Late Nights in Buenos Aires

Trip Start Jun 30, 2010
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Trip End Aug 25, 2010


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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Once again, Tuesday started late, and I was slightly annoyed that I had missed the free walking tour. In fact by the time I woke up it was almost 5PM and I wandered down to the common area of the hostel to meet the others much later. Everyone was gathered around an Australian guy in his early 20s who really wasn't in the best state. His laptop, along with several other possessions had been stolen from his room - I'm not sure of the whole story, but he was in Buenos Aires to record some music and the laptop had several beats, samples etc. Fortunately, I haven't lost anything, but I've been so careless with most of my stuff, and since I lost my padlock in Uyuni I haven't even bothered with lockers or even locking my bag on long distance bus journeys.

Tuesday is supposed to be a big night in Buenos Aires, and we went to Hype@Kika - partying until the early hours of the morning. Having realised I had saved a considerable amount of money from bargaining through Bolivia and Peru, I was happy to spend the money on drinks. It was about 5 before we got into a taxi and the poor taxi driver had to endure our drunken ramblings.

As you can guess Wednesday started even later (this really has to stop, my liver is being damaged and I haven't been able to see Buenos Aires in the day time). The others were in a rush so decided to go on the bus tour for 70 odd pesos, while I decided to walk to the bus station - a healthy two hour walk across town. The original plan was to go to Iguazu, and then head back to Buenos Aires before going to Santiago. However, Iguazu was out of my budget (maybe I shouldn't have spent so much on drinking) and I decided to book a ticket for Mendoza leaving on Friday night instead. Yes, another wine region.

Last night I split up from the group once again to immerse myself in the culture! Tango is big in Buenos Aires and the place was packed with locals and tourists, from absolute beginners to professional dancers. Most tourists go for the tango-dinner combo show, but I was looking for something a little more authentic, and dare I say, adventurous. After a quick search online I found a traditional milonga at La Viruta - a two hour tango class followed by dancing until 3 in the morning. It's quite a simple dance - 8 steps make up the paso básico and then any variations are added on. It's definitely something I am going to continue when I get back; if I can find a good milonga in England. Unfortunately, I was left on my own when my dance partner (and all the others in the room) started dinner at midnight - having already eaten I decided to meet up my friends again who were in a posh restaurant nearby.

Today I am going to do the evening walking tour. The others are leaving for Bariloche tomorrow for some skiing, but I don't have the time... coming up to the last couple weeks now.
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