Buenos Aires Travel Blog› entry 12 of 22 › view all entries
Arriving in Buenos Aires wasn´t too much of a shock to the system after Sao Paulo, however it was on average about 8oC during our stay. We arrived late at night into BA airport after finding a cheap(ish) flight on the internet and letting spontinatity take hold! For our first two evenings we stayed in a nice HI hostel that Emma was paticularly happy with (lots of heaters!!). The hostel was an old apartment block and had beautiful wooden spiral staircases, a old lift with no glass just twisted glossy black iron bars. The location was perfect for our first few days, right on the metro line making exploring the city easy.
Buenos Aires is such a bustling and energetic city and with a week to explore the city did not dissapoint!!After partaking in what Andy has found to be Emma´s true passion..shopping!! (at rock bottom prices) we began to explore the marvellous city, begining with a tour of the downtown area. Large and imposing buildings similar to those found in Paris and Madrid were to be found everywhere and certainly impressed us,as did the rock bottom prices on Argantinian steaks. In San Telmo,soon to be our home for the remaining 5 days we experienced a full steak dinner for only $10 and the meat tasted amazing!!
3 days into our trip we moved to the previously afflent area of San Telmo,now popular with arty types and students due to the run down grandour of the streets and the chilled out vibes given by the laid back atmosphere. San Telmos tube line is over 150 years old and the trains are the original carridges so this added an extra charm to our methd of transportation. We stayed in a lovely apartment within a hostel that had a rustic charm on the outside and an ultra modern feel indide, our first bit of luxury but again at rock bottom prices!! This gave us a base to really explore the city and on our first day we encountered what we learnt were daily ´planned protests and demonstrations´aimed outside the primeministers office dubbed by Emma as ´mini- Buckingham palace´. This shocked us a little but we soon we told by a kind couple who joined us for dinner that this is a daily occurance in Buenos Aires and we certainly experienced this as even a ´Scout Protest occured´....dib dib and all that!!!
Anyway, after the protesting we were a little shaken so the comfort of the BA cafe culture really gave us a refuge frm any crazy Argantines we may encounter,a comfort we often took advantage of due to the low prices and high quality of the cafes in the city! Towards the end of our stay we stumbled upon the ´hip and trendy´area of Palermo with many top end boutiques and a delightful market on Saturdays. Emma immediatly fell in love with the place and we spent our first proper evening out getting drunk in this area that remined us alot of one of our favourite areas in Manchester due to the bar scene (as did the shockingly high prices!!) After a few select purchases from 9wait until everybody sees Emmas new bag!!) we decided to treat Andy with a football match on our last evening. To say Emma got a rude awakenig as to the macho culture in Argentina was an understatemant as the Argentines rudely guestured and swore constantly through the match, one that even Emma had to admit was rather exciting as the final score was 5-4!!!
Overall we really enjoyed our BA experience and would definatly return again.The city is very european and kept us constantly busy for a week and we were genuinly sad to be leaving as we felt we had only scratched the surface of this giant city. The peolpe could at times be a little rude and unwelcomnig but in general this city is an excellent place to visit and seemed to have everythng we wanted to do and more (exept sun bathe due to the near freezing temperatures!) and the only regret was that we missed out on a tango show!