Days 32 - 34: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Friday 25th October - Day 32

Ever since she first saw Argentina's 'eco-retreats' during our pre-departure research of South America, Kelly has been on the look out for one. In exchange for food and accommodation, these organisations ask for a little help maintaining their grounds and doing other jobs. Guests can also enjoy yoga classes and 'music therapy', all whilst detoxing on an alcohol-free vegetarian diet. So when Kelly found a flyer for such a place only an hour away from our hostel in BA, she booked herself in for 4 nights! As we found out at festival yoga classes this summer, I'm about as flexible as a teapot and the idea of being a veggie for 4 days makes me feel nauseas so we mutually decided it would be best for me to sit this one out and stay in BA. 

I fancied a change of scenery so we moved to a different district of BA called Palermo renowned for excellent restaurants, bars and nightlife. In the evening we had a delicious last meal together before getting an early night. 

Saturday 26th October - Day 33

Kelly had to get an early start in order to get to the hippie farm on time. You'd think we'd have been desperate to see the backs of each other after a month together but we both found saying goodbye difficult. So for the next four days it'll just be me writing on here - I'm sure Kelly will fill you in on her adventure via sensingsouthamerica.com. 

I spent the morning doing a few boring admin things on the computer and decided I'd put of my first haircut in SA long enough. Equipped with a list of phrases I predicted would be useful in a hairdressers, I took the plunge. With a lot of hand gestures and some terrible 'Spanglish' my rather camp hairdresser got the gist. I'm not sure how much hairdressers normally touch their customers faces in South America, perhaps its normal, but my chap particularly seemed to enjoy it. Feeling slightly violated but above all happy to have not been sheered like a sheep, I spent the rest of afternoon with a beer on the terrace. 

For dinner I dined with Anna and another Dutch girl at one of Argentinas most famous steak houses. For 79 pesos (about 6) I was presented with an enormous chopping board on which was sweet potato mash, chips, rice, grilled cheese, roasted onion and pepper, fried eggs and about half a cow. The meal induced a food coma and I was in bed pretty early! 

Sunday 27th October - Day 34 

What a beautiful day! El cielo es azul - the sky is blue (spanish is improving). Anna and I thought we'd check out a famous flea market in a district called San Telmo. We arrived at a large square with about 50 stalls all selling 'antiques' that ranged from vintage cameras to lost hotel keys. For about 45 minutes we wandered around the square and we were approaching what we thought was then end when we bumped into someone else from our hostel who told us that the square was just the start. Sure enough the market started at the square and continued down a single street for nearly a mile! Here the stalls boasted all sorts of weird and wonderful hand-crafted knick knacks (see pictures). Orchestras played in the street and tango dancers entertained tourists. Three hours after we'd begun we got to the end, our wallets a bit lighter than when we started! 

I spent the afternoon learning some Spanish and then Anna and I returned to La Cabras (the restaurant we went to last night) for another steak feast! 
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