Hola my friends, how are you all? I hope all is well! I have been a little delayed with getting back to my world of blogging, but am now back to catch up and fill you in on all my on goings!
I have loads to catch up on and fill you all in on. The most important thing I want to share with you all now, is my awesome adventure to South America!
As some of you may know travelling to South America has been a goal of my ever since I became unwell with ME/CFS. The fact that I was able to get to this point and visit was huge!!! I will be writing about my adventure over a few posts, so let’s get started and onto the good stuff……
After a 12 hour flight, from Sydney to Santiago, then a 3 hour delay at the Santiago airport and getting to know it (spoiler alert it’s not that big), then our connecting flight of 2 hours to Buenos Aires, Argentina. We had finally arrived at our Destination! Welcome to BUENOS AIRES BABY!
Feeling very tired, foggy minded and only just managing to keep our eyes open, we jumped into a taxi and headed to our hotel in downtown Buenos Aires. The drive was an experience, but we were yet to learn that was nothing compared to the Bolivian drivers in La Paz.
Luckily, we arrived during the evening, so as soon as we arrived at our hotel it was heads to pillows. Due to travelling through 12 time zones in the opposite direction, our body clocks were all over the place, this lead to a lot of ridiculous early rises over the next few days.
The weather was mostly wet and rainy and it was the middle of Winter. Thankfully we invested in some waterproof windbreakers and made good use of them, by hitting the city and exploring the streets of Buenos Aires.
Some of the attractions and areas we explored were;
The colourful suburb of La Boca, worth a visit to enjoy the atmosphere and markets. If you’re a football fan this is definitely the place for you with this suburb being the home ground to the famous Boca Juniors.
Plaza de Mayo, the government square, usually there are protest’s etc. It appeared we had missed the on going’s, however when we visited, the riot squad were still lingering around.
La Recoleta Cemetery, the famous cemetery where the rich and famous are buried. This cemetery is located in the suburb of Recoleta, it is a lovely suburb to visit and looks a lot like New York city in the movies. The tombstones at the cemetery are out of this world!
Palacio Barolo, it has beautiful views of the city. It has a lighthouse on top of the building that is worth climbing up the tiny staircase and into as the city views are amazing. During this visit we enjoyed a tour of the building and this is where I started to really learn about the Spanish and their inquisition.
Puente de la Mujer Bridge, enjoy a walk along the river set among some lovely restaurants.
Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest avenue in the world. The road has 7 lanes running on each side, whilst also having trams and buses run through the middle.
El Ateneo Grand Splendid, the beautiful book shop that once was a theatre. Having lunch at the cafe on stage was a lovely treat, while admiring the beautiful store.
Floralis Generica and the Obelisk are also must see attractions.
One of my favourite things about Buenos Aires was the cafe culture. I don’t usually drink coffee, but I found myself indulging in coffee and enjoying the cafe culture the city bought. I have heard people say Buenos Aires is the Europe of South America and I can now see why.
Buenos Aires, you were a real treat, you were friendly and chilled out, you were patient with us while we struggled with our Spanish! You were the best start for the beginning of our South American adventure. You also introduced us to Dulce de leche aka caramel sauce (which goes on everything), Maté Tea aka yerba and proved that Argentinians know how to do amazing Steaks.
Until next time, Adiós Buenos Aires and Adiós my friends! I need to get writing about the next part of my South American adventure!
Ps: Here’s a couple of snaps below.
6 thoughts on “Hola Buenos Aires! – South America Part 1”
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Thank you 🙂
Your time in Buenos Aires sounded amazing! Reading this makes me want to go there.
Thanks Erin, oh it really was! I have a feeling you would love Santiago even more though! 😉
Lennea which is your favorite destination out of all that you have mentioned here. I am indeed a coffee lover and would love to spend some time at El Ateneo Grand Splendid for the love of reading. Do you have any idea, if they are open on the hate hours of the weekends too??
Thanks Celine, I think the El Ateneo Grand Splendid is open late and on weekends, but you would need to double check how late. I loved the vibe of Buenos Aires, just everything about the city I loved. Lennae xxx