Buenos Aires - Beefest

Trip Start Feb 14, 2006
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Trip End Mar 19, 2007


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Friday, March 10, 2006

Spent 4 nights in total in Buenos Aires on our second visit. Thankfully this time the rain didn´t greet us when we arrived. Stayed in Hostel clan which was a nice enough place and the atmospshere was okay although there was a big bunch of ´reception desk groupies' that just seened to hangout at the reception desk all day long doing nothing....strange when you´re in one of the liveliest cities in the world!

Rachel (my sister) arrived from Australia on the same day as us with her boyfriend Sean. Hadn´t seen eachother in about 18 months and we were in the perfect city to celebrate the reunion! Started the first night out by introducing them to the Argentinian steak....another half cow on a plate! moved on to one of the pubs we´d been in the previous Friday night and who should we meet only Danny (the argentinian guy we met previously) and his cousin! he lads had a bit of difficulty with our names so we got christened Tito (tadgh), kinky samantha (rachel), Madonna (me).Of course the Oz contingent were only coming alive at about 3am so it was off to a night club with the argentinians. It was called club museum and from what we could understand its actually a musuem by day. Well their musical playlist must have been part of the museum's collection as well cos it was all hick, 80's one-hit-wonders....nasty! Anyway, we did our best to show the locals how we work the floor at home and spent the entire night throwing dodgy shapes on the dance floor (rekindling childhood memories of bad music) while everyone else in the club just stood on the dancefloor talking.It was 6am before we managed to drag ourselves out of the place and back to the hostel, with our taxi driver given a strict warning by our argentian friends to take us in the most direct way possible...probably why the fare was only about 1.50!

Next day we were on a mission to track down a pub for the Ireland Scotland rugby game but none of the pubs open till 5pm on a Sat. in B A so we had to make do with the hostel and the ESPN spanish commentary. Best part of the whole game was listening to the comentators pronunication of Peter Stringer.....Strrrringe-er....a classic!

While the others recovered from the night before I took to the shops...naturally! There is one main shopping st in the centre called Florida and I wasn´t really impressed. Great if you wanted to be clad head to toe in leather for about 100 euros, but other than that from what I could see they´re taste in clothes is baaad! They´re big into their bookstores as well so every second shop was either a bookstore or a leather shop! ....oh and I almost forgot there´s a McDonalds about every ten paces in Buenos Aires.

Out again that night for more punishment. This time to an area called Plazo Serano in Palermo. Its a really nice spot north east of the centre. Probably one of the posher areas of the city and its been nicknamed Soho. This particular square was just full of bars and cafes and buzzing with people inside and out. Of course we went to a place called Sullivans. Not remotely Irish but nice all the same. Had an early night this time cos we were all a bit wrecked so it was a very respectable 3.30 am when we got home!

Spent Sunday trying to organise ourselves for the Boca game that evening. Our great friend danny who´d promised to take us didn´t produce the goods adn was uncontactable for the day. Ended up going with the hostel tour a fleecing 80 pesos adn the match tickets are only 14. Got there during the reserve game just before the main action started and it was not on the pitch.

In the terrace below us were all the boca hooligans, before the game started they started the racket with drums and chanting. ou could actually feel the whole stadium shaking under our feet, it was so mental. Got to see the leader of the hooligans as well. Supposedly he is the man to talk to if you have any problems with tickets or any thing else. Even maradona adn a few government officials were at his daughters wedding. oh ya maradona was at the game too. He has a special box in the stand with a picture of him hanging from it. if he is there the picture is hanging the right way up, if he is absent it is upside down.

Across the way were the opposition fans Quilmes. they were even more crazy during the game. Suposedly they were peeing and throwing plastic seats down on the boca fans below them!
Anyway the game was brilliant even the girls watched it!!!!!. Boca won 3 -1.

Next day we did the tourist sites. this included a brief walk around and then a visit to Evitas grave in recoleta cemetary. They certainly know how to give their dead a good burial! The graves were all little mausaleums some huge and some just a bit of shelf space. There were loads of cats hanging around the cemetary as well which kinda made it a bit eerie.We found Evitas tomb pretty easily as it was covered with dead flowers!. There were a lot of inscriptions in the form of plaques on the tomb paying their respects.
he rest of the day turned out to be a bit of a disaster. A lot of walking and not much achieved. its a bit hard to fit in all the touristy things and cope with the nightlife in Buenos Aires....in our case the tourist spots lost out!

On tuesday it lashed rain, Rachel and Sean left on there 72 hr bus journey to Lima and we hung aroung the hostel for most of the day and night waiting for our flight to Ushuaia at 5am. Another sleepless night in BA, but sure we were used to it by now!
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