. I filled in 2 forms – one with my details and one with payment details for the $157 an emergency passport costs (the thieves made nowhere near as much out of this as the British and Irish governments have)– and was told to come back the next day at 9am to pick up my document. Just like that. Easy. I was at Hard Rock within an hour, and settled in with a beer and some fries, with no clue how long Kevin would be – he was sceptical that the Irish embassy would be very efficient. Well, an hour later he arrived having only taken 2 hours and he already had his passport in hand!! A couple of beers and some fatty American food later we left and walked back to the hostel. On the way we decided to stop in at an opticians to see how quickly they could make up glasses – Kevin lost his glasses in the robbery and was a little worried about driving without them. We thought it was a long shot but the guy said he could make them up by 4pm the next day and as our bus to Bariloche was booked for 7.30pm this was perfect! Everything’s looking up, you can’t hold us back.
After I had collected my passport the next day we used our second unexpected day in Buenos Aires to be very efficient. We bought the camping stuff that we were originally going to buy when we arrived in Mendoza so we can still do what we planned to do in Patagonia. And we picked up Kevin’s glasses so we can still rent the car.
Just 4 days after some scum of society felt he could take our stuff and nearly ruined the last 5 weeks of our 'long holiday’ we are back in business. We’ll only be arriving in Bariloche 2 days behind schedule and our only change will be that we will no longer drive to Ushuaia because my Emergency Passport won’t allow us to go through Chile and back to Argentina without a visa. Ironically this might actually turn out to be a better plan as it saves us money on the rental and gives us more time to see the national parks in southern Patagonia!
We were on the clock as soon as we arrived in Buenos Aires. We wanted to spend as little time here as possible and get back on track with our Patagonia plans, and we were literally on the clock as our bus arrived late and my embassy only opens from 9am-1pm. We took our bags to the hostel and then without even changing after our night bus left again. Luckily both embassies were both relatively close to each other so we got a taxi half way, arranged to meet up at Hard Rock Café (which happened to be in view from where the taxi dropped us) at any time and went our separate ways. I had a false start because the symbol on the map in the LP is wrong but I quickly worked out where it was. From the side I approached it the building looked very unimpressive, you couldn't even tell it was the British Embassy because there was no sign (if you approach from the other side there’s a massive sign!). I was in there for 45 minutes and never dealt with anyone but reception and didn’t see another Brit. I thought it was a bit crap that no one had the slightest interest or sympathy about what had happened but I guess they see this stuff all the time