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Plaza de Mayo.

Caught the Colonia Express over to Buenos Aires this morning.  Had a stroke of luck with Uruguayan immigration - when we came across at Paysandu, we were not given any paperwork by the Uruguayan officials although they should have handed us each a card with an entry stamp on it that is then handed back.  Apparently you can be fined about US$30 each if you don´t have this card when you leave!  We explained that we were never given it in the first place and after a bit of to-ing and fro-ing, our passports were stamped and we were waved through, without having to pay.  Had to wait for ages at the terminal in Buenos Aires for a taxi, so in the end getting off the ferry and finding a taxi took longer than the river crossing itself!  Turns out our flat isn´t actually in San Telmo, but just across the main road in not such a nice area.

Casa Rosada.
  We know where NOT to go though, so should be OK.  Found the laundry and internet, got some groceries at the supermarket and went home to set up our base for the next month.

7 June:
Had a major problem with noise last night, our neighbour next door decided to turn the music on in his flat to such a high level that things in our flat were shaking and we couldn´t hear the TV!  Melissa´s Spanish must be improving because when we knocked on his door to complain, there hasn´t been a problem since!  Mind you, we think it was actually a guy from up the hall causing the problem because he answered the door and claimed he was allowed to have loud music because it was Saturday (even though it was actually Friday!) and when he left our neighbour´s the music started up his end (didn´t affect us too badly, though his neighbours then started banging on his door!).

The Cathedral on the Plaza de Mayo.
  Walked down to the Plaza de Mayo to get our bearings, had a quick look at the Casa Rosada and then wandered through the Cathedral.  This is a lovely building, not gaudy but rather tastefully decorated and with a very peaceful atmosphere.  One little side room holds the sarcophagus of General San Martin, plus a couple of other independence heroes.  Got some maps from a very helpful tourist information man then wandered up the pedestrian shopping streets.  Even passed a theatre where the Australian kids group Hi-5 is performing - our niece Sarah will be most impressed.  Decided to go to the movies to see the new Indiana Jones film, not bad and quite a diverting way to pass the afternoon.  Walked back to the Obelisk and the home along Av. 9 de Julio.  Bought an international calls phone card, because we have a phone in the flat, so called Melissa´s parents and her sisters.  Spoke to our niece Sarah, who was pleased to inform us that she couldn´t talk for long because Hi-5 was about to come on the TV.  She was most amazed when we told here they were actually here with us in Buenos Aires (incredible how associated fame can impress little ones!).

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Plaza de Mayo.
Plaza de Mayo.
Casa Rosada.
Casa Rosada.
The Cathedral on the Plaza de Mayo.
The Cathedral on the Plaza de Mayo.
San Martin´s tomb in the Cathedra…
San Martin´s tomb in the Cathedr…
Av. 9 de Julio, widest street in t…
Av. 9 de Julio, widest street in …