Night owls

Trip Start Mar 07, 2007
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Trip End Oct 04, 2007


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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Argentinian buses rock!

We are spending slightly more time here than planned, to get the Brazilian visa organised, which of course is terribly hard for us to do, you´d think we were really busy or something! Nope just useless. Although we have´t lost anything in ages =) This experience has made me remember how frustrating it is dealing with bureaucracy (grrrrr, three trips down there), they only make it as hard for us to get in as we make it for them...
Travel tip = get your Brazilian visa here, it´s under $40 in Args compared to $90 in Oz.

We have landed at a really great hostel, with lovely friendly people, so we´re no too peturbed about staying the extra time. And as we´ve been boozing every night, getting onto Argentinian time - staying up til 4 then sleeping til noon, we need the extra time to see things during the day! We have become night owls quite quickly, and before we know it, it´s 2 or three in the morning, and it feels like 11. People don´t go out to dinner until midnight smetimes, and still manage to get up at 7 for work. I could never cope with this sleeplessness.

We´ve been spending some time with Simon´s mate Alia, who lives here with her Argentinian husband Diego. They are so nice and have been really hospitable showing us around, cooking for us - what a novelty to go to someone´s house for dinner!! Miss that stuff. She is teaching english here so is happy to teach us a bit of Spanish too, total bonus. We figured out why we´re struggling to understand people here, the ll and y sounds, previously ly and y have become sh. A llama is now a shama. Go figure! 

Tango is huge here, I know you know, but people actually move here, so they can tango, learn to tango, watch tango, practice tango, talk about tango - it´s crazy. When walking in touristy areas beware the glamourous women, Simon has been accosted several times by women throwing their fishnetted legs over him, I have yet to get a picture, but will try. Some of Alia´s friends are this breed of tangocrazypeople and are going to take us to see them dance, and to some other shows. Not really into this tango thing yet entirely, but might be inspired when we actually see some, we are hoping to do some lessons as well. stay tuned for the foot crunching. So, we went and saw a show and it was cool, they can move! No lessons as yet, it looked really hard and like it may take a lot of practice.

Diego invited us to his family´s Sunday Asado, an Argentinian ritual somewhat like the Aussie BBQ but on a larger & longer scale (and including THYROID - which was what Simon was offered in Mendoza and we thought was intestine. They also assured us it was very good). Diego's family were so lovely and hospitable, and we got the perfect dose of home and the Sunday dinner we've been missing so much lately.

This morning it was warmer in Antarctica than BA, can you believe that? I was a bit confused though, becuase it was 1 degree here, so if Antarctica was warmer wouldn´t it melt? We have spent the day traipsing and decided it´s time to leave BA, it´s far too cold and we´ve sent our warm clothes home. There is no incentive to leave the hostel which inevitably means laziness and boozing.

Bring on the Brazilian beaches...
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