You Know when you've been TANGOED!!
Trip Start Sep 04, 2012
47Trip End Aug 02, 2013
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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
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
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!!
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