Buenos Aires – November 22nd, 2011.
It’s another struggle to get up. I think its sometime around 11 or so I get up. Not a bad effort considering I got back when the sun was shining. I run into a few boys who are still on a bender. I get away as quick as possible. And head over to the supermarket for some juice.
Its then a jump on the subte line to get to El Congresso. A pretty impressive building. Somewhat based on the congress in Washington D.C The plaza surrounding the square is pretty cool too. Except for the hordes of dogs that are about.
I then head on down Avenida de Mayo and make it to the impressive width of Av 9 de Julio before heading back down to the Plaza de Mayo to check out the Cabildo and Casa Rosada. Mainly to get some photos of them. I walk around the back and get lost up a side street. But end up past the Nacional Colegio. Where there seems to be a bevvy of fine, young Porteñas.
I skirt round the back of the Casa Rosada and end up walking down Avenida Florida – the main shopping street of Buenos Aires. I then head down Lavalle which is also a Pedestrianised street and find the Parilla al Carbon. Which has cheap and fine meat. I go with the Choripan which goes down a treat. An Argentine Sausage that is absolutely delicious and extremely cheap at about 9 pesos.
Its back up to El Obelisco where there seems to be some kind of Occupy Buenos Aires – as there was a small tent city. Before stumbling back to the hostel for a siesta.
A few hours later and I’m awoken to the beat of pounding drums, singing and chanting. A quick look out the window and its absolutely packed with people who are staging a protest against the rising cost of public transport (from about 1 peso to 3 pesos – which is still under a dollar). Watching that is a pretty cool way to end the day.
Its then onto the hostel bar – and happy hour. It’s a bit disappointing that one cannot bring in drinks but that’s life. It’s still pretty cheap to buy beers there anyway. I ditch going to the ‘club’ but still don’t get any shut eye til about 3ish.