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Sunday 11 Apr 2010
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires

  After a long journey from Dublin we finally arrived in EZE airport in Buenos Aires ready to embark on our South American Adventure! We were picked up by the Hostel Suites Florida shuttle bus and brought straight to the door of one of the biggest hostels in Argentina on one of the most bustly streets of Buenos Aires. At first glance it appeared quite big and impersonal but it was clean and safe and a perfect place to start off. On our day of arrival we just grabbed some lunch in a pizza place and got our bearings. We also went to Cemetaria Recoleta where Eva Peron´s grave is which was really interesting. Rather then traditional graves the coffins are place in little stone tomb houses and you can look in and see the coffins. It´s a bit eerie but really interesting. Unfortunately because we arrived close to closing time we had to leave before finding Evita´s grave but it was still well worth the visit. That evening we went to a famous percussion show in Buenos Aires called Bomba el Tiempo which was really cool but we ended up leaving early due to exhaustion from the journey. On day two we got up early to find that it was pouring rain so we decked ourselves out in our most tourist like rigouts and headed off with our map and lonely planet guide to Plaza Del Mayo, where we saw the famous balcony where Evita stood.  Afterwards we headed for the harbour which due to the rain did not offer much so we decided to maybe try something indoors. Sal Telmo, a supposably lovely area of town known for its lovely cobble streets, is home to the National History Museum. However, when we finally got there, it turned out to be closed and cobbled streets seemed to be few and far between. We decided to give Buenos Aires one more chance for the day and got on Line A, Buenos Aires oldest Subte (Subway) line down a few stops to a Cafe Tortelini, a famous Buenos Aires Cafe, where we had the best hot chocolate of our lives which in my opinion made up for the bad weather.

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