Argentina

We left for Buenos Aires the following morning. It was like entering another world when we got there. Everything was so clean and European. A lot of streets could easily be mistaken for Gothenburg back home. We took a walk to Florida Street, a big shopping street, with Nina and David to get something to eat. We went in to a couple of stores along the way, but it was really expensive and we didn’t find anything we liked. We had a nice dinner and went back to the hotel.

The following morning we had a new city tour. First we went to Plaza de Mayo, the main square. We looked at the Cabildo (town hall), the Metropolitan Cathedral and of course the Casa Rosada that seats the government. It’s most famous for it’s balcony where Evita used to hold her speeches.

We went through San Telmo. Until 1888 San Telmo was a river port, today it is a very luxurious place to live. The worker district of La Boca is a wonderful neighborhood in Buenos Aires. The houses are painted in different colors, the Italian seamen and dockworkers took what color was available at the moment. Today it’s a bit of a tourist trap, but it’s still very beautiful to see.

The really rich quarters of Buenos Aires is called Recoleta. The cemetery of Recoleta is more like a city with all big mausoleums. The streets in “the city of the dead” are lined with beautiful trees. It´s unbelievable to see how much money are spent on the dead. Most people visit the cemetery to see Evita’s grave, but we think it was all well worth seeing.

In the afternoon we went out for a while, but got back to the hotel to sleep a couple of hours before going to a tango show in San Telmo. The show was really great. It was one of the best shows we have ever seen. They were really passionate about what they were doing and it was so good to see. The dancers were extremely good! The club was really small so we were sitting very close to the stage, giving you that extra feeling. We would definitely go back to Buenos Aires just to see the show once more.

The following day we left the city for the Pampas. We went to a gaucho-ranch to get a closer look on what has built the wealth of Buenos Aires. Unfortunately it was extremely touristy and we were really disappointed. We spent the day riding horses, going by horse carriage, looking at the garden and houses, doing some BBQ and watched a not so good dance show. Jenny and Nina bought some shoes at the ranch before leaving.

When we got back to the hotel we took a walk in the city, mainly to get to the big flower at the university. It is driven by solar cells and opens in the morning and closes in the evening. It was really cool. We had a cup of tea at a café before going back to the hotel to get some sleep.

Our flight to Iguassu was cancelled so we had to go to Paraguay instead. It was a rather interesting morning. We got a quick glimpse of the country before we got into Argentina again. We had a really strange guide. Everybody were convinced that she was on drugs. Her English was poor and she was slurring all the time. She said the funniest things and was really weird.

The falls on the other hand were magnificent! On the Argentinian side you stand above the falls, having them at your feet. You are really close and it’s an odd feeling. You really don’t get it until you are standing on the Brazilian side seeing where you were standing on the Argentinian side.

We got really wet and took the train back to the bus before it got dark. Then we had to go through another border again. Jenny got six stamps in her passport that day-new record! Some times during that day we were not even sure what country we were in.

We were really cold and wet when we got back to the hotel (on the Brazilian side). We ordered some room service and went to bed.

Photos from Argentina