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Argentina - Buenos Aires

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After a 14 hour flight to Dubai, and another 14 hour flight to Rio, we had a 1 hour pit stop before a 4 hour flight to Buenos Aires..it was a mission but Emirates were great, the time flew by.

Buenos Aries, the 'European' capital of South America, it delivered. We had the weekend to explore the city prior to our 5 days of Spanish lessons. It was quiet in the city due to the weekend and the fact that most BA people escape the heat to the beaches however we walked most of the city with a local who showed us the sights. Great French and Spanish buildings.

The following 5 mornings of Spanish were ordinary, aimed at beginners the class seemed to cater for the Brazillian Portuguese speakers and brainy boffins. Lucy did ok, I almost got nothing out of it!

In the afternoons we did some sightseeing, Recoleta was great, we hired bikes, saw the fascinating cemetary and spent a lot of time in our local haunt, San Telmo. The Pizza in Argentina is not great, but our favourite one was from UGI's, they are basic but cheap delicious. We should have had more!

The Sunday market along Defensa St was well worth checking out as was the local Tango in Plaza Dorego. La Boca was also good, if you head there though make sure you stay on the main streets, it's a dodgy place.

We were introduced to Empanadas (little pasties crammed with ham/cheese/beef/chicken or tuna), Dulce de Leche (caramelised milk which we became a little obessed with) and Alfajores (2 biscuits with dulce de leche in between). It was almost impossible to miss the many Havana stores (Argentinian style Starbucks) our favourite drink being a submarino - hot milk with a chocolate bar melted into it, and the Freddo ice-creameries lining the streets! Our favourite flavour...yep, Dulce de Leche!

Next up, a boat to Uruguay....Colonia Del Sacremento.

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Posted by TheNomadWay.com 17:00 Archived in Argentina

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