The end of the start
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Since last writing it feels like we've been packing things in. Friday we spent the day in Tigre, a short train ride away from BA, trawling the endless craft market and cruising the Paraña delta in glorious sunshine. It's a hard life this travel thing. Saturday morning was seeing the posher side of BA in the suburbs of Recoleta and Palermo, including a trip to Recoleta cemetry, which is more of a mini city for the dead. Very strange place, with the same mix of beauty and rundown-ness (can't think of another word) that is characteristic of BA.
Of course all this was simply a prelude to the big match; it didn't disappoint.
Arriving at the stadium on foot (having been told by a taxi driver that to drive was too much hassle so we should walk) we swiftly bought a scarf to show our allegiance and joined the queue to get in.
The atmosphere that greeted us inside the stadium was immense. Plenty of singing and flag waving as we tried to find our seats - quite hard when no rows are numbered. In the end we got to the right sort of area and just took some available seats; it seemed to be the done thing.
The match itself was almost all out attack by Argentina in the first half, but no goals. Second half started much the same, but with a goal for the home side down our end. The volume of the singing rose another notch and the jumping on the seats began. As if on cue the heavens opened, but even this failed to quieten the fans. I was quite thankful for the shelter having left the waterproofs at the hostel... With a few minutes to go the victory singing began and we were so involved that our whole end of the stadium initially failed to realise Peru had equalised in the last minute. Disaster for the fans, until the 2nd minute of added time when Argentina scored to take the win. More singing and dancing in the rain followed!
We managed to make it home safely, despite being drenched, failing to get to a train station, buying burgers at a kebab van equivalent, getting a taxi and jumping on the last metro home. All in all a pretty good day.
Today has been much more relaxed - visiting the local Sunday antiques market and wandering to colourful Caminto in Boca. We'e due to fly south tomorrow morning to pop into Chile for a 4/5 day hike in Torres del Paine national park (google image it) so this may be the last you hear from us for a week or so.