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279 days on the road…

Buenos Aires

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Buenos Aires is one of my favorite city in South America – ok, maybe after Cusco :) – I know that such comparison shouldn’t be made - but this might help you to get a small idea in complement of the pictures – as I already said, it remind me of Paris as well as a bit of Berlin while visiting Palermo barrio… All this with the Latin atmosphere and the heat!!!

At the hostel I came across Nicholas – whom I met in La Paz about a month ago – who kindly show me around the city, which he already new, before leaving for Australia. It was great to have a private guide, no many Spanish speaking but we had lot of fun! :)

Saturday we entered Casa Rosada, the pink presidential palace with the famous balcony where Evita use to appear in the 1940s. During the guided visit - all in Spanish! – we met Joan another Australian with whom we tried my second parrilla. Thursday I went back to Plaza de Mayo to try to see the weekly walk of the mothers and grandmothers to claim news of their children and small children missing during the dictatorship but I didn’t see them.  On Sunday we stayed in San Telmolovely area to stay, close to the main city center – and visited Plaza Dorrego and the surrounding cobbled streets with its famous antiques fair. We even spot two paseoperros - dog-walker, Catherine you would have love it! – while having a nice lunch :) Palermo neighborhood was my favorite! Maybe because it’s full of green parks… – we couldn’t visit because of a storm few days ago… :( Palermo Viejo, divided in Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood are home to trendiest boutiques and restaurants. No wonder why many expats have planted roots here! The colorful Caminito in La Boca area reminded me of the crowded Montmartre – made for tourist! - with as well as the painters, tango shows all around the place… Still it was lovely to see those colorful buildings! On the same day – a bit cooler! – we went to the Cementerio de la Recoleta. Fascinating to explore this extensive minicity with big statues, detailed marble facades as well as seeing the coffin, not buried into the  grave but just put down inside those little monuments! We followed the crowds and found Evita’s grave. After such a visit we had a nice rest laying on the grass in front of the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Pilar watching people and the sparrows before going back to our trendy hostel America del Sur – www-americahostel.com.ar – in San Telmo. I wanted to do a bike tour around certain area but because of the heat, I soon gave up! After Nicholas left, I went around the main city center walking on Florida Street – one of the main shopping street – having a rest at San Martin Plaza where you can see people taking the sun – as it’s so warm – before meeting Pablo from Coachsurfing and heading to BA suburb. Buenos Aires is a city where I could live… However, the heat is simply keeling me – I’m a bit afraid of Australia now… - so I guess I need to find another place! :)

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Alex, nous on se les caille en Europe! Muchos besos y un abrazo

J’ai bien pense a vous en voyant un groupe s’entrainer sur la place de Mar del Plata :) Now a Cordoba mais y fait trop chaud pour moi ici !

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