Hola from Argentina!

3 September 2010

Well, we arrived in Buenos Aires two days ago and have only just managed to get an Internet connection in our apartment. I’m using Mike’s iPad as my iPhone will not cooperate. See, even in another country, technology is not my friend 😉

We arrived jet lagged, despite flying business class from Perth. Twenty-two hours of flying time and being up from all day on the day we departed caused that nasty feeling of walking around like a zombie and having difficulty making the easiest decisions.

Unfortunately we have hit several days of heavy rain … that at least cleans all the caca off the street, and boy there is a lot of it.

The apartment is fantastic : rustic, old and bright and roomy. I now know why there is no photo on the website of the bathroom – you wouldn’t get a camera in there. It’s the sort of bathroom where you have to step into the toilet bowl to close the door.

The area we are staying in, San Telmo, is like wandering around Paris, but faded and unpainted. it has the most amazing streetscapes of beautiful and ornate facades of mansions that are now apartment blocks.

Streets of San Telmo

We have discovered the beautiful Argentinian wine and the steaks that don’t even fit on the plate. For last night’s dinner, the steak came on a platter as it wouldn’t fit on a normal dinner plate; I finished just half of the poor beast.

It’s nice to be a country where the exchange rate works for us, most meals only costing about $30 to $40 for both of us (including wine).

The one downside is that I look like the Elephant Man. It seems I’m allergic to possibly the pillow on the bed. Mike’s fine, but I look like I’ve done a round with Mike Tyson. Not very attractive – don’t expect photos of me until I no longer look like a victim of spousal abuse. We had a Doctor do a house call as the anti-histamine we bought from the Pharmacia was not working.

Oh well, time to head out and brave the rain and dog shit. We work well as a team; Mike looks up for traffic, I look down for caca.

Adios

About Freoroamers

Richard has worked in hospitality and travel for almost three decades and has been a regular traveller since childhood. He now travels for both work and pleasure, and is a Senior Contributor to Trip Advisor and other digital media travel platforms.
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