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Flag of Argentina  , Autonomous City of Buenos Aire,
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Having left LA mid afternoon I had a long day/night of flights ahead of me going from LA to Miami, quick stop over and then off to Buenos Aires to start my south American adventure. I arrived in BA around 9am on Wednesday having flown overnight from the states. I jumped in my preorganised transfer to the hotel. I arrived there around lunch time, dropped my bags off and went for a walk as my room was not ready. After a few hours wandering downtown BA getting my bearings I headed back to the hotel to relax and await the arrival of my South American travel partner Kyle. Kyle arrived around 930pm after a long day flying from Sydney to Santiago then Santiago to BA. We spent some time catching up on life back in aus and my trip so far before hitting the pillow for a well deserved rest.

Thursday morning meant checking out of our hotel and wandering a few blocks down the road to our hostel where we would spend the remaining 6 nights in BA. We spent the rest of the day exploring downtown BA and planning the remaining time we had there with the assistance of the lowly girls that worked at the hostel. Thursday night we wandered down to Florida street, the mall, and found a lovely cafe/restaurant to eat at.

Friday came and we joined the walking tour/history lesson on the past 100 years of buenos aires and Argentina. It was a great few hours and helped us understand the history and events that shaped this nation and it's people. It helped that the guide was super cute and loved Aussies. Although she did make fun of the way we say Australia, or Straya for short. Friday night we went to the hostel all you can eat BBQ and when it says all you can eat I take that as a personal responsibility. With a belly full of meat, vegetables, salad and red wine it was time for bed around 2am.

Saturday we decided to hit the buenos aires zoo do we braved the subway, Kyle's first subway experience, and headed to the north side of town to the zoo. We spent the remainder of the day there, saw many animals and enjoyed a short but very entertaining seal show before heading back to the hostel to get ready to tackle some famous argentinian steak.

We had found a steak house two blocks from our hostel earlier in the week and decided to try it out on Saturday night. What a brilliant decision this turned out to be. Now I am the proudest Aussie going but I have to accept defeat on this one. When it comes to steak, Argentina has us beat. We had a 550g sirloin that blew my mind. Kyle and I both agree, reluctantly, that this was the best steak we have ever eaten. The baked potato, cheesecake and argentinian red wine were also amazing. We enjoyed the meal and service so much we tipped our very happy waiter 100 pesos on a 400 peso meal. Needless to say we now have a new friend that greets us with a smile and a handshake even when we are just walking by.

After taking an evening walk to try and walk off some of our ample meal we headed back to the hostel to get some tips on where to head out in BA. The girls suggested Palermo district so we ordered a cab and headed off to Palermo. We hit two pubs before finishing the night at one of the clubs. We would have gone there earlier but the club didn't open until 1am! After getting a bottle of champagne with our entry fee we soon met a group of local Argentinian girls and tried to learn some Spanish and new dance moves. God I love being Australian overseas :) in the early and brightening hours of the morning we headed back to the hostel to get some much needed sleep after a big day, night and morning.

Sunday we didn't achieve much in the daylight hours as we were still in recovery mode however we did pull ourselves together to head off to our tango lesson, dinner and tango show. As anyone that knows me would expect, I nailed the lesson and now am a certified tango god. We enjoyed yet another amazing argentinian meal followed by a breathtaking and enjoyable tango show. Kyle briefly became part of the show and I do have a video of this on my phone. The show finished around 1130pm and the courtesy bus dropped us back to our hostel and back to bed. However before going to bed we did get some rather disappointing news, kumuka worldwide who we had a 5 week tour booked with due to start on 6th August had gone broke and were no longer trading.

Monday morning came and instead of going to Colonia, Uruguay as planed we cancelled to take some time to try and figure out what was going on with kumuka and what we would do about Peru, Bolivia and Chile. We also decided to cancel our trip to brazil as getting a visa proved harder than anticipated so we also had to decide what we wanted to do with that week following iguazu. With the help of the hostel girls and the travel agent down the road we booked a 6 night tour of northern Argentina to fill the week we were going to be in brazil. We also found a 26 day tour from Lima to Santiago with tucan travel so we emailed them to find out if there were any availabilities for this tour. We decided after a few set backs we needed a pick me up so we headed back to our favourite steak house to tackle the 3 person rump meal. As you can see by the picture there was more than 1.5kg of steak, with baked potatoes and a bottle of red it hit the spot perfectly.

Tuesday we received an email from tucan to say there was availabilities for the 26 day tour. We booked it. Only problem was we now had 12 days in Santiago to try and fill. We decided there was no reason to hang around in Santiago just for the sake of staying there so we got our flights changed to 9 days earlier and would now return to Australia on 4th September. We also used Tuesday to get our laundry done and get our time in iguazu sorted.

We had some ups and down in Buenos Aires but overall we had a great time and headed off to iguazu (eventually after missing our flight due to our prebooked transfer being an hour late) ready to tackle some more of this amazing country, Argentina.

Question: how do you turn a dishwasher into an excavtor?

Answer: give her a shovel!

Now I know this is a little sexist towards the girls but for all the guys reading this, you shouldn't be looking here for a joke...the real joke is in your pants.

Lukey B
A Baker Abroad
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