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Published: February 7th 2010
I loved the fusion of colours in room at the Hostel Inn, San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
I returned to Buenos Aires for the final leg of the trip after a slight delay with my flight from El Calafate. I was watching on the news earlier on in the day that BA is having a lot of rain and is on thunder/lightning alert!! I reckon that my final days will be doing BA "indoors". I checked into my hostel before wandering out to find an ATM and get something to eat. During my mission, the heavens opened and I gave up so I went to the local kiosk for some provisions and retired to my room.
The next day, after a good night´s sleep, I woke up to more rain and it was likely that my day would be doing "indoor" things. After chatting to some Canadians, Donna Lee and Andrea, over breakfast, my energy to explore more of the city returned and it has stopped raining by then! I ended up doing the following on my last full day of the trip! San Telmo
As my hostel is in this barrio, I had a wander round the neighbouring streets including Plaza Dorrego. There is an "antiguo" feel to the area especially the buildings and
The Bar Dorrega, San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
the cobbled streets around Plaza Dorrego. I saw old tram tracks and that trams used to run there in the past. I would imagine on weekends there would be a lively atmosphere. Museo Evita
I got the subte (metro) to Plaza Italia where it took me a while to find the museum. I eventually came across it by accident because the building is covered because of renovations and I accessed it via the restaurant/bar. I enjoyed the museum and found the exhibits including film clips and various objects were well presented. It was interesting to learn more about the social work Eva Peron did and was involved with. However, there are mixed opinions about her getting too involved especially with politics and causing controversaries. I simply feel that Eva wanted to give to those especially the deprived to make their lives more comfortable.
After the museum, I indulged myself with a lovely lunch at the museum´s restaurant. It was expensive (by Argentine standards) but I would pay a lot more for a similar meal in a similar setting in the UK. I loved how the food was presented. It was nice relaxing and taking in the atmosphere.
Map of San Telmo Jardin Botanico (or the Cats Sanctuary!)
San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
After lunch, I had a wander in the Jardin Botanico. I would have felt to have mistaken the botanical gardens for a cats sanctuary! I have never seen so many cats congregate, roam and relax in one place. I even saw the cats fighting over territory! I must have counted at least 30 cats and missed many more! As I am a big cats lover, I was in my element and did not mind having the cats for company! I enjoyed wandering and liked the layouts and such. It is a nice place to relax. However, the gardens are near to a couple of busy roads so it is not exactly a quiet place but I recommend it anyhow.
Otherwise, feeling satisfied from the sightseeing, I returned to the hostel to relax and to reflect on what an amazing trip this has been!!!
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