Wine, cheese and bad company

Trip Start May 03, 2005
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Trip End Oct 31, 2005


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Friday, September 9, 2005

Well, I wish I could tell you that my past week has been a culturally rich experience but, I'd be lying! Instead, I have spent the past week seriously damaging my credit card, drinking wine, eating lots of cheese and hanging out at the hostal.

At first I was really quite intimidated by this hostal, Milhouse. It was overrun with drunken Irish people who were out to party and nothing else. The decibels in the common area would have done damage to the ears of the most deaf people in the world but thankfully it has calmed down (marginally) and is quite a nice atmosphere now.

The hostal is fantastically organised with Tango and Salsa lessons (I was forced to get up to dance tonight - the instructor picked on me for some unknown reason????) with something planned for every night. Tonight I had the joy of dancing with an Ozzie guy who banged my leg into a table and a Norweigian guy who was getting rather stressed out by the whole experience - taking deep breaths and really getting angry with himself when he got it wrong. He really was one of the better dancers but, hey, take a chill pill matey PLEASE!!! It was not the most enjoyable experience - I really wanted to dance with the instructor but didn't get the chance. Brought back horrible memories of salsa classes in London with dodgy blokes with clammy hands. YUK!

I have to say that Buenos Aires is virtually Europe. I really do not feel out of place at all here and I am thankfully not getting weird stares anymore. I think it's still pretty obvious that I'm a tourist but, hey, it beats being stared at like a complete freak. Haven't seen too many of these fantastically gorgeous men that I've been told about but the people in general are really lovely and I have met some amazing taxi drivers. They are real characters! The city is asi asi but, considering that it has as many people as London (12 million), it really doesn't feel so hectic or cramped. Am seriously considering a change of venue when I get 'home'!

Heading to Peninsula Valdes on Thursday and then Ushuia at the weekend. Looking forward to lots of hiking and seeing wildlife again. Don't really think I'm a city girl at heart.

Some of you have been very lax recently with emailing - you know who you are! Don't forget me.
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