This morning we were informed there is to be a workers strike on Tuesday 25th and there are no flights in Argentina this day!!!!! This is the day we are booked to fly to Iguazu Falls. The airline kindly rescheduled our flight but this would give us only a few hours to visit due to arriving late and leaving early, so after much help from Jorge we booked another airline flight (at extra cost) but we are only here once, then a quick reschedule with accommodation. Phew hope it all works out!
After a stiff coffee we headed out to visit the area of Mataderos which is a large and populous district in the southwest corner of Buenos Aires that offers a mix of city and rural life. The name Mataderos literally means slaughterhouses, a testament to the barrios rural traditions. In its early days Mataderos was known as Nueva Chicago (New Chicago), giving reference to the meat industry of Chicago in the USA, and for a great part of its history has served as an important crossroads between the city and countryside.
The highlight in Mataderos is a visit to the Feria de Mataderos. This weekly folk fair is a celebration of local country life, many stalls set up to sell typical Argentine food, artisanal products and gaucho memorabilia. An open air stage is set with singing and music and people dancing in the street. I wasn't able to convince Rob into a dance - he was concerned he had the wrong hat on