Stranded alone in Buenos Aires
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November 17th, 2007 – by: ellewin
Needless to say, the hotel wouldn't let me stay because we reserved a double and I was a single so I found a great hostel in the Recoleta neighborhood that I think was called San Giomondo. Of course the first day sucked - coffee alone (man those people make a good cup of coffee), lunch alone (I think I ate that country clean out of empanadas), and dinner alone (my chloresteral easily doubled - no one should eat as much steak as I did).
The next day I was upstairs checking my email and I met a great girl from Seattle who was traveling solo as well. That brightened the mood as we travelled together for the next 9 days. I wish I would have known about travbuddy then!
I don't remember what we did on a day to day basis, but Buenos Aires is such a fascinating city. A week there just ins't enough.
Some of the highlights from BA:
La Boca - What a beautiful part of town.
Recoleta Cemetary/Eva Paron's grave - A "special" graveyard for the wealthy, Cementario de la Recoleta was very impressive. The cemetary is with mausoleums like I'd never seen before - the most elaborate things ever! Personally, a wooden box is just fine for me but entire families could live in some of these they're so big and ornate.
Floralis Generica sculpture - Also in Recoleta/Bario Norte. The sculpure is a HUGE flower in the center of a great park called Plaza Naciones Unidas. It's made completely of aluminum with steel petals in the middle. The pedals have red lights that glow at night, and every morning the sculpture closes up, and every night it opens. I thought the bean at Mellenium Park in Chicago was cool...
Aside from Buenos Aires, my MIA friend and I had booked airfare from B.A. to Iguazu Falls in the north. I would have gone alone buy my new friend Hillary decided to come with. All the guide books talk more about the falls and scenery from the Brazilian side, but what I've heard they're much more impressive from Argentina.
After the boat right, we started walking. We walked, and walked, and w.... The wildlife was incredible. Monkeys would come right up to us, giant birds, crazy insects. I'm sure there were some shots I probably should have gotten before going :) It was pretty touristy and there were set paths and people everywhere, but worth the trip for sure.
We walked along this rickety "pier" to the Devil's Throat which literally looks like a giant hole in the ground that water is just dropping out of.
We had 2 or 3 full days in Iguazu - I don't remember exactly. Our hostel had a great pool, and it was HOT so we relaxed there a bit and did a hike in the forrest. We got to "mountain" climb, repell, go canapy swinging and swim.
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