Argentina
Partido de Lanús

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    • Day 98

      Racing Club v Sportivo Luqueno

      May 28 in Argentina ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

      After one day off, tonight live the football was back! This time to watch Racing Club, another of the big 5, play Sportivo Luqueno from Paraguay in the Copa Sudamerica (the equivalent of the South American Europa League).

      However, the match was not played at Racing Club's stadium, but two stops further on the train at Lanus' stadium. This was due to Racing's 50,000 seater stadium failing a pitch inspection, despite there having been no bad weather for an age. One thing we have noticed is that the standard of the pitches in most of these huge Premier Division stadiums have been terrible.

      So, we hopped in an Uber for 45 minutes to get to Lanus' ground, this time for a 9:30pm (!!!) kick off, on a school night. When purchasing our tickets we either had the choices of the 'popular' section or the away end. We therfore opted for the popular which was full of the most passionate supporters, including a man with no legs who spent the game climbing the perimeter fence. In fairness to him it was the only way for him to actually see the pitch.

      The atmosphere was probably the best we'd experienced as Racing cruised to an easy 3-0 victory. Not much else to say about the game itself!

      During the match we spotted a familiar face who by sheer coincidence came and stood next to us. It was a Czech / American / Canadian guy who was on our Bocs tour. He was probably a bit scared when a hooded Dan prodded him in the shoulder but he recognised us in the end!

      We then all shared an Uber back into town after the match, which got us back to our apartment at half past midnight. A late night but definitely worthwhile!
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    • Day 96

      Independiente v Velez

      May 26 in Argentina ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

      The game at atmosphere here were both pretty good, particularly the atmosphere from the two bustling popular sections behind each goal.

      Despite this, the away side went ahead after half an hour due to Independiente giving away a stonewall penalty.

      Just after the hour mark, Independiente equalised with a perfect backpost header across the goal, of the post and just about over the line.

      Despite Independiente continuing to push for an equaliser, this never came. Overall a very enjoyable experience, albeit pretty cold.

      We took an Uber back to our apartment and were glad to be back inside after 7+ hours out in the cold.
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    • Day 96

      Estadio Libertadores de America

      May 26 in Argentina ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

      Two games in 24 hours wasn't good enough for us, we wanted 2 games in a day and 3 in 24 hours! As soon as we could after the Huracan game had finished we took a 15 minute Uber further sound to Estadio Libertadores de America, the home of AC Independiente.

      Independiente are one of BA's big five clubs and nicknamed 'the King of Cups' due to the fact they have won a record breaking 7 Copa Libertadores titles (the South American equivalent of the Champioms League). Although the last one of these was in 1994!

      We'd been unable to buy a ticket for this game online, as for some reason the website wouldn't accept any of our cards. We knew however that tickets would be on sale at the stadiums neighbouring tennis club ticket office. It proved to be a tough task getting to the tennis club with police and steward roadblocks everywhere we looked. Helpfully, you could only get through these by showing a ticket, and the ticket office was on the far side of all of these obstacles. Eventually, after a few trips around the block and a police officer who didn't ask to see our ticket, we made it to the ticket office! At 60,000 pesos (£41) the tickets weren't cheap but this was expected as the prices were all online. Overall we were just glad to have a ticket as at times it looked like our mission to see the big 5 was in jeopardy!
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    • Day 32

      The Michelin Man

      January 7 in Argentina ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

      Aside from the sunny warm weather and wonderful people, one of the nicest things about Argentina is how affordable everything is for tourists. Despite having elected a new president who promised to get the economy back on track, inflation continues to soar and the peso's value keeps dropping.

      The peso, as I write this, is trading at just under 800 to the Canadian dollar, which allows Brenda and me to partake in luxuries that we wouldn't back home.

      For my birthday, Brenda invited me to Sacro, a Michelin Guide restaurant that has great reviews, and serves an entirely plant based menu. The ambience and decor was incredible, service was impeccable and the food was art on a plate.

      The entire menu is designed to be shared, and for starters, we chose three dishes. First was the seasonal cheese plate that consisted of Camembert and Blue spirulina and was served with kimchi, a creamy dill and lime sauce, sweet crackers and pickles. Then came the activated charcoal empanada, a pitch black pastry stuffed with mushrooms, and served with harissa on the side. Last, but not least was the Avocado Masala, a breaded half avocado served on a pool of curried yogurt with grilled potato flatbread. Needless to say, all were scrumptious.

      Then we moved on to the main courses. By this time, we were already getting full, but we soldiered on. First up was a bowl of sweet potato ravioli bathed in soubise (an onion based bechamel), and topped with grilled oyster mushrooms and funghi caviar. Next up was a peruvian inspired dish: Lion's Mane mushroom steak anticuchero style (marinated in vinegar and spices then grilled) served with Huancaino potatoes ( boiled potatoes in a spicy, creamy sauce made of queso fresco and grilled yellow pepper, red onion and garlic.

      You'd think that was enough, but NOOOOO! I had to have dessert, so we split a lovely individual Avocado lime pie made with condensed coconut milk and accompanied by candied pistachios. Mmmmm...

      Rather than stick with one wine for all these diverse flavors, we went with four different wines by the glass.

      This was probably the best dining experience of my life. Everything was incredibly creative, flavorful and pretty much perfect. There may be a return trip there before we leave Argentina.

      I'd hate to think what a meal like that would have cost in Vancouver, but including tip, Brenda spent $117.00 CDN to celebrate with me!

      Only four days later, we went for lunch at another Michelin Guide restaurant, Chui. The atmosphere there is much more casual than Sacro as it's located in a semi-open-air converted warehouse with brick walls, an open-air garden section and an open kitchen. The menu reflects the setting, serving more common dishes like tacos, sandwiches and pizza, all plant-based, of course.

      We started with a plate of wonderful grilled sourdough toast and a mixed mushroom paté, which although delicious, was very poorly presented. The first thing that came to my mind was one of the many stepped-in piles of doggy-doo we see on sidewalks here in BA. Please folks, put it in a ramekin next time.

      Next was a trio of Birria style tacos, cauliflower, cabbage, anticuchera sauce and avocado. They were quite delicious, if a little on the salty side.
      Finally, we had pizza, cooked in a wood oven and topped with sweet potato, pickled oyster mushrooms, basil pesto and cashew. This too, I found to be overly salty, but otherwise enjoyable. The crust was fantastic. Brenda didn't care for the flavor combinations, and, IF we return, we wouldn't order it again.

      I had a couple of Stella Artois to wash it all down and the bill was $36.00 CDN including tip.

      And so, four days, two Michelin Guide restaurants, and who knows how many calories later, I believe I may start looking like the Michelin Man himself!
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    • Day 155

      CA Independiente - Instituto de Córdoba

      March 5, 2023 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

      In Buenos Aires ist es einfach Pflicht Fussball zu gucken.
      Ich glaube wir haben keinen Reisenden getroffen, der in Buenos Aires war und kein Spiel gesehen hat.
      Was die Atmosphäre und Leidenschaft angeht, gilt die argentinische Hauptstadt als das Non-Plus-Ultra in Sachen Fussball.
      Alleine in der ersten Liga sind 15 der 28 Vereine in Buenos Aires.
      Demnach fällt die Entscheidung auch nicht grade einfach, welche Clubs & Spiele man hier sehen will. Man kann locker jeden Tag ein Spiel eines Top-Teams schauen.
      Da wir aber nicht auf einer Fussballtour sind, einigen Beeke & ich uns auf ein paar Spiele, da sie das "Fieber" auch schon ein wenig gepackt hat und es mein großer Traum ist, hier Fussball zu gucken.

      Auch Argentinien geht mit der Zeit, sodass einige Vereine viel im Social Media Bereich machen und man dort viele Infos zu Tickets etc. bekommt. Viele Clubs bieten mittlerweile sogar Online-Tickets an.
      Das schockt natürlich nicht so, aber man ist damit auf der sicheren Seite was die Karten angeht und muss nicht noch ewig vorm Stadion suchen.
      Hier muss man sowieso immer etwas auf Taschendiebe und dass man nicht in den verkehrten Blocks des Stadions landet, aufpassen.
      Aber da jedes Spiel hier extrem von Polizei gesichert ist und diese auch Touristen gewohnt sind, wird man oft einfach schnell durchgewunken ohne große Kontrollen.

      Somit stand direkt am Anreisetag schon der erste richtig gute Doppler an, welchen ich mir nicht entgehen lassen wollte.

      Zuerst ging es zu Independiente, die in einem richtig schicken 50.000er Ground spielen, welcher direkt neben dem Stadion von Racing liegt.
      Allgemein haben die Stadien hier noch einen richtig geilen Charme. Alte Tribünen, keine Dächer, große Kurven, steile Ränge und eine richtig gute Atmosphäre.

      Die Tickets für heute hatten wir uns dann schon Online gekauft, um keinen zu großen Stress zu haben.
      So ging es mit dem Bus in Richtung Stadion, was auch sehr gut und reibungslos funktionierte.

      Am Stadion war die Stimmung schon sehr gut, es herrschte Party auf den Straßen, an jeder Ecke standen Grills und die Leute feierten.
      Nach passieren diverser Sicherheits- und Ticketkontrollen konnten wir endlich rein. Es interessiert übrigens mehr, wo wir herkommen, als ob wir die richtigen Tickets haben.

      Auf der Haupttribüne angekommen, hatten wir top Plätze recht weit oben und mittig, sodass man einen perfekten Blick auf die beiden Hintertorkurven hat.
      Auf beiden Seiten stehen die Heimfans, da es seit einigen Jahren ein Auswärtsfan-Verbot, aufgrund zu heftiger Ausschreitungen in Argentinien gibt.
      Kein Wunder, hier ist ja mindestens jedes zweite Spiel ein Derby...

      Die Sonne brannte, die Stimmung wurde von Minute zu Minute besser, ein Traum für den Länderpunkt.
      Kurz vor Anpfiff marschierten dann auf beiden Seiten die "Barra Brava" (Ultras) mit diversen Fahnen, Trommeln und Trompeten ein.
      Es wurde das erste Mal richtig schön laut und das zu dem absolut geilem südamerikanischen Sound.
      Der hat einfach was und spiegelt eine fröhliche & ausgelassen Stimmung wieder.

      Die Stimmung blieb dann auch gut und es wurde immer mal wieder extrem laut, vor allem wenn alle Tribünen mitmachten.
      Das war schon echt geil was die hier abziehen.
      Die Trommler ballern die gesamte Spieldauer auf ihre Trommeln und die Atmosphäre ist einfach genial, vor allem wenn dann auch noch ein Tor fällt.
      Das Spiel ging richtig gut los und die Hausherren gingen durch einen VAR-Elfmeter mit 1:0 in Führung.
      Danach machten sie weiterhin das Spiel und konnten auf 2:0 erhöhen.
      Von den Gästen war nicht viel zu sehen, bis sie kurz vor Ende der 1. Halbzeit noch den Anschlusstreffer erzielten.
      Wenn man denkt, dass es nun ruhig wird, irrt man gewaltig. Dadurch dass es keine Auswärtsfans gibt, bekommt man kaum mit, dass ein Tor gefallen ist, denn die Fans machen stumpf weiter mit ihrer Stimmung.

      Nach der Halbzeitpause flacht das Spiel ab und es kommt, was kommen muss. Die Gäste erzielen das 2:2, was gleichbedeutend mit dem Endstand ist.
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    • Day 28

      Patagonien Roadtrip (Zusammenfassung)

      February 17 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Hier noch eine Zusammenfassung von unserem Roadtrip im Ford Ranger durch Patagonien 😊

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