catered for: 9's; 11's; 12's; 18's; 19's and 21's in addition to current models, obviously. The only other place i know where you can still see Renault 12's is in Turkey - where there's a preposterous number. They even have Hillman Avengers here - renamed Dodge (but ought to be Dodgy). Peugeot fans will be pleased to know that there are lots of 504's and 505's still running here - although all the 505's are in pretty ropey condition. With regard to new cars, there's a neat Citroen C4 saloon that we don't see in Europe (shame) and Ford have a compact 4x4 called Eco-Sport - rubbish name but neat car - again we don't get it in Europe - and a Fiesta saloon, which we don't get but wouldn't want.
Books are jolly expensive in Brazil and almost as expensive here in Argentina - but there are lots of book shops in BA whereas i only came across 2 in Rio. I bought a book by an African author i'd never heard of before - Mia Couto - set in Mozambique - took a while to get into but very enjoyable - for anyone who can cope with the idea of spirits / native religions - in a modern setting then you might also enjoy....
Yesterday morning i did a city-tour - which was a bit of a shambles, it has to be said - but at least i got to see something of the city & get my bearings. Stuart might be interested to know we stopped alongside the Boca football stadium - which is in the heart of an area known as Caminito - which is a bit of a tourist-trap. It is where the Tango originated, apparently.... - in the afternoon it rained like billy-oh - but today it is bright and sunny and i have been out & about just wandering.
One thing i should also mention is that the beer here is much better than in Brazil - so long as you don't drink Brazilian beer, obviously. Hurrah for that...
Like Rio, dog-walking seems very popular and you often see people struggling to control 6 or 7 dogs. Buenos Aires has even more pigeons than Rio and while they don't appear to be as skanky i would advise against eating outside, otherwise you'll soon be inundated. It is quite a nice city to walk around and gawp - the women (of all ages) here are just stunning - it is quite a chic & fashionable place - people take pride in their appearance & wear smart clothes. You can tell because i got pulled up by the police yesterday and given a caution - i was wearing a green tee shirt with light blue trousers and no colour in between. If i get stopped again for any fashion misdemeanours then i'll be forced to go shopping for clothes - and it would be just my luck to have go with an officer who wasn't in plain clothes..... (boys - you'll need to get a girl to translate that last bit)....
I'm not doing justice to Buenos Aires but have to admit i'm a bit bored - sorry - maybe it's just the big city thing - i'm missing my old job and my friends - anyway i'm off again tomorrow - sailing across the Rio Plata to Montevideo...
So until then - adios amigos!