Avenida de Mayo

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.

El Congresso and the monument.

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.

Casa Rosada.

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.

Florida - the main shopping drag.

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.

El Obelisco.

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.

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