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// SEPTEMBER 2015
Go, on va,
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Chuy

Buenos Aires


28th of September 2015
Necessary co-traveler for…difficult travelogues!!!

The small winter interval, with fainted shades of springs, in Chile, was eventually over and in a very good mood we went to the airport, so as to catch the flight which would bring us to last part of our journey.
This last part would start from Buenos Aires, from which, with a rental car, we would try an eight days travelogue in four different countries: Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil and Uruguay.
In the past, we had moved by car only in Argentina, but the other three countries were still “terra incognita” for us.

Our flight with KLM was scheduled for 11 o’clock in the morning. We arrived at the airport, returned the car and passed through the familiar procedure of interrogation and distrust, during check-in_ «where are you going to and where are you returning from». While searching to find our boarding gate, I had the inspiration to ask if there was a shop selling GPS. We did find a very small shop and we bought a GPS Garmin, with maps of the whole South America and quite a few of Central America which we did not have. Am I being comical, maybe, if I mention that during the whole flight I was thinking how we could possibly combine Costa Rica with Panama and the Caribbean Islands?



An emergency deal…

Our, rather quick, flight, which offered us beautiful views to the Andes, led us to Buenos Aires. At the Arrivals, the representative of the  Baires Rental Car, was waiting for us and he gave us the car, along with the papers that would allow us to cross the borders. Since we didn’t have any pesos, we exchanged American dollars with him and took all his 40 pesos.
Getting out from the airport, we realized that we still didn’t have enough pesos to pay for the parking and the tolls till our hotel.
So I did the unthinkable:
I asked the guard if he wanted some dollars and how much money he had on him. The man searched all his pockets, took out 70 crumbled pesos, I gave him 7 dollars and the…deal was done.
The exchange was based on the prices of the Black Market, which we had in mind since last February and also on my generosity. Meanwhile, as it was proved, things had changed. After arriving at our hotel, Christos managed to find Argentinean pesos in the black market with equivalence: 1 American dollar to 15 pesos…


A successful choice?? Yeah, fat chance!!!

The longing, with which we arrived at our hotel, disappeared, when we went to our room. The room 208 seemed like a poor relative to the room 304, in which we had stayed in February. Very small, with strong signs of wear and tear everywhere, with broken the toilette lid and the door of the fridge, without kettle and facilities for preparing coffee, a far cry from what we had experienced last winter, it had nothing from the luxurious and exceptional aura which had fascinated us a few months ago.
One could probably ask: Is it so important after all? It is only an overnight.
But, for us, who travel so often, the feeling of familiarity and the return to known places are very important things, really…
They are so important, that, during our journey’s plan, we had decided to devote a whole afternoon to Buenos Aires, so as to enjoy the hotel which had fascinated us a few months ago, sacrificing another destination in its favor.

I tried to bring things to certain normality and therefore I went down to the reception, asking for all the facilities that this room did not have. And they were many!!!

What I got was a very polite, but adamant no less, answer which was not negotiable.

«We have booked a suite».
«Those are our suites».
«Yes, but last time the room was double, although it wasn’t even a suite, since had booked only a simple room!»
«It just happened»

Yes, of course…

And with the way it happened this time, what a… fat chance to a successful choice I had!



In the oldest neighborhood of Buenos Aires…

We did not allow to this fact to have an effect on our good mood.
We had a whole afternoon ahead, so as to enjoy a beautiful city. Of course, it was our third time there, but always there is something else that you still want to see, another place to visit or to revisit even.
We decided to spend some time at  San Telmo and to end up at Puerto Madero for dinner.
San Telmo is the oldest neighborhood in Buenos Aires.

It is a well kept area, characterized by colonial buildings and little paved roads, which are often full of artists and dancers. We walked around in between the cafes, the tango halls and the shops with the antiques, we took photos and then continued towards  Puerto Madero, It is located at the shores of the river Rio de la Plata and it is a hot night life spot in Buenos Aires, the last years.



The Argentineans, influenced by places like Docklands in London and Darling Harbor in Sidney, turned the empty storehouses and the rusty boats to an area with luxurious houses, offices and restaurants.
Searching around, we found the Johnny be good.
We had a beer with tit bits and made a toast to our friends, Fotis and Maria, who had discovered it a month before and had recommended it to us. We completed our dinner with BBQ Ribs, a really delicious dish, so huge, that it was impossible to eat it all.

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Date: 2015
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Cities: Thessaloniki, Istanbul, Singapore, Auckland, Rotorua, Napier, Auckland, Rarotonga, Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Rarotonga, Papeete, Bora Bora, Mo'orea, Tahiti, Papeete, Easter Island, Santiago de Chile , Puerto Varas, Valdivia, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Posadas, Puerto Iguazú, Foz do Iguasu, Santa Maria, Brasil, Punta del Este, Montevideo, Colonia Del Sacramento, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Thessaloniki
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Country: New Zealand
Date: 2015
Route: Around the world
Cities: Thessaloniki, Istanbul, Singapore, Auckland, Rotorua, Napier, Auckland, Rarotonga, Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Rarotonga, Papeete, Bora Bora, Mo'orea, Tahiti, Papeete, Easter Island, Santiago de Chile , Puerto Varas, Valdivia, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Posadas, Puerto Iguazú, Foz do Iguasu, Santa Maria, Brasil, Punta del Este, Montevideo, Colonia Del Sacramento, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Thessaloniki
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