When we first decided to include Argentina in our Around-the-World itinerary, I had little expectations of the country, primarily because I knew none of its history. I didn’t know what the people were known for, what they were like, the living conditions, nothing. I, to my embarrassment, assumed it would be much like Brazil. So after spending four weeks in Brazil, hearing from everyone how we won’t like Argentina, the people are mean, the city is ugly, everything is expensive, my expectations dropped even more. Yet when I arrived here, walking around exploring the brilliant European influenced architecture, taking in the plethora of monuments to San Martin and other important Argentinean figures, and seeing the smiling faces, I felt more at home in just one day than I did in my entire month in Brazil. I no longer had to look over my shoulder constantly. Perhaps it’s because I’ve already spent so much time in Europe that the familiarity of it all is making me feel at home here, but it’s a wonderful feeling. From my first day here, my heart has just been happy, despite how sick I’ve been. The weather is abnormally gorgeous for this time of year, everyone we have been has been so incredibly helpful, and as I have mentioned in past posts, having a couchsurfing host to provide us with a home when we arrive makes a world of difference (Thanks Gerardo!)
We did two walking tours both by Buenos Aires Free Walking Tours, which I would highly recommend to anyone coming to the city. The first began at San Martin Plaza, and covered many of Argentina’s architectural gems and provided so much history on why the city has such a European influence, which is a fascinating story. The second began at Congress Plaza and covered much of the city’s political history and growth. It was the perfect introduction to one of the largest city’s in the world!
Then of course we did the must-do’s, visiting Evita’s mausoleum in La Recoleta Cemetery, making our way to the colourful area of La Boca (the only time we were cautioned to be alert of our surroundings) and my most favourite, taking part in an Argentinean cooking class. We made empanadas, lentil stew and alfajores all from scratch at a very fun and entertaining class hosting by a lovely woman named Norma. Definitely the highlight of my time in Argentina, which I have no doubt my friends and family will be thankful for as well when I make it for them!
Finally, no trip to Argentina would be complete without a proper ‘futbal’ game! Now I opted out of going to an actual game, mostly due to the price and the renovations I’m currently having done at my rental property back at home, but I did make it out for the now infamous Boca vs. River rivalry game that turned to chaos. To say Argentineans love their soccer just as much as Brazil would be such an understatement.
I have just arrived in Iguazu Falls, which will be our final site seeing before we head off to South Africa for an entirely new experience. I seriously can not even imagine what the next week holds for us, as this past week has been so incredible.
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