Oh Argentina, Argentina!
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This trip was very exciting and special because it was my first time outside North America. Argentina became officially the third in my visited countries list. I went there because one of my close friends in the States was getting married. I was told that Argentinian weddings are quite an event and I wanted to see that for myself. So, I booked my Continental tickets, made my bags (which were big, because I would be there during the Argentinian winter).
I had never taken such a long flight (10 hrs) but I was mentalized for it. Everything was quite comfortable actually. I met a cool guy in the plane (we worked with the same statistical software) and he offered to give me a ride downtown. Some people thought I was crazy for accepting a ride from a stranger, but I think I am quite good in getting to know people pretty soon.
When this guy's brother went picking him up, he tried to greet me with a kiss in the cheek. LOL I think I instintively shied back... I hope it was not rude for him. I had no idea that it was common for men to greet their male friends by kissing in Argentina! (I proved that during the following days LOL).
Anyway, after that embarrasing incident, these guys dropped me by the metro station. Buenos Aires subway system is very easy, just four parallel lines that connect to a mainline at downtown. I stepped out at the station I was instructed to... and just as I was about to take a look at my city map, there it was... the obelisk! Now I knew exactly where I was. The heart of the city!
Nueve de julio street in Buenos Aires is incredibly HUGE.
So, once in my hotel, a few curious things happened. First, I was told that I could not receive room visits after 9 PM (!) haha I wasn't planning to receive any, but I felt like in the dorm. Then when I was in my room, I noticed that I couldn't plug any of my electronics, oh no! All the plugs were shaped in a strange rounded shape twin connector that I of course had not been prepared for.
After taking a shower and resting a bit, I called home just to let everybody know I arrived safely and then prepared to hit the road. It was going to be a looong day of walking I knew it. I didn't want to lose any minute while touring B.A. At first, it felt a bit like being in Mexico City. I guess it's the big city vibe. The first thing I saw after the great buildings of the De Mayo street was Teatro Colon and the Square of San Martin, where a local guy asked me if I wanted a photo of myself taken.
Then I went to the English Square and the Casa Rosada, where Madonna performed for her famous movie "Evita". The cathedral of Buenos Aires was a bit unusual, looked more like a greek-like building than a cathedral. The remains of independence hero San Martin are resting there. I tried to find some street food, but in that sense Buenos Aires is no Mexico City, so all I found was some poor hot dogs by the Casa Rosada.
I walked back to my hotel to take some rest, and then later in the evening I visited the Congress building. Very impressive, similar to the American capitols in a way. There were a few protests because of the problems with the people from the countryside. I guess that's everyday news for Latin American countries. It was cool because Mexican music was being played in one of the protest camps. After that, I called it a day. I had seen quite something for a few hours and my feet needed some rest.