Football, tango, steak, ice cream and dulce de leche...
...these are a few of my favourite things about Buenos Aires. And that's just skimming the surface. I am totally in love with this city. I've never felt this way before. I might even go as far as saying that I think Buenos Aires is THE ONE! I've seriously been thinking about chucking in the rest of my trip and staying here for the rest of my time...life!
I have had so much fun in this awesome city. It's like being in Europe but with that distinct Latin American flavour. In fact, they say that Buenos Aires is the Paris of South America. Paris, Schmaris, give me BA anytime!
The first week here I stayed in hostel in the city called Portal Del Sur. It was a really cool place with a roof top bar and there was a great bunch of people staying there. Every night we would head up to the bar, have a few beers and then head out for dinner at around 11. Then head to a nightclub for some dancin' (we went to a club one night called Opera Bay, it looks like the Opera House!!)and roll on back to the hostel at around 6am. We were like the united nations, everyone was from different countires and got on really well. I can't help but think that backpackers should rule the world...ok, so probably nothing would get done, but I think the world would still be a better place!
After five really fun days together our little group started to break up as one after another moved on to other place. I decided to move on the another hostel then, a quiter one called Sandanzas in San Telmo, one of the older parts of the city, so that I could concentrate on learning Spanish. Which is not going as well I would like. My dreams of being able to speak spanish are slowly starting to fade as I realise that I am seriouldy crapola at learning languages, something I suspected before and have now confirmed! Thinking about just adding an o or a to the end of words and just hoping for the best! No, I am getting a little better, can at least understand mostly what is being said to me, although they speak so damn fast here I am constantly saying "despacio, por favor" (slowly, please). Just can't actually say anything back to them yet! My poor little brain is not coping with the fact that a table is feminine (a table is table!!), not to mention that fact that not only do I have to learn a whole new vocabularly, but also, most of the words change depending on who you are talking about! It's all very confusing! And if one more person says to me "by the time you leave South America, you will speak really good spanish" I am going to hit them!
As for the afore mentioned favourite things...
Let me start with the football. I went to see a Boca Jnrs (one of the most popular teams in Argentina) game at Boca stadium. It was their first home game of the season so the fans were pretty pumped. I have never seen anything like it. The fans sang, chanted and danced the entire way through the game. I had no idea what they were singing, but I made up my own words and sang right along with them! The atmosphere was just amazing, out of this world, they are so passionate about this game and their team!
Tango. Is huge in Buenos Aires. Everyone is doing it. The tango festival was on last week and there was lots of dancing all of the city. I've taken a few classes and it's a really, really cool dance. I even bought some tango shoes. (Couldn't help myself, lets face it, it was going to happen at some point along the trip!)
Tango at Plaza Derrego, San Telmo
Steak. Bife de lomo. Amazing. I don't know what they are feeding their cows over here, but the meat here is unreal! And so cheap! You can get a really good steak for around 12-16 pesos ($5-8 aus) Am definitly getting my daily dose of iron! Oh, and the vino tinto (red wine) is just as good and just as cheap.
Ronan and I decided to order two huge steaks and share them...so believe it or not, but I had a plate full of steak just as big!
Ice cream. Otherwise known as Helado. Yum. They sell it by the kilo and I've taken to buying 1/4 kilo cups. It´s more economical.
Dulce de Leche. A really yummy caramel spread. Have it every morning for breakfast on my bread rolls and pastries. And is also one of my favourite ice cream flavours. Hmmm, between the ice cream, the dulce de leche, the pastries, and not to mention all the beer, I may come back twice the girl I was!
This is just a glimpse of what I have I been seeing and doing in BA...I coud go on and on, but I dont want to bore you!
They had a mini carnaval in BA...nothing like the Rio one I´m sure but fun all the same. Everyone runs around with cans of shaving foam type stuff spraying each other. I got totally attacked, not sure why, but every little evil child there was spraying me...I had my own can though so I got the little creatures back! It was lots of fun.
The gang at Portal Del Sur on the roof top bar.
Recoleta Cemetary. Basically a mini city of dead people! This is where you will find the remains of Argentina´s rich and famous. All of the mausoleums are three stories underground. Two of them belonging to very wealthy families are even big enough for the families to hold mass in. Crazy! Oh and kinda freaky is there are lots of cats hanging around...
The colourful houses in La Boca. This is a very poor and supposedly dangerous area of BA, it´s made very clear that you should not go here at night.
They are mad about Che in Argentina!