With my Handcuffs in Buenos Aires

Trip Start Jan 19, 2008
Trip End May 01, 2008

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Gotta say that Kat and I were both pleasantly surprised, after our travels around India, to land in Bue (as were affectionatly calling it) and find that its a very modern city. To be honest, apart from the relatively low prices, toasty warm temperatures, and tango shows in every other cafe, youd be hard pressed to tell it apart from any west European city this time of year.

Were staying in, what I believe is the cheapest hotel in the city - but once again, our travels in India have prepared us for much worse than were experiencing here. Our initial plan to scout out more favourable ho(s)tels has been overcome by our general lethargy - so were staying in the centrally located (on the main pedestrianized shopping street) Hotel ORei.

We spent the first afternoon in San Telmo - it was Sunday so the markets were in full force and after a bit of wandering we found a cafe and enjoyed the inaugural holiday beers!

Then we hunted out a cafe with a Tango show and enjoyed the inaugural holiday wine.

You really struggle here without Spanish as a language - Even in bars and restaurants the waiters/waitresses by and large dont speak English. Kat fortunately has a GCSE in Spanish and armed with her Collins Spanish-English dictionary were rapidly picking up all sorts of necessary phrases.

As I thought at some point I might need to explain that Kathryn was my wife I looked up wife in the dictionary - esposa. Brilliantly its the same as the word handcuffs - esposas.

Today weve been upto Recoleta (the rich bit), home to a pretty crazy cemetary stuffed full of impressive mauselea (if that is the plural of mauseleum?). After that we did a Lonely Planet suggested tour of the area. Kats foot started to hurt so we numbed the pain with bottle of wine numero dos before heading over to Puerto Madera (a docklands style development) for a late lunch. Now Kats resting her foot and Im typing this - in an hour or so were going to head off to find a restuarant with a tango show and Im hoping to get hold of my first Argentinian steak.
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