26.01.2011 24 °C
So, I completely blew my budget in Buenos Aires. But it was worth it, I had a blast. Sadly I now have to massively cut down on my spending so no more bife chorizo for me for a while, which is good news for the Argentinian cows anyway.
Being the goal-orientated individual I am, I managed to see a lot of Buenos Aires in the week I was there, in fact I saw pretty much all I wanted to by day 6 and was ready to move on yesterday. If im not packing lots in I dont feel like im "experiencing" somewhere to its fullest, and I think im one of those travellers who enjoys moving on from place to place every few days. But reflecting on this perhaps it means Im too transient as a person...I recognise this trait in my life at home too so perhaps a challenge while im out here should be to deliberately take time out to slow down and get rid of my itch for constant "newness" and stimulation. Although, the spreadsheet itinerary wont really allow it...dont know if im ready to let it go just yet
One negative of moving on quickly between places is you leave cool people behind and its quite emotionally tiring to keep getting to know new people although one massive positive of travelling alone is you make more of an effort to do this. I´ve spent a lot of time with Brazilians over these last two weeks, not sure if it´s because there have been loads of them about or if I naturally gravitate towards them. Maybe a bit of both. I changed hostels halfway through my time in Buenos Aires and ended up in a really fun place sharing a dorm with 7 brazilian girls. I really loved it, they were all really girly and open to have a laugh even though we had some language barriers! I also met up with a girl from Buenos Aires who my friend put me in touch with and she was absolutely lovely. We shared so many stories of life in England compared to Argentina over good food and then took a strole around the parks of Palermo. It seems we were both equally curious of each others culture and both have the desire to keep travelling for as long as we can. I´m finding Argentinians very friendly too, am slowly getting used to the way they speak out here and i´m scoring points when I tell them im from Manchester and prefer City over United which always leads to a passionate response about Tevez.
So I would recommend to anyone to visit Buenos Aires if they can. Beautiful city with gorgeous buildings, plenty of history, passionate and friendly inhabitants, large parks, sensational tango, good food and a rocking nightlife. I didnt really get any sleep in my time there, partly because I was doing too much and also it was soooo hot and my second hostel didnt have air con.
Today I took a flight to El Calafate which is in the very south of Argentina in a region called Patagonia and its much cooler down here which I really welcome. As i flew into the airport here and saw the scenery I knew that this place was going to satisfy my hunger for natural beauty; the backdrop is spectacular. Im staying in a smaller, funky and very friendly hostel but just want to sleep so not being too sociable tonight. Tomorrow Im going to do some glacier hiking and see the Perito Moreno before moving up to El Chalten for some hiking.
Missing people from home lots x