February 2016
  • Day6

    Leaving BA

    February 7, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    We've had a lovely time, even with the side trips to the dentist, but it's time to leave the capital city. We are getting on a plane for 3.5 hours to fly to El Calafate and start the first Patagonia bit of the trip. Leaving behind the sunshine and heat for cool and probably rainy lakes and mountains.Read more

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  • Day5

    A bit of culture

    February 6, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Took a tour of the opera house - Teatro Colon - very grand & sparkly. And made from marble shipped from Europe. Among the best acoustics in the world apparently, so said Pavaroti. Then to the Museo de Belle Artes for some fine art. They're a very artistic and cultured bunch the Porteños (Buenos Aires-ians)Read more

  • Day4

    Steak and wine!

    February 5, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Our first parilla - Argentina grilled steak & obligatory malbec. And a walk home through Palermo which feels very like Brooklyn - and even has a bar to acknowledge the similarity! Just for Benj & Laura xx

  • Day4

    Street art of San Telmo

    February 5, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    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.

  • Day3

    The dentist (again)

    February 4, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    Having been to the dentist 4 times in the past 3 weeks in London... Lisa's teeth sprung a brand new problem the day before we left. It has been getting worse and progressed to pain on swallowing & reduced hearing. Luckily we had a recommendation for a dentist & an hour later (whole consultation in Spanish) we had a diagnosis of an infected wisdom tooth. We dismissed the two surgical options (the dentist agreed operating now was a big risk) and instead left with antibiotics & mouth washes. Clare now has to 'irrigate' the area with a chlorhexedine syringe every day. Yey! That'll be fun camping. Clare had to go to the pharmacy all by herself & buy the prescription in (pigeon) spanish! Not quite the adventure we had in mind.Read more

  • Day3

    Recoleta

    February 4, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Guided tour of Recoleta with Martín. Saw huge trees, lots of plazas, heard a lot of history and politics. Tour ended at Recoleta cemetery where Eva Peron is buried. Seriously wealthy people built themselves amazing final resting places. Temperature is climbing here but rain forecast for our Patagonia hike 🙁Read more

  • Day2

    Evening stroll

    February 3, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Went for a walk with half of the city in los bosques de palermo this evening. I can tell you that rollerblading is in big time here. Walked around past the zoo and saw flamingos, a giraffe and capybara. Then had 38 seconds to cross twelve lanes of traffic - but at least you get a countdown. Dry January finished on Sunday night but we've just started on our first bottle of Malbec (£2) and we are both a bit drunk on one glass each.Read more

  • Day2

    Gluten free gourmet

    February 3, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    One thing we did not expect was that Argentina would be such a gf friendly country. We are lunching in a lovely restaurant called Sintaxis where we can eat everything. So we are having pizza and empanadas and will take away medialunas and other yummy stuff for home.

  • Day1

    Orientation Day

    February 2, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    First real chance to explore the city. Went on the subway - which costs 23p per trip! Visited the cathedral but refused Clare's offer to take my photo with a lifesize Jesus on a donkey - people were queueing for the pleasure. Walked around the trendy skyscraper docks area. Had a very lovely lunch in Boca with (Lisa's) dad and Lynne then walked around the Costanera Sur ecological reserve. Saw a wild guinea pig, some lovely birds and a red haired tree. One whole area was roped off because of snakes but people were still picnicking there.Read more