Plaza Dorrego

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  • Day3

    San Telmo

    March 12, 2017 in Argentina

    Nachdem wir gemütlich mit Laura und Max (Max kenne ich aus der Schule und die beiden sind seit Oktober auf der Südhalbkugel unterwegs) einen leckeren Kaffee getrunken haben, haben wir uns ins Getümmel von San Telmo gestürzt. Hunderte Flohmarktstände mit allerlei Krimskrams, Straßenmusik, viel Sonne und und vielen Menschen. Nach ein paar kleine Errungenschaften ging es ab nach Palermo....

  • Day11

    Buenos Aires

    March 1, 2017 in Argentina

    The bus ride from Puerto Iguazu to Burnos Aires was 17 hours but felt like 5! National express and Megabus take note! We had fully reclining wide seats and two meals served, including wine! Films were played, thankfully the first few in English, but I think I followed Mission impossible 4 well in Spanish! Outside the windows again was an amazing show of lightning as the days tropical storm continued. For about £60 well worth it.

    We arrived in a bustling station, ducked into the metro where we struggled to get subecards to travel freely in BA. The locals have no English. We're going to have to pick up our Spanish game. There was a lot of simple spanish, miming and laughing at the gringos.

    We chilled at our new hostel and explored San Telmo a little. The area has an authentic feel with european like architecture thats a little rough around the edges. Walk a few meters down what looks like a run down street, and you come across a craft beer pub/ restraunt/ shop. If you don't look you might miss them. We ended our night with a treat. Steak!! We went to a local house called La Brigada, and it was amazing mouthwatering steak. Will have to survive on supermercado food and empanadas for the rest of our stay though!
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  • Day19

    El Zanjon

    March 6 in Argentina

    As I was getting ready for my trip to BA, my pal Jean Hyams told me that I “must visit” El Zanjon in San Telmo. She described it as a house, in which there had been archeological excavations, revealing tunnels underneath. While this description is 150% correct, I don’t think that I really understand what she meant. But, confident in her recommendation, we put it on the agenda.

    We arrived at 2:45, for a 3 pm tour. We rang the bell. A few minutes later, someone cracked the door open and told us to return at 2:55. Really? It seemed a little odd, and made me think of the Wizard of Oz turning away Dorothy and her pals. But, ok. So, we strolled around for 10 minutes, bought some candy that we were told was yummy, and returned at 2:55. At that point, there were about ten people gathered for the tour. The door opened, and we stepped inside to a large brick structure. We paid for tickets and waited for our guide.

    At 3:05, a guide arrived and began telling us the history of El Zanjon.

    The land originally sat just off the port, but had routine problems with flooding. To remedy the problems, the owners of the property on which the mansion was built, and the owners of the adjacent properties, built a series of tunnels and cisterns below the properties, into which the water collected. Over these tunnels and cisterns, huge mansions were built.

    The house called El Zanjon was one of these mansions — two stories, with high ceilings, and plenty of space for family and servants. The house was occupied by a single family from the mid 1800s until the late 1800s, when the family left to escape the cholera and yellow fever epidemics that spread across BA at that time. After the family left, the house became a conventillo, in which approximately 200 people lived with two bathrooms and a single kitchen. The structure continued as a conventillo until the 1960s, when it was abandoned due to crumbling.

    The structure sat abandoned until the 1990s, when a local wealthy businessman (whose family had made millions through owning a tannery) decided to buy it and renovate the building for a restaurant. At the time, San Telmo was still a poor neighborhood, but there were hopes for its resurgence. The restaurant would have been part of this move to gentrify the neighborhood. As the rebuilding of the structure began, the tunnels and cistern were discovered. Eventually, the gentleman who bought the building decided not to build the restaurant, but to instead engage in a private archeological dig, which would allow exploration of the history of El Zanjon and the surrounding area. Obviously, this project has taken decades, and has probably cost millions of dollars. The result is one of the first privately owned archeological dig, which has given us a fascinating look at the history of BA, not to mention a gorgeous building in which to wander. We all really enjoyed the tour.

    For our last evening in BA, we went to a much lauded restaurant called El Banquero. The chef, who worked at El Bulli in Spain, favors molecular gastronomy, in which each dish showcases the marriage of cooking and science. While the results were sometimes confusing, and never straightforward, many of the dishes were fantastically interesting. The first course was a trio of bites, which included a gyoza filled with alligator. One of the courses featured stewed llama meat, on a bed of three kinds of crispy quinoa — this was Arie’s favorite. My favorite was a riff on prosciutto and melon, where the prosciutto was made from cured llama meat and the melon was actually a sorbet. For one of the dessert courses we were presented with a “beet” on a bed of chocolate dirt. You used a spoon to crack the beet, and inside was a beet sorbet and creme fraiche — the taste was ok, but the presentation was fantastic. (I even got them to tell me how it was made, which involves using beet juice which is used to coat the inside of a balloon. Once it solidifies, the balloon is removed and through a hole in the bottom the chef inserts the sorbet and creme fraiche.). Kelly was a super good sport, as the meal — even for Arie and I — was at the edge, and we all got a great story and good meal.

    Hard to believe that we leave tomorrow.
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  • Day33

    Buenos Aires

    March 7, 2017 in Argentina

    Within the first ten minutes of arriving to BA, these two guys on my coach had already been robbed of their bags with their money and passports in. Luckily, I got a taxi from the bus station to my hostel so I was okay, but this instantly put me on high alert.

    When I arrived at my hostel I decided to try and work out what I'm going to do when I get to Torres Del Paine in Chile, as this requires some forward planning. With not all the availability for camping which I wanted, I think I have managed to book accommodation to hike the 'W' route. I'm so excited, this is one of the thing I've most been looking forward to when coming to South America.

    My hostel is by far the worst one I've stayed in South America so far. It's in a really good location and the rooms are actually quite nice but it just lacks any sort of vibe and is not good for solo travellers looking to meet people. Most of the people staying there just lie in their bed in the dark ALL day it's so weird. On the plus side though it was cheap, but I know for next time to not book somewhere on price but on atmosphere.

    Other than that, I'm loving BA and have managed to do the six things I wanted to do whilst there:

    1. Visit San Telmo market on Sunday and watch the tango in the market square which I loved (it felt like we had been transported back to the 1920s with all the music).

    2. Go to Recoleta cemetery and see Evita's grave - this place is eerie af and you wouldn't think a cemetery would be one of the must do things in any city but it was really good to see.

    3. Eat steak (parrilla) - this ended up being expensive but so worth it. I met a really great English couple in Iguazu and have been meeting up with them in BA. They described me eating steak as 'introducing a vegetarian to meat for the first time' which I found hilarious because they had to explain to me that bifo de chorizo was a cut of meat and wouldn't come out with chorizo on it.

    4. Visit La Boca, this really colourful neighbourhood in the south of BA which something I didn't want to leave without doing but the tour we went on was very disappointing.

    5. Go to La Bomba Di Tiempo on Monday night. Everyone who I've met that's been to BA raves about this so it was definitely good to go and see what all the fuss was about.

    6. Volunteer at Fundacion Banco de Alimentos - I've been planning to do some volunteering on my way round South America. This is a food bank in the suburbs of BA. I did two days of sorting food, checking sell-by dates and packing them into boxes for distribution and I really enjoyed myself (and met some really lovely people). For me, BA is a tale of two cities as there is a lot of poverty which you don't see in the city centre so it was interesting getting to know a different part of BA.

    Next stop is Ushuaia, the southern-most city in the world and the gateway to Patagonia. One of the things I have most been excited about this trip.
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  • Day16

    Grossstadt-Feeling in Buones Aires

    August 16, 2017 in Argentina

    Vili Stunde hei mer da scho mit Bus, Subte (U-Bahn) oder zFuess verbracht um die Stadt mit ihrne vilne Facettene kennezlehre! Zum Ässe gits da vorauem Burger u Pommes i jedliche Art u Form🍔🍟 DStadt isch voller Abwächslig, Farbe, Mönsche, Taxis, Lastwäge u Autos😉Zwösche au däm hei mr aber glich na paar spezielli Bewohner troffe....

  • Day38

    Der 3. doppelte Geburtstag

    February 8, 2017 in Argentina

    An dem 3. doppelten Geburtstag der beiden Beckmänner stand einen Flug zu den Iguazúwasserfälle an. Bei Ankunft hat uns die Hitze fast erschlagen, aber zum Glück hatte unser Hotel einen Pool mit Poolbar wo die Geburtstagkinder erst mal feiern konnten... der Große mit Bier und der Kleine mit Agua de Coco 🌴

  • Day5

    Bienvenidos en Argentina

    September 4, 2016 in Argentina

    Nach einem langen Flug sind wir gut und müde in Buenos Aires gelandet ☺️ Leider konnten wir unser Zimmer im Hostel nicht gleich beziehen. Der Markt gleich um die Ecke war aber ein guter Zeitvertreib und wir sammelten schon einige erste Eindrücke. Wir freuen uns aber trotzdem auf das warme Zimmer und auf ein Bett zum Liegen.

  • Day9

    Buenos Aires

    September 8, 2016 in Argentina

    Leider war das Zimmer auch arschkalt. Aber für die ersten 15 Stunden Schlaf war uns das recht egal und mit unseren Schlafsäcken zusätzlich gings. Zum Glück konnten wir dann doch noch in ein Zimmer wechseln mit funktionierender Heizung 😉 Die ersten zwei Tage verbrachten wir eigentlich damit, im Regen herum zu laufen, einen Innenplatz in einem der Hop on/Hop off zu erwischen, möglichst schnell wieder irgendwo hinein zu kommen oder mit schlafen. Ab dem dritten Tag wurde das Wetter besser und so sah die Stadt schon nicht mehr ganz so grau aus. Heute scheint sogar die Sonne und man kann im Pullover herumspazieren.
    BA ist riesig und wie uns der Guide von der Free Walking Tour bestätigte, wurde alles à la Europa gebaut, nur grösser. Natürlich besuchten wir auch mal eine Tangoshow am Abend. Auf der Strasse haben wir das sonst "nur" auf dem Markt am Sonntag gesehen oder in dem touristenüberlaufenen La Boca.
    Für uns geht es nun mit dem Bus weiter nach Salta (18h Fahrt, jepeee🙈)
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  • Day45

    Sista dagen i Buenos Aires

    November 21, 2014 in Argentina

    Imorn kväll tar vi nattbussen till Mendoza. Det tar ett litet tag, 15 timmar, men vi hoppas att vi inte märker av det så mycket utan mest kan sova.
    Nu känns det skönt att komma vidare (vi är lite trötta på lägenheten, har dödat 3 kackerlackor sen vi kom hit och städningen är det lite sisådär med). Men vi har verkligen gillat Buenos Aires. Staden är så färgstark på nått sätt. Och det finns så många olika stadsdelar som är helt olika varandra. Det känns inte riktigt som en storstad, det känns som man går från by till by i kvarteren. Vi bor i stadsdelen San Telmo. Det är den gamla delen. Ser lite ut som en gammal italiensk stad. Den är väldigt charmig. Alla restauranger och cafeer har så fin inredning, det är rustikt, gammalt, och massa tavlor och flaskor längs väggarna.
    Vi har hittat ett stammishak där vi kommit undan med billig lunch - empanadas. Som ser ut som och smakar som piroger, kostar ca 8kr styck. Vi har ätit kött på restaurang några gånger, tyvärr är inte köttet lika gott som vi föreställde oss. Man ser ofta folk går och bära på en termos och en kopp/vas med någon form av järnaktigt sugrör. Det är te de dricker, mate, vi ska försöka hinna med och smaka på det imorn:) Någonting väldigt bra är att vi inte haft ont i magen en enda gång sen vi kom hit - det är himla skönt tycker vi - hoppas det fortsätter så!
    Vi ses i Mendoza på Söndag! Kram Christine
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  • Day4

    Street art of San Telmo

    February 5, 2016 in Argentina

    Explored the cobbled streets and antique markets of the old town today, ate some chorizo & pumpkin and Clare got snap happy with the street art.

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