Buenos Aires Travel Blog› entry 59 of 84 › view all entries
Arriving in Buenos Aires on Argentine Labor Day was probably not the most ideal day to arrive as almost everything was closed. But after a 36 hours bus ride through nothingness I didn´t have that much of a desire to rush out and start seeing the city anyways. I also had to figure out where the US Embassy was so that I could go there on Friday to get more pages added to my passport as it was almost completely full. It was quite the task to find where the US Embassy was because the street that it is on, Columbia, doesn´t appear in any Buenos Aires online map databases, but there is a Columbres in a totally different neighborhood. But in the end it was located and I went there Friday morning expecting to wait for hours or having to leave my passport there until Monday.
The next day I wandered through the nearby areas of Palermo Soho, a pleasant but rather pretentious area of overpriced boutique shops and restaurants packed with upscale Argentines and tourists soaking up the sunny weather. Sunday I had hoped to go to the Boca Juniors - River Plate game, a huge rivalry between the two main soccer teams in Argentina but I had arrived a bit too late to get any reasonably priced tickets so I had to settle for watching the game on TV, which proved harder than it should have been. Practically every place was totally full with people and many had minimum orders of $20 pesos per person to even enter. The streets were emptier than they would normally have been and I think more or less the whole country came to a stop during the game which ended up 1-0 in favor of Boca.
Monday I spent the day wandering all around the city center, looking at all the old buildings and monuments and the famous Avenida de Julio with the obelisk in the center bordered by 7 lanes of traffic on either side, which in turn are each separated by grass medians flanked by 3 more lanes of traffic on either side for a solid total of 20 lanes. The road has to be crossed via four separate crossings and is supposedly the widest avenue in the world. Unfortunately two of the main attractions in Buenos Aires are closed at the moment for restoration and renovation, the Colon Theater and the Government House, known as the Casa Rosada or Pink House. The other government buildings can only be visited on guided tours which are run at various times throughout the day and week, often with no signs or information, making visiting a bit difficult.
Overall, I thought that Buenos Aires was nicest and most modern big city that I have visited in South America so far.
Next stop: Uruguay.