Out and about in BA
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After finally getting to BA a few days ago, I wanted to get out exploring. The posh district of Recoleta isn';t far from the city centre and the Millhouse hostel where I wa staying, so jumped on the local bus and headed down there. It's fair to say that there is a fair amount of money in BA judging by this area! Gucci, Armani...all the names you need are down here! And they have professional dog-walkers strolling around with like 15 dogs at a time - quite bizarre really...and needless to say, you have to try and avoid the dog crap as a result!
The main thing to see in Recoleta is the cemetary - a slightly weird place as it has these massive high walls, like some sort of fort, so findding your way is a challenge in itself! It is the place where all the rich and famous bury their dead and boy do they spend some money on it - there are not just tombs here, they are almost like little houses and there are little men who go round keeping them all in good nick - nice job, someone has to do it I suppose! Found the final resting place of Eva Duarte/Peron (Evita) - which was actually quite low key and down some back alley - not what I was expecting given that she is a national heroin here in Argentina! You would've thought they would have spent some money on her!!
The Milhouse is a pretty lively place so met up with the crowd in the bar later on - started drinking with these two aussie girls Natalie and Estelle who were good fun, although it must said, lightweights - Estelle was chatty enough anyway, but after a fw cocktails, she was shouting so that the whole bar could hear!! She went downhill after that and was in bed by about 11pm.
La Boca is one of the poorer neighbourhoods and headed out there yesterday - we can did a pre-arranged tour through the hostel as it can be pretty dangerous to go on your own and you need to know which roads you can go down, otherwise you might end up dead...literally!! But the parts we saw were colourful and lively - loads of stuff going on in the streets, tango dancing, stalls selling gifts and snacks etc - definitely recommended if you come to BA.
Had my first steak last night - we went to Siga La Vaca, which is an all-you-can-eat steak house - the meat here is something else I tell you! And so much of it - they just pile it up, all different types and it's all so tender.