Loved Buenos Aires

Well, first a quick update on Buenos Aires. It is a great vibrant city, with a variety to see and do, with great shopping and is a city I will have to revisit as soon as is possible.

The main centre for shopping is Av. Florida or Av. Santa Fe. All the shops you could possibly want, all at great prices because of the currency exchnage rates to the pound. I enjoyed a few days wondering around buying things to bring home!

Also spent some time in Palermo, the Covent Garden of BA, plus stayed in San Telmo, a bit more Bohemian and more like Camden in London.

Watched spontaneous tango demonstrations in the street and enjoyed some great food. Missed out on many of the museums and sights due to lack of time, plus didn’t get to go and see a football match, but I guess it just gives me more excuses to return!

View the photos of street tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Buenos Aires

We left Ushuaia this afternoon on route to Buenos Aires, technically my last port of call before I head back to the UK. We met a Irish girl in the airport who had been in the hostel we had stayed in on our first night in Ushuaia. After landing safely in a rather comfortably warm BA, we headed to the same hostel as her, which thankfully had room, as I hate having to locate hostels with spare beds in big cities whilst wandering around with a backpack.

We are considering disappearing off to Iguazu Falls tomorrow for a few days. Everybody I have talked to has said it is a must see. There have been so many places that I “must see” in Argentina and I guess I have missed a fair few of them. It means therefore that I must return here, not that I mind though. I love this country!

Before leaving Ushuaia this morning I spent a short time in the Maritime Museum. They interestingly had a couple of small rooms dedicated to the Falklands War. To many in Argentina it is a sad history of pointless loss of life based on a failing military government out to win an election, who embarked on a conflict with the British based on a set of islands that the British had been secretly trying to give back to the Argentines for years. A large memorial to the sailors that lost their lives when the Belgrano was sunk is also in Ushuaia, plus the maps you see normally claim the Falklands, or Islas Malvines as Argentinian. I find it ironic that Margaret Thatchers government won the next election off the back of that successful campaign. It will be something I think I will read more about when I return home as I find it quite an interesting subject.

Anyway, not much to report, apart from the fact that I am safe and well and staying in San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina! Yeeeeah!