So Buenos Aires was a beautiful city and an excellent time. We´ve got white feet though as we´ve worn trainers a few days oops! So heres an little detail on the places we went to -
- Palermo - we did a walking tour of this place, its full of parks and botanical gardens, a zoo, and the shopping district. We learnt about the history of the area, with a battle between a greedy land owner and the peoples republic.
- Recoletta - here we saw the most amazing momument of a flower that opened and closed with the sun, it stood out a lot next to the old law building of the university, and reflected the skyline of the city on it. We also went to a graveyard (not in a depressing way!) and imagined what our graves would be like, as only the rich and famous got buried here (Evita, old presidents etc). Also had an awesome market.
- La Boca - This place is on all the postcards. We did a bike tour to here via San Telmo (poor and highly populated area). The houses are all painted different colours as the old ships would give the leftover paint to them (if only they thought of this in Middlesbrough, ralph). It was very touristy with tango on every street corner, and its also where the football stadium is. Its quite unsafe though so the bikes came in handy to get away!
- San Telmo - Highly populated but the people there have a great spirit, with kids playing football (really well!) on the streets and families in the parks dancing etc.
We went clubbing one night too, the clubs dont start until 2am and keep going to 7am so most people have naps before having supper at 10.30 ish. Its quite strange though as people go to dance not drink so quite contrasted to England! Also had some people in drag dancing randomly...
So yeh, we loved Buenos Aires, we mastered crossing the road which really was quite some achievement and managed to book our first bus to Santiago successfully!
We´re now in Santiago after a 22 hour drive in quite a lovely coach, through massive thunderstorms over the plains of Argentina before ascending into the Andes to watch the sunrise, although however lovely we´ve made that sound, we did sleep through most of it. Oh yeh had an interesting meal in the middle of nowhere in which everyone got off the bus and we had no idea why, we followed and then the bus drove away! Thankfully we were off to eat the most juicy slimy slab of chicken and soggy raw potato. mmm.
Yipyip so loving it so far, off to get some sleep before climbing up a mountain to the Virgin Mary in the morning! Apparently an amazing view of the smog from there, ralph literally cannot wait.