We spent the next week in Buenos Aires and it did not disappoint. Aimee and I soon made friends with some of the boys in the room and their little girlie friends (bit of sarcasm here) who were all English and to be honest royal t*** . The girls took an instant dislike to us, not sure why and so the war was on. I like to think I act like a grown up but when girls act this b****y and guys like d*** then well the feisty side of me comes back out.. Two of the lads were 27 and from Lancashire. One of them was actually ok but the other was a serious tool.. the other 2 were 19 and from Rickmansworth. One of them was ok as well. The girls were about 22 or something but had serious attitude. Anyway thought I would have a mini rant. That night we landed we went to our bar and had a few drinks and watched a tango lesson. It looked so good but we just drunk our cocktails from the bar. Later that night about 5 in the morning we woke to the dickhead of the room coming back with the girls and making such a noise. Honestly the things these girls were saying was disgusting. I am not a prude in the slightest but they really needed to wash their mouths of the filfth they came out with. The guy was very very rude to everyone in the room. Actually surprised we did not get up and give him a kick! Eventually he went to bed and we had to lock the door as the girls thought it was funny to try and come back in. Such idiots in the world! The next day they all apologised but it was all so false really!
The next day we woke up (it was my BIRTHDAY) and we went down to get breakfast. We knew Ellen would have arrived so we went to meet her. After some breakfast and a good gossip we showered and then headed out for a look around the city. We went for a lovely Italian lunch in the city and Ellen treated me to it. Thanks Ellen. Afterwards we headed around and then back to the hostel to chill out. Ellen had been traveling through the night so was tired. I spoke to my lovely family members.. the girls then presented me with cards and presents from family and friends in England. Thank you Mum, Michelle, Martina, Mary, Kate, Clare, Ekene, Aimee and Ellen.. i was really spoilt :) We then got ready and headed to the bar for a few drinks. There was an Aussie group celebrating a birthday so we hung out with them a bit. Nice crowd and the hostel treated me and the girls to a drink for my birthday, very nice of them..We also ran into Irish, a guy we had met a few times so invited him along on our night out. Martin and Sebastian arrived about half 9 and we had a few drinks before we headed to a lovely restaurant called
El Maipú where we had a fill of steak, salad and chips. The steak was mouth watering and tender.. so delicious!! It was brilliant for our first piece. Irish also ordered a omelette which was massive and we all had a slice of it (it was like a pie) We had a lovely meal and they sung Happy Birthday to me.. I then got Happy Birthday sung in Spanish by the guys and some people in the restaurant. I gave a little bow :) Brilliant!! Later on we headed to a local bar called
Godoy where we had a few drinks and danced to some music.. the music was a real mix of some tunes we knew but the majority was some Latin American.. I had such a brilliant night. We took tons of pictures.. well Aimee was about :) I had a brilliant mix of company and entertainment. Of course I missed everyone from home who would normally be there but it was nice not to have to make plans and sort it all out. Martin kindly took care of it all, from collecting us in the taxi.. to the restaurant reservations and getting us home. Perfect gentleman..Thank you to Martin, Ellen and Aimee for spoiling me. I barely paid for anything that day and felt truly special it was definitely one to remember! And the funny thing is my birthday sort of crept up on me. I wasn't really bothered about it or looking forward to it but it was very unique :)
The next day we had a lazy day and just took a little walking tour of the city trying some pastries and taking some pictures before we headed back to go to a Tango show in the evening. It was fabulous we had a 45 minute lesson of some basic steps and practicing with a guy. We then had a 3 course dinner where we could choose a starter, main and dessert. All drinks were included, alcohol and non alcoholic..I have really enjoyed the red wine here, its delicious and with a good steak its amazing. I had a salad to start, steak for the main and a flan with dulce de leche on the side for desset. All were delicious..and then after dinner we were entertained with a lovely show of Tango!! It went on for over an hour and there was a mix of dancing.. some solo singing performances and it was all amazing!! The dancing was amazing, give me a guy who can dance like that anyday!! Honeslty we were all in a spin wishing we could dance like that and vowing to do dancing when we got home (we say it now) It was such a great show.. we loved it and it was a great way to end Aimee's holiday with us. We met some lovely girls on the trip, two Brazilians and an Australian girl. We met back up with them for a dance and drink back at the very crowded Millhouse and it was a good night.
On Aimees last day we headed to our new hostel in Palermo called Tango Backpackers. We checked in and then went to hire some bikes. We went out for 4 hours and went around different neighbourhoods. We headed to the famous cemetry in Recoleta where we looked around and found Eva Peron's tomb. The graveyard was beautiful.. they were more like little buildings then graveyards..we spent a little time walking around before we headed back on our bikes and carried on the ride. We went down to the park which is massive and drove around there for a while before we headed back to the backpackers. It was a really funny day and it was great to do some exercise and get back on a bike. I could not believe I have not really been on a bike since Vietnam.. where does time go! I love BA. It is so beautiful, the buildings are so pretty and its a great city. In a lot of way it does remind me of home so I guess thats why we feel so at home here :) It is also MASSIVE!! We hope to visit La Boca before we leave which is home to the football stadium and is meant to be lovely although a tad dangerous!
After Aimee left us we had a few more days in BA. I fell quite sick on the Friday out of the blue.. it seemed to be some bug and I was a little out of it for the next few days. I also developed a bad cold so tried to rest up until it got better. On the Sunday I headed to San Telmo markets with Ellen and Rachel our new little friend from the hostel. It was a great market and really massive but I felt a bit rubbish! It had so much antique items that Antinque roadshow would have a field day over here..I collected a few magnets and checked out the accessories..We then headed to go and see about tickets to Uruguay for the next day. Afterwards we headed back and I got ready to head out for dinner and a catch up with Martin. Martin came and collected me and we headed on the subway to the newest neighbourhood and nicest one which ran alongside the river. At night it really reminded me of the River Thames. It was gorgeous and we walked the length of it. After a while we stopped for a milkshake and brownie which was devine. We then headed back to Congresso and went to a Peruvian style restaurant but I felt so sick that I could not eat. What a rubbish date I was!! It was a brilliant evening and Martin really spoiled me. Thank you Martin. When you come to London I will return the favour!! ;) I felt so sick that I did not feel up to going to Uruguay the next day which was a real shame but I guess being properly sick for the first time in 8 months is pretty good going :) Anyway I have loved and will continue to enjoy the lovely city of Buenos Aires.. :) Roll on more sight seeing in Argentina..
So its now Monday and I am still feeling rough (fun fun) and I have 5 weeks before I head home. Well its under 5 weeks now (gulp) majorly excited to see everyone but will miss the luxuary of not working, doing what I want when I want and seeing new things and meeting new people. We plan to travel a few more weeks in Argentina before we head to Brazil the beginning of May. Its going to be a good 5 weeks and I plan to enjoy every single moment of it..We hope to move Wednesday to Bariloche (which is about a 22 hour bus ride) or Mar Del Plata (5 hours) for the Easter weekend. We will be organising it tomorrow :) Everything is shut on a Sunday so over the Easter it will be quiet here.. thats really nice I think.. things we take for granted back home. I hope you all have all a lovely Easter weekend and break from work. Enjoy time with friends and family and of course enjoy the chocolate :)