Buenos Aires in Transit
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Walking out of the airport was a pleasure. 18 degrees at 10am and 75 percent humidity. Off with the jerseys and jackets which we had been wearing to ward off
First impressions of
Everyone said to us that it feels like a European city. Not when you drive in let me tell you. Kat and I were both thinking that we were bloody glad that we had not rented a car and driven in.
We had booked a room at the Rochester Concept Hotel in
The room wasn’t ready so we left our stuff standing in the reception and went for a walk around. Another impression is that the streets are really narrow and don’t really have a pavement to speak of. We wandered around until we found a pedestrian arcade to walk down and then found a place for a quiet beer.
It is quite a nice feeling going to a city for a day and knowing you will be back in 2 months for a few days. You know you don’t have to try and fit everything in.
In Lavalle arcade we found a nice little spot looking out towards the bingo hall (with nice neon signs). You could almost hear the bingo wings flapping in anticipation.
Following a very well priced beer (note for the English service industry: which was provided with complimentary snacks of peanuts, olives and chips (crisps to those in the
After chilling in the hotel for a bit, we went for another walk around the pedestrian arcades (
· the little guys to go around with a cart of hot coffee in flasks
· the guys doing shoe shines. They look like they do a great job.
Those keen on shopping will be sad to note that “Harrods” has closed down it appears.
It is after walking around and sitting and “people watching” for a bit that you realise where the European comparison coming in. The majority of people could be from anywhere in
Had a quiet bite and an early night in anticipation of another early morning to fly to El Calafate.
The hotel Rochester/Hyde Park provided some entertainment in that our room had an interleading door between our room and the next which I think must have been made of tissue paper. You could hear the toilet flush in the next room. Enough said. Got the majority of a good night’s sleep with the exception of Kat’s alarm which, due to the joys of Nokia phone technology, continues to operate even when the phone is off. There is a 4 hour time difference between
I have also managed to get a sim card for my phone, but for the life of me I can’t work out how the hell to buy airtime. Not something included in the Spanish phrasebooks and receiving contradictory and very confused looks from anyone we ask. Oh well.
Up early to get the flight. Quick, easy and painless, although the security measures at the airport for domestic flights are not quite at the same level that we are used to – walk through the metal detector which beeps, guard waves you on etc.