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Published: October 4th 2018
BA! The end of the road for us and what a road it has been!
We haven't been in a city of this size since Lima which was about 7 weeks ago and getting used to the size and modernity was a good way of easing our way back in to normality.
We stayed with a university friend of Anna's in Palermo, north of the city. Staying at Fernandos was helpful for the budget, not only for the accommodation but also to be able to cook and it was also nice to reconnect with him.
In the afternoon that we arrived we took a bus in to the central area and from there we walked around various sites such as Plaza Mayo and the waterfront. BA resembles a European city and at times some of the buildings looked exactly like in Paris. It's completely different to the other capital cities in South America we visited.
The central area was nice and fans of architecture will enjoy the various diversity of buildings.
That evening we went to a restaurant and had a very big meat dish for at least a third of what it would most probably cost in the UK.
Argentina supposedly has the best beef in the world.
Warning for vegans and vegetarians: this blog contains references to and pictures of meat!
The next day took us to the old town of San Telmo which had a very nice square to sit and watch some Tango buskers in the spring sun. We had a lomito (steak sandwich) lunch which was good but they tend to overcook the meat here and you have to make sure you ask for Rojo.
We then continued south to La Boca, an area known for its colourful buildings. The colour comes from a tradition of when a boat was painted, the painter kept the leftover paint for their place. The area is nice but only confined to a few streets as the area around is considered not that safe for foreigners like us.
It's quite geared to tourists and there are several restaurants with tango dancers as entertainment.
Day three saw us exploring the huge area of the public parks which was just up the road from us. We had lunch in a new area where restaurants occupy the arches of a train bridge/track.
Anywhere in these parks you can watch the
dog walkers walking on average 6-8 dogs at once. There was even a park with a dog area that had about 50-60 dogs and only 4 dog walkers! It's quite a common sight among the suburbs of BA.
The final night we went for dinner with Fernando to the night life area of Soho. This area has many blocks of places to eat and drink and is the place to be, especially on the weekend. We had one final steak dinner which was cooked to perfection and tried to forget the fact that our trip was over with a bottle of Argentinan wine.
We really enjoyed BA, it has very different areas to visit and has a nice feel to it. We were thankful to have Fernando to help guide the way and bring a little bit more of an authentic feel.
This only leaves one final stop in Bogota for a day and then back to the UK!
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