Saturday, 23 April 2011

Ugly, Uruguay? Not at all!

In our newly acquired tradition of adding countries last minute to our plan, and upon the insistence of Nuno2, we decided to take the boat from BA across to beautiful Uruguay on our way to Brazil.
A fairly small country, nestled among its giant neighbours, it does not seem to appear on most backpackers itinerary, but perhaps it should as it really is a lovely country, one where I could again imagine living (these liveable places seem to add on quite quickly during this trip... how will I ever be able to chose?).

Tango and more in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is the capital of Tango no doubt about it.
While preparing for this trip I packed a pair of shoes in the bottom of my backpack waiting for some dance lessons in Buenos Aires. I carried them on my back for many kilometres on South American roads and it was now time to reach into the backpack and let the shoes fulfill their purpose.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Long last meeting in lovely, liveable Cordoba

When I was 18, I spent a year in Kansas City, Missouri, in the US as an exchange student in Park Hill High School. A lovely and very useful experience that not only improved my English greatly (although in an Americanized way) and opened my eyes for the many dualities of the American society, but also created many friendships with some truly interesting people.

One of these friendships, with my closest friend during that year, was with a fellow exchange student – the lovely, fun and brilliant Natasha from Argentina!
Fast forward a couple of years, or rather 15, and here I am finally in Argentina and about to meet this beautiful friend again and experience the city that she talked so much about all those years ago, and which was the first city, outside of capitals, that I probably knew about in Latin America.

I present to you: Cordoba.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

A couple of extra days? Why not a short trip over to Chile???

After what felt like having run after time since somewhere in Colombia - as we had still so many places we wanted to visit before our only booked flight, out of Rio a couple of months later -, we suddenly found ourselves with too many days left before we needed to be in Buenos Aires. What to do?

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Mendoza: The best chorizo is not a sausage!


Next stop going south was Mendoza, where it felt like being in the middle of the countryside having some tasty meat accompanied with red wine, but the city is actually one of the biggest in the country.