|We arrived in Buenos Aires for a much needed battery charge after jungle munching. We obviously had three primary aims: Tango, steak and red wine, not necessarily in that order (in fact, where possible concurrently). On all counts we succeeded considerably. We went to a tango show which was one of the most expensive ones, basically a tango equivalent of the West End. There are so many conflicting accounts of the best places to see it. Many shows are quite touristy but anything that is a show is going to be slightly touristy. The one we saw was excellent, a very slick performance with a band, singing and plenty of tango action. The highlight (at least in my acquired opinion!) was a dance with a slinky lady in her bedtime undergarments who was blindfolded by her partner and then commenced with some naughty tango love act – it worked on many levels, clearly a sexy spectacle but some of the acrobatic moves her and her partner were doing, whilst blindfolded, was very impressive. We also had a steak and wine meal so managed to tick all three things off in the first night. Efficient backpackers!
After this, we went to other shows all the way down the scale, including sitting in market squares and watching couples just tangoing in the street. I have to say, while the street and dingy bar acts are more rustic, if you want to see some good tango action then the big shows are the best. We met people who went to medium shows and they were apparently a bit tackier. Anyway, we have managed to eat some of the best steaks in the world and some very tasty wine every day we’ve been here and sometimes more than once in a day! It helps that a huge steak meal for two and a bottle of red costs about ten quid! Jingle bells! At the end of this red meat experiment we are starting to feel like this diet could not be extended indefinably, but it was a welcome dietary pit-top.
The rest of Buenos Aires is very pleasant. We did all the touristy sites, went to Eva Peron’s grave, which is much like the cemetery in Paris where people queue up to have a photo next to Jim Morrison’s grave, half of whom probably don’t even like the Doors, but it’s just become one of the things to tick off. There are plenty of parks to stroll down and also a plethora of old colonial buildings, the widest street in the world, apparently, complete with 15 lanes of traffic which is a pedestrian nightmare. As its reputation proceeds, it is very European compared to much of Central and South America. The architecture is not, however its selling point. It certainly isn’t as aesthetically pleasing as Rio or many European cities but where it wins big points is the general ambience of the place. Very spacious, laid back and friendly and a cool place to hang out.
We are now about to head down further south, towards Tierra Del Fuego, which is going to be a long cold slog to get there. We managed to find a camping shop here and have bought two very warm sleeping bags (actually Georgie frogmarched me to the camping shop!) as we are going to be camping most of the time and the fact that there are penguins down there must mean its a tiny bit cold!
Next beastie on the list is a Killer Whale...