Big smelly city part 2

Trip Start Apr 17, 2006
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Trip End Jun 14, 2006


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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

In Recoleta, the posh bit of town, there's a massive cememtery for the rich and famous where the graves were more like miniature mansions (why build such ostentatious monuments to the dead?!). All kinds of top Argentinian celebrities were entombed within, including Evita and all the presidents who got named after streets (or was it the other way round?). They were all kept company by a large gaggle of suspiciously gregarious cats (what were they planning?), some of who were even black, presumably introduced to enhance the macabre effect.

I also saw a giant mechanical flower that opens and closes wirth the sun just like real ones, and went to the old Colon Theatre, an opera house dating from Argentina's early twentieth-century heyday, built in the grandest style using marble from all over the world and taking about twenty years to put up. Sadly the modern art museum was closed on a long-term basis, although at least it had the good grace to follow the trend and be housed in an old factory. I found another one to go to instead.

I met up with Maria Jose again to say a final goodbye. It had been fabulous to see her again so unexpecedtly (shame Leandro wasn't there too) and meet her sister, a really nice stroke of luck. Maybe one day we will even encounter each other a third time. Anita took me out for a farewell dinner, which she insisted on paying for as she wanted to be invited to my wedding. Anita, it was a pleasure to meet you and thank you so much for your kindness - I hope we stay in touch, and maybe meet again one day should I ever get married!

On the last day, I cycled my way to the airport along the worst motorway of the trip by far, nearly killing myself in the process. I was stopped by a policeman who said the following: "Bikes aren't allowed on the motorway, and there's cameras, so we'll spot you if you try, but there's no other way to get the airport so off you go." This is the sort of attitude I like. Not what you expect of a police officer, I'd have said.

And that, folks, is all.
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