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Thursday 2 May to Tuesday 7 May Checked back in at The Chill House in Buenos Aries (BA) straight from the ferry. All the previous gang had moved on - heading for pastures new with their travels or back home. So it was time to meet a new gang. On reflection it does feel strange how you develop these friendships with people so quickly, start to get a sense of community with them and then you or they leave. It's quite sad in some ways and you always wonder if you'll get on as well with the next set of people. Weirdly though, it always seems to work out and you find new friends and repeat the process all over. On the night of my return I knew Roberto, who woked at the hostel, was supposed ... read more
View down Rio de la Plata
Row Row Row Your Boat
Taxi Anyone?


We arrived in Buenos Aires (BA) less than a week after local boy Jorge Bergoglio was appointed the 266th pope, becoming Francisco I. Posters around the city streets and magazines proclaimed "Dios Eligió a un Argentino!" ("God chose an Argentinean!") In the few days since he had been appointed already street vendors were selling posters with images of the new pope. The square outside the national cathedral was decked in banners with the Argentinean colours, billboards, posters, film crews and large screens. All of this was in preparation for the Pope's opening address scheduled for that evening. With nearly 14 million people, BA is big - that's London and New Zealand's populations added together. It is set up in a huge grid pattern with various significant neighbourhoods (called "barrios") with different characters. By extreme good luck ... read more
La Boca graffiti
Pope time
La Boca


I originally planned to take the bus over the Andes from Chile to Argentina and stop in Mendoza for a few days on the way to break up the journey. However, roadworks meant that the crossing was only open at night, and so I would see nothing of the scenery, so I settled on the slightly pricier but faster option of flying direct to Buenos Aires. On arrival at the hostel, I met up with Alice, a lifelong friend from back home who was undertaking her own round the world trip in the opposite direction. It was great to see Alice and an ideal opportunity to exchange notes - she had just completed an excursion in South America, taking in attractions such as Machu Picchu and the Salt Flats of Uyuni and was heading to New ... read more
Casa Rosada, Buenos Aires
Alice tucking into her steak at La Cabrera
Colonia del Sacramento


Wednesday 24 April to Tuesday 30 April (Buenos Aires) Refreshed after a good sleep, my full Buenos Aires experience begins. After my first day in the city, next stop was Recoleta to see some of the cities major tourist attractions and landmarks. Heading north I passed through parks containing historical monuments and pieces of contemporary public art, before reaching a bridge over one of the main arterial roads. The bridge, covered in political statements and graffiti, led to the Centro Municipal de Exposiciones. Passing this dominating building I entered the Plaza Naciones Unidad to see the Floralis Genérica shining in the sun. Designd by Eduardo Catalano in 2002, this piece of public art is a giant sculptural flower with petals that close up at night (well, at least when it's functional) - a gift from the ... read more
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Well here it folks, I have officially fallen further behind on this blog than I have on the little amount of homework I constantly neglectJ I have two really awesome trips to write about, so I figure I can make this entry a daily double and talk about them both! The first happened 2 weekends ago when everyone from my API study abroad group traveled to Buenos Aires for the weekend! The second was this past weekend when a couple friends and I traveled 12 hours south to a touristy city called Pucon. Both trips were very different experiences, and that just made them all the more fun! Our first stop on the Buenos Aires trip was through…Chilean customs and immigration. Our director told us when we first arrived that it is important for us to ... read more
La casa rosada
street art
Hiking at a national park in Pucon!

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South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires April 14th 2013

There are “stray” dogs everywhere in Argentina. I'm not even sure if they're strays at all, or if their owners just let them wander around like cats do because they all look healthy and fairly well kept. Cuba also had lot's of stray dogs, but they were definitely strays, and there were a lot more of them. So it's different in Argentina. And there's a lot less of them, actually. While waiting for the airport shuttle bus in Bariloche, I got approached by a stray dog. Not an unusual experience, and when you ignore them they usually go away right away. This dog trotted up, sniffed my backpack, and then.... lifted it's leg!!! WHAT?!?!? Luckily I reacted quick, and moved my bag and startled the dog just enough that he didn't manage to pee on it ... read more
In-flight snack box
Speed is proven to help you stay awake...
From Cristian's apartment

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires April 1st 2013

From Iguazu it was a 19 hour overnight bus ride to Buenos Aires. I had a full-cama seat which means it reclines about 80% flat. It was quite comfortable and I managed to get some decent sleep on the way. Buenos Aires has a pretty cool vibe about it. It has a good balance of everything - lots of sights and activities, a good night life, and lots of places to eat a good steak. I had a few of those. It's a big city but you can walk around most of it providing you have the fitness and motivation. I spent my first couple of nights staying in the Palermo district which has lots of nice cafes, bars and restaurants. It's where BA's middle class tend to live and hang out. I then moved over ... read more
Recoleta cemetery
Colourful La Boca
Colonia del Sacramento

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires March 18th 2013

Moving to a new country for a year....and still be on the road the last four months, I know some will not understand me. Leslie and Tiffany have no started a new schoold year, nearly a month ago, and everything is going pretty well. Leslie is improving seriously fast with his castellano, Tiffany, it's something else. And as we have been here for long enough, everybody feel only normal to speak to me only in castellano...don't they say the best is to practise as much as you can? I loved the comments of the Mums at school the first time they saw me after the summer holidays. The question being...so, are you really leaving end of June...or are you staying? Well....somewhere deep inside me, I wouldn't mind to stay..but there is a lot, and enough to ... read more
Puerto Madero
Galeria Pacifico
Congresso

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires March 11th 2013

We arrived in Buenos Aires on Friday morning (8th March) exhausted after the 12.15 hour flight, though I now feel as though we can't complain as we have already met travelers who have spent much longer than that on a bus, (we will be joining them soon!). After checking in we went straight out to orientate ourselves walking up to the Plaza de Mayo where the city cathedral and Casa Rosada are located, this is where President Kirchner has her offices and the balcony to the left is where former presidents including Juan Peron and Evita would have preached to the masses. We then went on to the lovely new Puerto Madero area made up of 5 dicques lined with trees and cafes, lots of parakeets around pretending to be pigeons, this area now has some ... read more
Floralis Gernerica
casa rosada plaza de mayo
La Bombonera stadium

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires March 10th 2013

The nightbus trip from Cordoba to Buenos Aires exceeded my expectations. Not only did the bus not break down this time but we were presented with possibly the biggest meat, cheese and cracker platters I've ever seen. No red meat for the rest of the year after Argentina I reckon now. When the bus arrived into Buenos Aires I thought it would be sensible to follow the majority who seemed to be getting off. Fortunately a friendly local called Luis told me I was getting off too early and should stay on the bus for the town centre. Turns out he works in museums and was involved in the Che Guevara museum I had visited so he provided some tips on places to see and museums to visit in Buenos Aires which was of great help. ... read more
Rosario - presidential palace
Puerto Madero bridge
Zoolander pose




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