|Posted by Gary & Lynette Landy on November 20, 2012 at 7:50 AM|
Buenos Aires, well what a cosmopolitan city. It surprised both Gary & I just how much like Paris & Rome it is....very stylish clothing stores & antique shops are everywhere near our hotel. We have 3 nights here at the Sofitel & whilst the rooms are typical for what is usual for Europe, i.e. on the smallish side, the hotel is very stylish & lovely to stay in.
I would have to say that Buenos Aires was probably the one city on our tour that didn't excite us, before leaving home. How wrong we were! It is so different from what we have seen of Chile, Peru & what we have seen so far of Brazil & other parts of Argentina.
Last night our whole tour had dinner at a Tango restaurant, eating local food & being able to watch a Tango & Gaucho show....to say it was awesome would be an understatement. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take photos during the show.
Today, we are off to learn a little about Eva Peron, however all our individual tours are in jeopardy as today there is a strike happening here that is anticipated to have a least 50% of the population involved in it. So, who knows what will be open or what tours will be affected. The reason for this strike is the dislike of the current President Christina Fernandez Kirchner, and what she is wanting the change here in Argentina. The economy here is particularly crappy - locals are not allowed to "buy or save" US dollars which means the exchange rate can vary between US$ 1 = 5 to 7 Pesos, as locals see far more value in having American dollars than their own currency. This is great for tourists who have US dollars as some great bargains can be negotiated.
We were warned as we arrived in Buenos Aires that it could be classed as the pick pocket capital of the world....there was some suggestion that perhaps they have a university course to learn it, as it is very slick! An example would be, a very small amount something wet being dropped on you (to imitate bird poo) & a couple of very well dressed locals come to your aid to assist in the clean up of your shoulder......they then pick your pockets. We were given a number of other examples which were all equally slick. To avoid being "stung" we were told to make sure everything (backpacks, handbags, cameras etc) are always kept in front of you & if approached for anything, just to keep walking....do not stop! If we abide by these simply things, all should be fine. So far it has been.
None of this should. Put anyone off coming to this fabulous city!
Categories: 2012 - South America