Peter and Caroline's Most Excellent Adventure!!!
Hola mi amigo!! We are trying to hable espanol at the moment but with limited success!! Buenos Aires is a very passionate place where nothing really works!! We had only been in the city for half an hour when our bus broke down!! We then got taken to our hotel by a 45 year old boy racer in a mini van!! About an hour later we took to the streets to have a look at the sights close to our hostel and were most surprised to find ourselves in a political demonstracion outside the casa rosa - complete with riot police and everything. When we were in the hotel bar later that evening the residents informed us that it is always like that and not to worry so we havent let any of the above spoil our fun!! And we have had a lot of fun!! Caroline had her first tango lesson and we have met some lovely people from Columbia who have invited us over!! Some of the sights here in Buenos Aires are a little tarnished by the amount of politically inspired grafitti and the lack of care and consideration that goes into street maintainence none the less they are all sights to be in awe of. The Casa Rosa is all its pink glory and the numerous monuments to historical political figures are amazing. Possibly the most disconcerting part of our trip so far was when we visited an area called the Recolecta which in true Latino tradition has a church at the centre of it which is home to the city of the dead. This place is spectacularly macbre. There are streets and streets of mini mausoleums where you can go and be with your dead relatives. The coffins of said relatives are on display for all passers by to view and some of the mausoleums are multi level so you can sit down or maybe hold a service. It is a vampyric adventurers heaven and as morbid as hell! The rest of the area is swamped with buskers and tauters. Cats are everywhere. The amount of police on patrol leaves you with a strange feeling as you arent sure if their presence is reassuring or not?! The nightlife is something else when the true passionate argentinian spirit really comes into its own but if you go out before 1am or 2am you really wont see much action. Most people dont come home until between 5am and 8am. So if you want to go shopping the morning is the time to do it!! The food is great and because the exchange rate is so good shop prices are all pretty reasonable. Caroline actually bought a couple of items of clothing because she was sick of looking at herself in pictures wearing the same thing. Peter has nearly got his head round the local way of greeting each other which is always with a kiss weather it is a man with a man or whatever. It is quite funny watching him get all British and flustered! To summarise if you want great night life and can see past the cosmetics come here it is great!! In addition the Tango City Hostel Inn is great - always something happening.