BEEF, TANGO, JACARANDA AND PORTENOS
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
322Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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Where I stayed
san telmo loft
Journey: Adelaide to Buenos Aires- 13000 kms
Well the day had arrived at last; up at 4.30am for a 6am flight and Louis was kind enough to drive us to the Adelaide airport. Happily Qantas was back in the skies- a week before and we would have been stranded!
A change of aircraft in Sydney and we were ready for the 13 hour flight to Buenos Aires. It was too early to sleep and despite our efforts later sleep never came!!! Our selected seats 71A and B were great and the food was good so no compaints!
BUENOS AIRES- DAY 1
With clear instructions from our host at San Telmo Loft we cruised into the city of Buenos Aires along a wide highway where the fast crazy traffic was on the wrong side of the road and the high rise flats etc were in a bad state of repair. Sadly rubbish lines the streets everywhere and as a resident you just dump your plastic bags of rubbish in the street until someone comes by to collect it!
The lovely jacaranda trees were everywhere!
"PORTENOS" =the people of the port of Buenos Aires, which is the term for people who live in BA
Our accommodation booked through www.airbnb.com was fabulous; Angela was there to meet us with a big Argentinian hug and kiss on the cheek- we felt like old friends. Piedras 1694 is an old second storey house beautufully renovated, cool and airy with extremely high ceilings and the tallest doors we have ever seen.
Our room had an ensuite bathroom with stylishy polished cement floors and walls; the huge bed was brightly covered in pillows and linen and very comfortable. We had a cell phone and internet connection supplied. Wow this was a great deal for $40 a night.
We had to concentrate hard to hear all Angela told us about the house and keys,about transport we would use- taxis and buses, and what to watch for like fake Pesos100 notes!!!
We learned that she was an American, living in BA for 4 1/2 years and taking care of the 3 rooms here and another 4 in the property where she lived not far away and with November an attractive time to visit the city she was busy looking after travellers who were coming and going.
We unpacked and ventured into the streets to change money ((we were nervous that our jetlag might lead us astray), buy some groceries and have lunch. Defensa is an intersting street with old faded buildings mingled with refurbished restaurants and boutiques.
San Telmo is one of the most traditional "barrios" of BA and there is a European feel to the elaborate architecture; later on having explored more of BA we were happy with our choice to stay here because it has charm and energy and lots of sight seeing. The Plaza Dorrego is a happening place where we saw people dancing the tango, enjoying outdoor bars and restaurants and just elbowing their way around the streets to check out the shops etc.
The Mercado San Telmo is a genuine old market for fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and antiques etc that was a treat to wander and shop.
Anyway to continue the story of "DAY 1", we managed to change money at 4.2 pesos per US$1 which made things pretty cheap and we found a lovely traditional restaurant full of locals to have a pizza and beer but it was now 2pm and 24 hours since we had slept and the beer sent us a bit silly so we did a take away on the pizza and found our way home to be in bed by 5pm which followed our "prevent jetlag program" perfectly.
BA is 12 hours behind Adelaide so the biggest gap you can have for the worst jet lag!!!
It has taken me some time to get blogging underway because being a tourist takes time and the experience is the important priority. I am writing this a week after our arrival and have a lot more to share with you at a later date.