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Buenos Aires

Back in the city

overcast -30 °C

After arriving back in Buenos Aires, we promptly managed to lose each other for 45 minutes somewhere in the subway under the city. Nice one. After getting hot and flustered we eventually found each other and checked in at our new hostel. We had a wander round the streets nearby, saw some cool buildings and spent hours looking for a bookshop.

The next day we went to Recoletta, which is the rich district of BA. Its also where they bury rich dead people. Recoletta cemetary is huge, its like a village- and all the tombs are like mini houses, no wonder the price of a grave here is the same price as a house. Some tombs are really old and smashed in with the coffins falling about all over the place inside, and some are ridiculously ornate with statues decorating the crypt. Its crazy.

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So after the cemetary we walked around Buenos Aires' art museum, which had stuff by Van Gough, Picasso, Monet, Rodin- etc. Best of all- it was free to get in, which is always good. Then we went and saw a huge metal sculpture of a flower that apparently closes up at night like a real flower. Good stuff.

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And then yesterday we explored the center of town. Had a look at the Casa Rosa, where some bird called Evita did a load of speeches, saw a Cathedral, and then got soaked with rain when the skies opened. We dashed from shop to shop until we got to some big shopping mall that also houses a load of art (look at us, culture vultures!), with painted ceilings and stuff. It was proper posh in there though so we didnt buy anything, just looked round for ages in hope the rain would stop. It didnt. In the end we had to leg it to the subway, only to find that it wasnt working. What a bummer. We had to walk all the way to our hostel, and got soaked to the skin. When we got in, BA was on the news, and Palamero down the road was so flooded that people were up to their chests in water. Crazy, it was fine outside our hostel. Anyway, thats that- today were off to see Tierra Santa (holy land), which is apparently a huge fibreglass recreation of Jerusalem, and it sounds hilarious.

Posted by St Martins 08:25 Archived in Argentina Tagged armchair_travel

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