So it might not of been the greatest start to Buenos Aires but luckily the best was yet to come.... Our Argentinian friends Juan and Leo (who we met in Rio) invited us over for an asado (Argentinian barbeque). The food was soooo good but by gawd do they like their meat ...and a lot of it!! As in the food just wouldn't stop coming ....it was like a Christmas Day food coma ...but WORSE!! We had originally all planned to go out after the asado but the 3 of us girls actually had to leave their apartment early to go to bed as we were all falling asleep! (Yep we're pretty craaazy!!!)
The following morning we did a free walking tour of Recoleta cemetery. (FYI - the most expensive place to be buried in the whole world!) To be fair the tombs are pretty spectacular ...but its not exactly a relaxing place to go to pray for loved ones...the daily intrusion of hundreds of tourists with flashing cameras is probably a bit off putting!
Irish grave at Recoleta
Hahaha soooo the next day we signed up for a bus tour of the city. Seeing as we booked through the hostel (we had moved to Milhouse at this stage!) we figured there would be other young travellers too. No no .. we were the only people under 60! The poor tour guide was drowned out by loud and angry Americans for most of the day. 'I can't hear you' 'Can you speak slower' and my all time favourite 'I can't see out the window'. One of the passengers left the bus after about 30 minutes as the bus was just 'too small' for him. With such fantastic entertainment on board the bus it was quite hard to take in all the facts ....but we did visit La Boca, the President's Palace, the Obelisk and some beautiful plazas. La Boca is an extremely colourful Argentinian neighbourhood renowned for it's tango shows and Italian taverns. It's also home to Boca Juniors, one of the world's most famous football clubs. We had planned on attending a game but after realising that quite a large number of people have been attacked and (some) murdered at Boca games we decided to give it a miss! ...plus the fact we don't actually like football!
That night a few of us headed off to Ultra Music Festival that was on in a local park. So we got into some festival getup and headed on our very merry way. (We quickly realised that it's just in Europe that people wear luminous rave gear and multi-coloured headbands, ah well I thought we looked GREAT ....plus it was much easier to track down the girls in their lumo tops!) The night was amazing - we went to Carl Cox, Knife Party, Armin Van Buuren and Afrojack.
After just 2 hours sleep we checked out of the hostel and got on our 20 hour bus to Iguazu Falls. Oh and just before hopping on the bus didn't I realise that 'someone' had frauded my credit card and was currently using it in Istanbul! (Ooohhh Juan!!!) It did cross my mind to mail the police again to say Juan Carlo's current location may have changed to Istanbul but I was very tired and hungover so I decided just to succumb to the defeat.
So anyway it was off to the waterfalls!! APPARENTLY when your beside the falls you feel really happy and giddy ...something to do with the negative ions in the waterfalls. (Blah blah blah ...) I didn't really mind what the reason was I was just looking forward to a few days of not being robbed! Whoop whoop! To be fair the waterfalls were actually UNBELIEVABLE! My pictures don't have the same impact as being there ....but here's a few anyway!
We just spent 2 nights here and did both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides of the falls which I'd definitely recommend. On the Argentinian side we took a boat that brings you right under the waterfall ....you get absolutely soaked but it's well worth it!!!
After Iguazu it was back to BA for another few days of mayhem! This time we stayed in the Palermo neighborhood ...it's so nice that we didn't even leave this area. There's fab cafes, restaurants, shops, pubs, clubs etc. so it really has everything you need! Our last few days there were mainly filled by us wining and dining at some nice restaurants and going to tango shows and a few crazy clubs ...so not much interesting facts to offer other than a few pics!