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Buenos Aires, Argentina, Argentina

Where to start?! I reckon food would be a good place to begin!... Me and Billy have been sampling the parrillas/asados which are grills/roasts. Meals have included black pudding, spicy sausage, pig´s tails and veal kidneys, all served from a guy single handedly manning a barbecue, spit and grill and served up at the table on a kind of mini barbecue. Other foodie highlight has been the rather amazing egg custard flans, I have become addicted to them and have had five in the last week. Billy is keen on the empenadas, little meat and veg pasties you can get everywhere. I also like Dulce de Leche-a sweet caramel spread which is good on bread for breakfast. Yeah anyway you might be more interested in what we have been doing rather than the contents of our stomachs!..

City Centre: We started the trip in the centre of the city, it was all very modern with big shops and posh restaurants. The first night at the hostel we took advantage of a free tango lesson. Billy was pretty good and as we had to swap partners ended up dancing with some pretty ladies. I on the other hand was hopeless and put off further by the sleazy american dance partners I ended up with pressing themselves aganist me, yuk!

Sightseeing included a trip to the parliament buildings, a look at the Casa Rosada with the balcony from which Evita and Maradonna adressed the crowds, a look round a catholic church and a former convent. We also saw demostrations against the goverments treatment of Faulklands veterens (it being the anniversary of the start of the conflict) and chatted to a a veteran himself who was v. friendly, advised us on places to go and had no ill feeling towards the english anymore.

San Telmo: Half way through the week we moved to San Telmo, an older part of the city famous for its tango bars. From there we went into Boca which according the guide books had v.definate no go areas however it all felt very safe as it was match day and the streets were flooded with police. Managed to get tickets for La Boca vs Banfield. The stadium was amazing, we were seated right at the top with a fab view of the supporters groups, banners and the pitch itself. The stadium shook with the sound of chants, people jumping up and down and the drums of the supporters band.

On sunday we headed to the outskirts for the goucho fair for abit of entertainment, more empanadas and plenty of lazing in the sun. On sunday evening we returned to san Telmo where a fair was also well under way. We watched people of all ages tangoing, it seems that the younger people feel quite honoured to be asked to dance by older more experienced dancers. In between the dancing (which was open to everyone and Billy even made me get up and make a tit of myself) a professional couple showed off their moves. The music was varied, me and Billy particularly liked the electro tango which included a tango version of enjoy the slience by depeche mode!

Other highlights have included visiting Recoleta - the cemetry where Evita was buried, seeing the museum about her life, seeing a massive flower sculpture which opens its metal petals at dawn and closes them at dusk and just relaxing and taking things at a more leisurely place for a change.

Weath: Its hot. I wont rub it in too much because Billy´s mum says it snowed in Newark at the weekend.

People: really really friendly. Theyve helped us out at every opportunity when we have been lost/confused etc.

Hostels: again everyone is friendly and you get free internet access, towels, sheets and a hearty breakfast all for less than a fiver. The only downer is that most of the dorms we stay in are predominantly filled with men so it smells of boys!

Anyway, Im off to enjoy a last lazy afternoon in San Telmo before heading off on a 16 hr bus journey to Iguazu falls in the north of the country.

Speak Soon, Soph n Billyxx

P.S. For Photos - http://picasaweb.google.com/trevallion74/BuenosAires

permalink written by  billyandsophie on April 9, 2008 from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Argentina
from the travel blog: South America
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Billy good at Tango? Whatever next. Sounds awesome, keep blogging,


permalink written by  Joseph Heath Morris Esquire on April 10, 2008

Amazing Bill, Thanks for the Birthday phone call. I'm a different person!!!!!!!!!!!! Take care both of you and look forward to the next entry.

permalink written by  Martin Keown on April 15, 2008

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