Alot has happened since my last post, let’s start where I ended off… Montevideo, Uruguay! Not much to do in this capital, we walked around and explored but this place was probably the worst capital city I’ve ever stayed in for the fact that there was absolutely nothing to do. Next we caught the bus to colonia which is west of montevideo and an hour ferry ride to buenos aires. Here we met up with a Jess and Kira (We originally met in punta del Diablo where I mistaken jess as a local and asked her where the atm was…. they are both americans) we hung out with them the majority of the time cooking different meals, going to the beach and discussing the importance of good travel karma. Jess is half costa rican so when jared and I would have a problem we went to jess for help and translation. The girls caught the early ferry to Buenos Aires and we ended up taking the afternoon one putting us in Buenos Aires just before the weekend.
We checked into the hostel and went to go get our American dollar exchanged. Everywhere we walked guys were yelling Cambio Cambio so we knew who to talk to for change. The whole process of getting the blue dollar is sketchy… you feel like you need to watch your back and you don’t know if it’s legal or not but everyone is doing it and there is alot of money involved in it. We’ve heard of fake bills and scams and all that stuff. Buenos Aires is huge for this stuff I’ve learned. A cab driver gave one of our friends a fake bill as change and he didn’t notice till the morning. Jared and I witnessed a girl get mugged from our taxi but everything happened so quick there was nothing we could do about it. Don’t get me wrong buenos aires is a beautiful city and I’m going back but it was one of the sketchier feeling cities I’ve been to.
This was Jareds last stop before flying home so after the weekend we decided to switch into an airbnb loft for 3 days. After switching to the loft on Sunday we were ready to attend the football match later that day. It was amazing to be a part of the crowd. It’s definitely the craziest atmosphere I’ve ever been a part of and I wish hockey games back home would be like that!
Every Monday in BA this group throws a drum session that was amazing to see. It turned into a massive party and was a good time with good friends. Jared and I also stumbled into a international good festival which was cool to see and we went on a 4 hour bike tour which showed us the rich neighborhoods, parks and a famous cemetery. All in all its a great city with alot things happening all the time. It wasn’t surprising to talk to some people thst were only supposed to be there for a week and turned into a month or longer.
Our last full day in buenos aires was st patties day. We started the day off with steak lunch at Don Julio. This place is famous for its amazing steak (some say the best in the city) after we crushed some steaks we headed to an Irish pub called temple and had some drinks with some friends including one friend that I met in Colombia on my last trip. Claire and I celebrated St patties day last year at an Irish bar in Medellin after we traveled to Guatape (if you read earlier posts you’ll find where we met and traveled together) anyway Claire has been living and working in Buenos Aires for the last year and it was perfect timing that we were both there at the same time during st patties. We already told each other this is going to be an annual thing.
The next day we recovered from our night out and all the beers, jared left me to fly back to Canada and I was catching a night bus to Mendoza. Which is wine country in Argentina, my time there was nice and relaxing, soaking up the sun and drinking cheap wine in the park.