Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Buenos Aires - round two

Since Kat and I were not super excited about Lima, we headed to Buenos Aires a bit early to enjoy our last days in South America properly :)

This time around we stayed in a hostel in Palermo - very good choice for anybody that enjoys going out in this city that never sleeps ... or not until after 10 am anyways ;) Transfer from the airport was easy (don't pay more than 100 pesos) and our hostel seemed great ... we walked from Palermo to Recoletta, originally to check out Evitas grave, but I convinced Kat to spend the rest of the day in the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes - the best musem I have ever vistaed. Very much has has one of the finest art collections in the world, including international renown artists ... is beautifully done and I could have spend all day wandering around in this little piece of heaven on earth. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Gallery_of_Art)

Bunoes Aires is a great city to have dinner in one of the many street cafes ... also I would highly recommend stopping by one of the countless bakeries that offer fresh backed goods (especially jummy when you are walking home from a night out and feel like a snack before bed).

Palermo is great to go out any day of the week, but especially on a Friday (our arrival day). I have to admit that getting up at 10 am on Saturday was a bit of a challenge, but well worth it to show Katina the city. Public transportation is very effective and buses and subways go every couple of minutes. The weather was so gorgeous that we just caught the subte (subway) downtown and walked the rest of the day.

That night we went out with a couple of locals and a few girls we met at the hostel .. again in Palermo most things are within walking distance ... however it is much easier to find your way around when you are sober ;) The people of Bunes Aires were incredibly nice to us at 7 am in the morning, pointing us in the right directions and shortening our 3 hour walk to about 2 ;)

On Sunday everyone should spend some time in San Telmo, enjoying the endless antic shops set up on the market, watch the Tango dancers and drink fresh pressed atmosphere ... also an excellent change to get your souvenirs. We got lucky and ran into some friends from Peru! ... also a great place to hang out in one of the many Cafe's and simply enjoy the atmosphere.

Sunday afternoon was one of my highlights of this south America trip: a Football game :) I am usually not a Football fanatic, but if you get to go to one of the games down here, you can't help but get completely enthused about this sport. Katina and I were incredibly luck and got some cheap tickets to the River Plate game - we had no idea what we were in for: a dancing, singing, flag waving crowd - mostly men (quiet a few with there young children), and with little clothes on, since the sun was beating down on us. The atmosphere is unbelievable, also because they don't have the regulations for seats during football games (like in GB) ... so all of the crowd stands fairly close to each other ... simply amazing and a must for any sports fan.
On a side note: we were not able to sneak out of the stadium easily, since the fans of the opposing team has to leave first before the Argentinan police will open any gates (and there is lot's of those around - police that is)

All in all Buenos Aires was fantastic (again) and defiantly on my list of places to vist again :)

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