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Published: April 11th 2010
Our day started off getting a taxi to the bus terminal in La Plata. Joined the queue to get tickets, joined the queue to get on the bus, and got on the bus and arrived at Retiro in Buenos Aires around 11am.
First stop purchase bus tickets to Esquel, for next week and then we found our way outside to the metro.
Easy to follow with maps everywhere and tickets purchsed in singles, cards of 10 or you can get a metro card. All the lines are underground with frequent trains, which are not jammed packed full on a Saturday.
We took two metro lines to find our way to China town which is on the end of a train line. You walk through this really expensive suburb called Belgrano cross the railway line and you could be in any China town in any part of the world. Shops full of stuff, supermarkets with fresh fish, chinese vegetables, unrecogonisable packets of food, and great restaurants.
We bought cumin and coconut milk and fresh ginger which is not really available from shops around this area, and almost purchased 2 passionfruit but balked at the price of 13 pesos.
there are many beautiful murals around the tiled walls on the subways lines and walkways
My persimmon was going to cost 2 pesos and you can get a bag full of mandarins for that, so left them there for another person to buy. They are grown in the north of Argentina where the climate is tropical, it is 30 hours away by bus, but that was a little pricey.
Had a nice meal, fried rice and stir fry beef, i ate with chopsticks, kinda feel bad eating rice with a fork nowdays after spending 12 weeks iin China it feels just not right.
Back on the metro and we off to get icecreams and wander around the Recoleta Cemetery.
First stop an icecream shop where with the 2 for 1 voucher we got this 3 layered concoction for 10 pesos each. You choose 3 layers of icecream and 3 layers of sauce or added bits such as little meringues or nuts. Very popular and very nice.
We took our icecreams and wandered around the markets of overpriced touristy gimmicky things and entered the cemetery.
this place is famous for its massive family crypts which are a 2 layered type of little stone house. It has a the front view which
Buenos Aires Metro
Most of the walls are tiled and there is little ventilation in some of the walkways
can have many coffins on shelves, flowers, altars, photos and other decorations and then there are steps to a bottom vault. Not sure how it is used as it was too dark to see into the bottom vaults. Crypts come in many types, some are sooooo ornate and some quite plain.
Of course most people come here to see the vault that contains the remains of Eva Peron, easily found and quite plain in comparison to some other the other vaults around it.
this cemetery is also famous for the many cats which are a little on the mangy side but seem quite well fed and easily come up to you if you look like you may give them something to eat.
anothe metro ride to us to a friends house for afternoon tea of dulche de leche cake and coffee and much conversation until we left at 9pm on a bus back to the retiro to buy our tickets for the one hour bus ride back to La Plata.
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