Buenos Aires Travel Blog› entry 13 of 20 › view all entries
Before I knew it..it was approx 7 AM again and the sun was coming though curtain of the bus. I wondered what time was breakfast after the little dinner that I had been given. I saw people helping themselves to coffee and I helped myself. I saw the attendant come, take coffee and pasteries and disappear. I was not happy.
Around 8:30 AM, I was served breakfast. It was food, that is all that I can say. I meet a french lady who was very impressed with the service that she had gotten. Same ride--two totally differant experainces.
Before long, traffic started to get heavy and I knew we were getting close. We were meant to get in at 9:30 AM, but we arrived a few minutes late approx 10 AM. When travelling for 12 hrs and only 30 minutes late, I was impressed. The driver did apologize for being late.
After getting my bags, it was time to get to the hostel.
I was set upon by a person who wanted to offer me a ride to the hotel for 35 pesos. Since I knew better, I had to decline. After exiting the building, I was set upon by normal drivers---they offered me 30 pesos--I offered back 25 pesos. One accepted and off we went. We chatted in broken spanish about the women and the city. It was a nice warm day and I was liking the city. Before I knew it--we were flashing pass the Presenditial House. The driver corrected me and made certain that I knew that the President was a woman. I could see some of the military in celemonary dress. We were at the hostel. Instead of wanting we had agreed, the driver wanted what the meter said approx 14 pesos--I gave him 20 pesos and told him to keep the change. I lugged by bags up the stairs and I was at the hostel.
I was greeted with a warm smile and told that my bed was not ready. I did not mind--I was not ready for sleep. I was also told about a BBQ that they were having, and what my total might be. I told them that I did not have the money yet, and that was no problem. I was given a map of the city with the important highlights and invited to finish breakfast. I did not have to be asked twice.
Breakfast was some rolls and jam and some oranges. I talked with a couple of lads, and then it was time to hit the street. I made certain that I had the address of the hostel in my pocket--just in case. I went down towards the Congress and took a few pictures. Again--I wished I had my camera--but what could I do? Nothing.
I then descided to head up 9th of July Anv. which reminded me a little of manhatten as it was very busy. There are tons of tourist shops and I popped into a few to see what was available. There was tons of little stuff. They would wait. Going into a side street, I saw two men that looked like Charlie Chapin which I had to take a picture. I was approched by a man about a possible Tango show later that night. As the man led me into a building, but spider senses were ringing and telling me that this was not a good idea to do. He was ahead of me--and I soon scooted outside of the buidling into waiting crowds. After that encounter, it was time to head back to the hotel.
When I got back to the hotel, I asked them where was the American Airlines and ferry buidlings, which they kindly pointed out on my map and away I went. Walking the street, I passed the main Buquebus and walked to the ColoniaExpress building. Colonia Express explained that they were all booked for Friday, but had 1 seat for Saturday. Going to Buquebus--they just told me it would be approx 200 pesos for the high speed ferry. What to do? I walked back to the hostel and talked to the staff. They suggested going on Friday since I would not want to be in Colonia over the weekend when there was alot to do over in Buenos Aires. Instead of running right back out again, I descided to relax a little. An hour later, it was off back to the office again, with credit card in hand. When I got to the office, Colonia had already sold the ticket. I descided just to wait and decide later what I was going to do. I went to AA and they said that they had no space on the Monday flight, but had space on Tuesday..I just had to make up my mind what I wanted to do and the change would cost $150. It was bank time--I took out 600 pesos and hopped it would be enough.
Back at the hotel, I talked with the staff and they said--why not book your trip online. Why did I not think of that? Thirty minutes later and getting help with the spanish forms, an e-ticket was in my yahoo account. When I went to print it, alas--could not open the file.
Taking flash drive inhand--I went outside to the nearest internet place and printed the pdf files. Internet access can be had for as little as 1.5 pesos an hour--I paid 2 this time. Walking in the streets--I noticed a political demostration. They had followed me from Brazil. I took a few pictures of them. As the crowd moved, the police shut Av. De Mayo. Once the crowd had passed, I walked into some of the side streets, but nothing too far away.
Before I knew it, it was time 8 PM for dinner.
Dinner was upstairs on the hostel´s terrace overlooking BA. Dinner was a typical Argentine BBQ, tons of meat and salad. It also gave me a a chance to get to know the people in the hostel. Good food and meeting new people. By the time that dinner had ended, I was tired. I spent a little time on the computer, then got ready for bed. I was in Buenos Aires--time for some fun.