We took the boat from Uruguay to Buenos Aires, it was good, only took an hour and they do all the immigration stuff before you get on which meant there was no hassle at the other side. We had booked a hostel online, but thought it was located somewhere else... so it meant we were a little bit out of the city centre, but the metro is so easy and cheap (1.10 AR pesos = 18p) for one journey, so we used it a lot, there was a station 2 minutes from the hostel. The hostel itslef was nice, pretty quiet though. The first night we went to visit Felipe (our friend who was also in Rio) but we were pretty tired so decided to get an early night. The next day we went to the cemetery in Racoleta, where Evita´s grave is. There were lots of beautiful graves, more like mausoleums and shrines.
On Friday we went for lunch to a parilla (bbq) restaurant, it had a lovely salad bar and beautiful meat - we ate far too much! You got a drink included in the price, so i said i would have a red wine. I went to th toilet and came back to find a whole bottle!!! Felipe had one glass, I managed to finish the rest! Then, we saw someone getting a photo taken with someone else, and Jack said he recognised him. I said its that guy from the Italian football team, the guy who cut off his hair after the world cup! Sure enough, on closer inspection it was Mauro Camoranesi!!! So, Jack went over to talk to him when he was at the salad bar, they had a bit of a talk in Italian as he doesn´t speak English, and he agreed after his meal to come and get a picture taken. We were finished, but sat nursing some olives until he was finished, and sure enough he came over and asked if we wanted a picture. We got a photo, and Jack told him next year he should play for Fulham... he sounded like he liked the idea, so watch this space! After the meal, we went to La Boca which is a district of Buenos Aires, and where Boca Juniors stadium is. La Boca is really cool, very colourful and lots of Maradonna things on sale! We went to the stadium, Jack did a little tour and went inside while me and Felipe just got a drink. We went home after that for a siesta - we wanted to go out that night, but no one goes out in BA until 1am!! so we had a little sleep and then went to San Telmo to meet Felipe. We hit a few bars and got home late! It was a good night.
On Saturday we met up with Pedro, who was another person we met while living in Mount Maunganui. He came to see us at the hostel, then took us to his fathers restaurant, which was beautiful, another parilla and salad bar. Unfortunately Pedro had to work that night, but we had a great lunch with him, and he wouldnt let us pay for anything!! He said when he comes to the UK we can pay, i asked him if he knew how expensive the UK is!! Near the hostel there was a mini carnaval so we watched that for a while then just hung out at the hostel.
Sunday, we went to San Telmo market. It is a huge outdoors market where they sell all arts, crafts and antiques. It took pretty much all afternoon to see it, bought a couple of souveniers! In the evening time there are live bands and tango in the square so we hung around to watch that, it was really nice.
On our last day, we went out with Felipe and Pedro - Jack had managed to sniff out a hooters restaurant so we went there for a drink, then we walked around the city seeing the sights. We finished the night off with a couple of beers in the plaza then took a taxi to the bus station for the overnight bus to Cordoba, where we are now.
Buenos Aires is an amazing city, I would recommend anyone to go there, it has so much for everyone, we could have spent a lot more time there. At the moment we are in Cordoba, which is the second biggest city in Argentina. It is nice, but we only spent one night and are on our way tonigh to Mendoza which is the wine capital of Argentina. They have a wine harvest festival this weekend, so its sure to be a good time!