You Know when you've been TANGOED!!

Trip Start Sep 04, 2012
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Trip End Aug 02, 2013


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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Buenos Aires was next up! Famed for its football and its tango!! One of these I excel at..............and I used be reasonable at football aswell he he!! Ba dum ba tssschh!!! We left Buenos Aires bus station after a long old journey from Bariloche, and witnessed some of the most aggressive women taxi-driving you have ever seen to get us to our hostel! Good work love!! A bit of a 'nothing' first day here...had a wander to 'Plaza de Mayo' thinking it was some shopping mall.....it wasn't. So we wandered back and got our 20th McDonalds of the trip so far (bat fastards!!) and didn't do a lot else that day.
Soon after that was my 21st birthday, so, to celebrate, we went to.................a GRAVEYARD!! Rock n roll!!! It wasn't just any graveyard I should add, but 'Cementerio de la Recoleta' graveyard, where Evita is buried. She was apparently instrumental in her role as the 'First Lady of Argentina' until her death in 1952. Anyway, it wasn't all about her.....even though it took us bloody ages to find her 'spot'.....but the reason it's so famous is because rather than just having headstones here, they have...like...marble 'rooms' in some cases, where you can peak inside and actually see the coffins. Eeery. Often, whole families are buried together in their own little vault or room, which I suppose is kinda nice. Some of them are very elaborate and they must cost a bomb!! Weird morning. A birthday treat that evening came in the form of Argentinian STEAK - talked about as possibly the best in the world! Maybe we set our expectations a bit too high, as someone told us you could cut it with a spoon!! You certainly couldn't do THAT with ours, nevertheless, it was a bloody big, bloody good feed!!!
Next up here was a short trip to a place called Caminito, famed for its colourful street buildings and lively market atmosphere. It was very touristy but at the same time, was slap bang in the middle of a sh@thole of an area so you couldn't wander too far from the main part! We had a walk around, I took loads of terrible photos of buildings and sat down for an expensive hot chocolate and a bit of a tango show!! The music stopped, then they picked on two idiots in the (not so big) crowd to come onto the stage for a bit of a photo shoot in some top tango poses!.......Those idiots were were obviously us two!! Kala was up first and was quickly thrown upwards onto the guy's shoulders (he MUST have been strong ha ha!) and then I struggled to hold up the woman in some awkward position! A bit of fun eh!
The afternoon saw us stroll to where the university was for a laze around in the park near to an iconic 'big metal flower' statue which was ok. It was just as the park was in a nice, peaceful state and others were also chilling out, that this soon changed!! The invasion of the CHINESE!!!! I thought we'd got rid of em now but no.....THEY'RE BACK!!!! A bus stopped somewhere and they all piled out and charged over to the flower! There was only about 10 of em but they definitely know how to make a scene at a very average tourist attraction!!! And just as it goes, they charged over to near where we were sat!! OT OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!! Bored with taking photos of the flower (after about 10 minutes!) they sought somet else to amuse themselves with.....and sure enough, 'Chinese man posing with the reverse 'V' sign with his fingers with two white people' seemed good enough!! So he jumped on the floor next to us.....in his SUIT....while all his mates shouted stuff at him! They all then managed to get hold of Kala for a 'team photo' which, as annoying as they are, was a cracker ha ha!!! A funny bunch!!
The city itself feels like its got everything in a fairly short radius, despite it being huge. The very modern CBD neighbours old, listed buildings that still retain their class and charm, that again, sit amongst the graffitied, perhaps poorer areas to add a very 'arty' feel to the city. Despite some areas being less developed, the street graffiti adds a real dimension of character, particularly among the streets of San Telmo, where we stayed. We saw a bit of all three the next day before I left that evening to go and see River Plate play Arsenal (not our Arsenal, obviously). I went to meet the guides for the trip....."Hi, I'm Paula, and this is Ryan, the other guide!" Hey that's nearly my name!! Everyone got on the bus and Paula preceded to tell everyone that basically don't take ANYTHING in to the ground except a camera, because you'll get it confiscated. "If you have a camera with a square battery in it, thats fine. If you have one with alkaline batteries in it, take the batteries out and put them in your shoes until you get through the gate....!!" Nice weapon tip, Paula!!! Jesus!!! We weren't in the end with all the nutters, but were close enough to feel the atmosphere they created which was class!!! Very noisy throughout the match!! There was ticker tape, loo rolls and all sorts being thrown about to add to the cauldron of noise! They love their footy over here!! It was 1-1, by the way and the standard of football was tosh!!
After Buenos Aires, we got to our final stop in Argentina, Puerto Iguazu, to see Iguazu Falls. We've been told that you have to see the falls from both the Argentinian side and the Brazilian side to get two different viewpoints basically. The Argie side was more of an 'up close and personal' view of the main part of the falls, 'Garganta del Diablo' which means 'Devil's Throat'. The power was immense! We got soaked in the process aswell!! The remainder of this side offered two routes - a lower and an upper route, where you could enjoy various other views of the hundreds of different waterfalls on offer there!! It was simply stunning! And there was a bit of wildlife to boot aswell, with us spotting a crocodile, a couple of turtles, black vultures, humming birds, badger-type things (called 'Coati') that pinch your food and (at the risk of sounding like a jessy!) hundreds of beautiful butterflies!!
The border crossing to the Brazilian side was ridiculous!! Once we got our 'out of Argentina' stamp, the bus just carried on straight though the Brazilian border and into the town of Foz de Iguacu. Cheers driver....didn't want a Brazil stamp anyway!! Clown!! We were in Brazil.....illegally..!! So renegade!! So we had to get a friggin bus BACK the the border, to then ask for a stamp for the country where we've just got to the border from, to then get ANOTHER bus back in to Foz, where we stayed!! FARCICLE!!!! Any road, the Brazilian side was just as spectacular, and gave a more elevated view of the falls. A few quick facts.....the waterfall system consists of 275 individual falls, the highest one falling a total of 82m, and it has the highest annual average flow of any waterfall in the world - 12,750 cubic metres per second! And as an added extra, the X Games were being hosted there, which is an annual 'extreme sports' competition, so we got treated to a bit of BMX and skateboard half-pipe MAGIC!!
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Chrissie on

Amazing pics as always. Hope your both ok and still having an amazing time still? Xx

paulandkala
paulandkala on

Ah thanks hun! Yes we are still having a great time thanks! I messaged you on facebook a week or so ago, I'll send it again in case you didn't get it! xxx

Dave&Julia on

Still following your travels, looks ace in South America.
Wet and cold wind here today - it didn't spoil the ride though!
Have you hired any bikes yet? I expect the roads there are a bit hectic for a potter around on a bike eh?
Best regards

paulandkala
paulandkala on

Hi Dave. We hired bikes in Argentina but they were only cheap mountain bikes (my brake cable snapped on it!) hope you're well! The tour should be more interesting this year with Wiggins v Froome in the same team!

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