Buenos Aires and Uruguay

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Buenos Aires and Uruguay

On the 11th June we got up at 3.
45am to catch our flight for 7am to go to Buenos Aires.  We were very tired!  The flight was really good as we were on a jumbo and there was hardly any seats taken.  We think it must have been needed in Buenos Aires. Once we arrived we got straight in a taxi to our hostel Palermo House.  The hostel was good with big rooms and really high ceilings, the building was very old. Once we had put our rucksacks dowm we went out to look around the area.  Emmas friends had recommended the area of Palermo Viejo as being safe and full of bars.  We walked around and it was packed with restaurants, bars and posh shops.  It was brill!  we had lunch where Neil had a south american speciality milanases.  This is thinly sliced beef in breadcrumbs and deep fried put in a sandwich.  Apparently it is what they have instead of a burger.  After lunch we went back to the hostel for a sleep then went out for some drinks later on.
  In Buenos Aires everyone eats about 10pm then go out drinking and clubbing until 6am.  We didn't stay out that long as we were tired!!

12th June - Today we got up quite late and then went on the subway.  We were amazed how cheap it was compared to the London underground. It was 15p for one journey! We got off at Av. Florida which is a long street full of shops and tourists.  It was their oxford street equivalent.  Lots of people came upto us wanting to sell us leather.  Neil bought an Argentinian shirt to add to his South American collection. We then got the subway back to our hostel and went out for our tea to a mexican.  The restaurant was always packed and had a queue so we knew it had to be good and it was. We didn't have a clue what we were ordering when we did, we just picked the cheapest but they tasted good!

13th June - We got up about lunchtime and went to Relocata to do the 3hr walk that the lonely planet guide suggested.
  It firstly took us into a cemetry, which was quite impressive.  The graves were more like tombs and we saw Evita's grave.  After the cemetry the walk took us past different landmarks including a massive metal flower which closes at night, a small market and some museums.  The walk only took us 1hr!  we then walked back to Av. Florida.  After looking around we decided to go for a drink before getting the subway back as there was a queue to get down to it. We went into the bar restaurant and the waiter started telling us about the specials and his recommendation.  We said we wanted only drinks but then he came over with plates and cutlery!  We weren't sure why and what we'd ordered but couldn't tell him as our spanish isn't very good! He then brought over a plate of hams, salami, cheese, bread and olives! Lucky we were quite hungry even though we didn't order it! After this we got the subway back went to the supermarket for some beer and potnoodles.
  We thought we'd better stay in tonight to save some money.

14th June - We got up early this morning to go and meet Mariel who is going to show us around.  She is Emma's friends Pablo and Marcelo's cousin.  She had stayed with them for 6 months so we knew her as well.  We met her and her friend Pablito and she took us straight to the Pink Palace.  It was on a square that had lots of demonstations on regarding the taxing of farmers goods.  After this we then walked to Puerto Madero.  This is their equivalent of Canary Wharf but it is also busy at weekends apparently.  There were lots of bars and restaurants.  Here we also booked our ferry to Uruguay on Monday with the help of Mariel!  After here we then got a bus to a place where all the houses are painted different colours.  They were really bright.  There was also market stalls here which we looked around and people doing the tango on the street.
  We didn't stay here too long though as it was full of tourists and we got a taxi back to the subway to go to Palermo.  Here we had our lunch before making our way to Plaza Serrano and Palermo Hollywood.  We could not believe how different the plaza was on a saturday.  It was absolutely packed.  All the bars and restaurants had been converted to vintage clothes stalls and the place was buzzing.  Mariel then took us to try Dolche Leche which is an argentinian favourite which you buy at Havanna cafes. It taste similar to caramel but nicer!  After this we went back to our hostel.  Mariel stayed for a while before going home.
Saturday night was the bbq.  30 peso for meat, salads and alcohol (fiver).  It was amazign and Neil ate so much!  you got massive hunks of beef, chicken, spicy sausages, jacket potatoe, potato salad and other salads and bread.  We also had lots of bottles of red wine and beer.
  We got through lots of red wine and sat around chatting to the other travellers until the early hours.

15th June - We got up late with a bit of a sore head and rushed to get some food before being picked up for the football.  We had an empanada and got picked up in a mini bus at 4.30pm for the Argentina v Ecuador match.  There was about 10 people in our group with an English speaking guide.  We got to the ground (home of River Plate) and we followed the guide to the ground.  We were sat in a stand that was full of tourists.  It was a good view of the pitch.  The ground was typically South American, no real shelter and was circular by the time it was kick off it was packed and a really good atmosphere.  It was like an American Stadium with people selling nuts, sweets and drinks.  The game was disappointing but we were glad that we went for the experience and ended 1-1, with Argentina equalising in the last minute.
  We then got dropped off back at the hostel and we packed for the next day as we were leaving in the morning.  We then went out for our dinner and some drinks before going to bed.

16th June - Today we got a ferry at 8am to Uruguay and then a bus to Punta Del Este which took in all about 6 hours.  It is winter in Punta Del Este at the moment so it is not the best time to go as it is a beach resort but we wanted to visit it anyway.  We got a taxi to our hostel from the bus station and seemed to be going into the middle of nowhere when we pulled up into a residential street.  There was a horse and cart parked outside delivering wood to the house where we were staying. We got shown inside by Rodrigo the owner, who introduced us to his wife Alejandra, son Augustin and his mum.  We realised that it wasn't a hostel but a guest house and because it was quiet our room was upgraded to a big double and en-suite.
  We spent the next 2 days as part of the family which was a nice change from other hostels.  That night we went to the local supermarket and bought our dinner spaghetti bolognese which Emma made. Neil was the sous chef! We sat in the sitting room with all the family and watched a film.

17th June - We got up about 11am and Rodrigo made us cheese and ham toasties for breakfast before we walked down through the tree lined streets to the beach. Emma loved the streets and it is such a nice area and very green.  The beach was very good as well, we both thought that it would be such a good place to come to in their summer.  We then walked back to the house and Rodrigo took us out in his Land Rover to show us around Punta del Este which  is  a very  wealthy area and lots of celebrities and millionaires own houses.  The houses were amazing and each one was totally different, as if they were in competiton with each of who had the best house!  We would like to buy one of the houses but they were very expensive! Our tour was cut short as his 1973 Land Rover started to break down so we went back and then walked to the supermarket for our tea.  We sat around again with the family and a couple of their friends and watched Uruguay beat Peru 6-0.  We then watched a film with them all and went to bed.

18th June - Today Rodrigo took us to look round the Peninsular which is where the port was.  We saw fishermen gutting fish and then tossing the guts to some massive sea lions and then selling the fish.  After this we then got our bus to Montevideo which took about 2hrs 30mins where we are staying in the old town.
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On the 11th June we got up at 3.45am to catch our flight for 7am to go to Buenos Aires.  We were very tired!  The flight was really good as we were on a jumbo and there was hardly any seats taken.  We think it must have been needed in Buenos Aires. Once we arrived we got straight in a taxi to our hostel Palermo House.  The hostel was good with big rooms and really high ceilings, the building was very old. Once we had put our rucksacks dowm we went out to look around the area.  Emmas friends had recommended the area of Palermo Viejo as being safe and full of bars.  We walked around and it was packed with restaurants, bars and posh shops.  It was brill!  we had lunch where Neil had a south american speciality milanases.  This is thinly sliced beef in breadcrumbs and deep fried put in a sandwich.  Apparently it is what they have instead of a burger.  After lunch we went back to the hostel for a sleep then went out for some drinks later on.  In Buenos Aires everyone eats about 10pm then go out drinking and clubbing until 6am.  We didn't stay out that long as we were tired!!

12th June - Today we got up quite late and then went on the subway.  We were amazed how cheap it was compared to the London underground. It was 15p for one journey! We got off at Av. Florida which is a long street full of shops and tourists.  It was their oxford street equivalent.  Lots of people came upto us wanting to sell us leather.  Neil bought an Argentinian shirt to add to his South American collection. We then got the subway back to our hostel and went out for our tea to a mexican.  The restaurant was always packed and had a queue so we knew it had to be good and it was. We didn't have a clue what we were ordering when we did, we just picked the cheapest but they tasted good!

13th June - We got up about lunchtime and went to Relocata to do the 3hr walk that the lonely planet guide suggested.  It firstly took us into a cemetry, which was quite impressive.  The graves were more like tombs and we saw Evita's grave.  After the cemetry the walk took us past different landmarks including a massive metal flower which closes at night, a small market and some museums.  The walk only took us 1hr!  we then walked back to Av. Florida.  After looking around we decided to go for a drink before getting the subway back as there was a queue to get down to it. We went into the bar restaurant and the waiter started telling us about the specials and his recommendation.  We said we wanted only drinks but then he came over with plates and cutlery!  We weren't sure why and what we'd ordered but couldn't tell him as our spanish isn't very good! He then brought over a plate of hams, salami, cheese, bread and olives! Lucky we were quite hungry even though we didn't order it! After this we got the subway back went to the supermarket for some beer and potnoodles.  We thought we'd better stay in tonight to save some money.

14th June - We got up early this morning to go and meet Mariel who is going to show us around.  She is Emma's friends Pablo and Marcelo's cousin.  She had stayed with them for 6 months so we knew her as well.  We met her and her friend Pablito and she took us straight to the Pink Palace.  It was on a square that had lots of demonstations on regarding the taxing of farmers goods.  After this we then walked to Puerto Madero.  This is their equivalent of Canary Wharf but it is also busy at weekends apparently.  There were lots of bars and restaurants.  Here we also booked our ferry to Uruguay on Monday with the help of Mariel!  After here we then got a bus to a place where all the houses are painted different colours.  They were really bright.  There was also market stalls here which we looked around and people doing the tango on the street.  We didn't stay here too long though as it was full of tourists and we got a taxi back to the subway to go to Palermo.  Here we had our lunch before making our way to Plaza Serrano and Palermo Hollywood.  We could not believe how different the plaza was on a saturday.  It was absolutely packed.  All the bars and restaurants had been converted to vintage clothes stalls and the place was buzzing.  Mariel then took us to try Dolche Leche which is an argentinian favourite which you buy at Havanna cafes. It taste similar to caramel but nicer!  After this we went back to our hostel.  Mariel stayed for a while before going home.
Saturday night was the bbq.  30 peso for meat, salads and alcohol (fiver).  It was amazign and Neil ate so much!  you got massive hunks of beef, chicken, spicy sausages, jacket potatoe, potato salad and other salads and bread.  We also had lots of bottles of red wine and beer.  We got through lots of red wine and sat around chatting to the other travellers until the early hours.

15th June - We got up late with a bit of a sore head and rushed to get some food before being picked up for the football.  We had an empanada and got picked up in a mini bus at 4.30pm for the Argentina v Ecuador match.  There was about 10 people in our group with an English speaking guide.  We got to the ground (home of River Plate) and we followed the guide to the ground.  We were sat in a stand that was full of tourists.  It was a good view of the pitch.  The ground was typically South American, no real shelter and was circular by the time it was kick off it was packed and a really good atmosphere.  It was like an American Stadium with people selling nuts, sweets and drinks.  The game was disappointing but we were glad that we went for the experience and ended 1-1, with Argentina equalising in the last minute.  We then got dropped off back at the hostel and we packed for the next day as we were leaving in the morning.  We then went out for our dinner and some drinks before going to bed.

16th June - Today we got a ferry at 8am to Uruguay and then a bus to Punta Del Este which took in all about 6 hours.  It is winter in Punta Del Este at the moment so it is not the best time to go as it is a beach resort but we wanted to visit it anyway.  We got a taxi to our hostel from the bus station and seemed to be going into the middle of nowhere when we pulled up into a residential street.  There was a horse and cart parked outside delivering wood to the house where we were staying. We got shown inside by Rodrigo the owner, who introduced us to his wife Alejandra, son Augustin and his mum.  We realised that it wasn't a hostel but a guest house and because it was quiet our room was upgraded to a big double and en-suite.  We spent the next 2 days as part of the family which was a nice change from other hostels.  That night we went to the local supermarket and bought our dinner spaghetti bolognese which Emma made. Neil was the sous chef! We sat in the sitting room with all the family and watched a film.

17th June - We got up about 11am and Rodrigo made us cheese and ham toasties for breakfast before we walked down through the tree lined streets to the beach. Emma loved the streets and it is such a nice area and very green.  The beach was very good as well, we both thought that it would be such a good place to come to in their summer.  We then walked back to the house and Rodrigo took us out in his Land Rover to show us around Punta del Este which  is  a very  wealthy area and lots of celebrities and millionaires own houses.  The houses were amazing and each one was totally different, as if they were in competiton with each of who had the best house!  We would like to buy one of the houses but they were very expensive! Our tour was cut short as his 1973 Land Rover started to break down so we went back and then walked to the supermarket for our tea.  We sat around again with the family and a couple of their friends and watched Uruguay beat Peru 6-0.  We then watched a film with them all and went to bed.

18th June - Today Rodrigo took us to look round the Peninsular which is where the port was.  We saw fishermen gutting fish and then tossing the guts to some massive sea lions and then selling the fish.  After this we then got our bus to Montevideo which took about 2hrs 30mins where we are staying in the old town.
lunitacrazy says:
I can't wait to start my trip in Montevideo! It seems like you guys had a blast!
Posted on: Apr 23, 2011
Montevideo
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