Well we all made it safe and sound to Argentina. Well all of us apart from Bee's bag which was still making it's way round the baggage system back at Heathrow. This wouldn't have been so bad but it did mean Bee had to wear her hiking boots and week old woolly socks in 40 degree heat. Which wasn't too pleasant!
Unable to check in we set about exploring the local area. After some dodgy empanada and a run in with a shady currency exchange we were really starting to feel the heat. It was quite a shock being in such hot and humid weather after the snow in the UK! A big busy city like Buenos Aires probably wasn't the best introduction to our adventures but we were determined to make the most of it. We found solace over a relaxing drink on the Hostal's rooftop bar.
The gin defintely helped lift our spirits and the mouth watering steak dinner was the perfect end to the day. It's hard to explain just how passionate the Argentinians are about their beef. So many different cuts with mind blowing tastes. Much better than those we've tried in the U.S and round Europe. Not much in the way of vegetables but with a week in a yoga retreat with no meat and no alcohol we felt we had the right to indulge our carnivorous side.
Day two was spent exploring the Ecological Reserva by bone shaker rickety BMX bikes (Tim's had no brakes!), before ambling through the lovely streets of San Telmo via the Modern Art Museum of lots of 1960's abstract art. The centre of the city is crazy busy but it only takes a couple of blocks off the beaten track and things slow down, a lot!
Day 3 and we headed out on foot to La Boca, gorgeous colourful painted buildings, found lunch in a lovely vegetarian restaurant (who would have thought this possible in this sea of red meat!), La Boca juniors stadium where Diego Maradona plied his trade. Unfortunately it's the off season so there's no chance of a live match until February. A real shame as the atmosphere is meant to be amazing.
La Boca was a lot more run down but this only added to the feel of the place. The street graffiti was stunning, much more ingrossing than the stale modern art seen in a museum the day before. The whole area was like a living canvas of vibrant colours and mad designs. The funky modes on the new camera really came into their own.