Argentina - South America
Buenos Aires, (1/3 of Argentina's population live in metropolitan area), Argentina's (Also the Southern Hemisphere's) largest city and capital also leading centre of government, commerce, manufacturing and culture.
It lies on the west bank of the Rio de la Plata, 240 km from the Atlantic Ocean.
Buenos Aires has many fine buildings, wide streets and beautiful parks.
We arrived in the middle of the night and had to wait till about 6 am to catch the #86 public bus from outside of the Airport to the city centre.
We did not like the Hotel we were heading for, but soon found a suitable one, the El Cabildo Hotel (Lavalle 748, ph/f (54-11) 4322-6745), which turned out to be an older hotel, very central, reasonably priced and the staff very obliging and helpful.
Soon after our arrival Hui Chin arranged a a city sightseeing tour and we got to know the town pretty good this way in a very short time.
Amongst the many interesting sights of Buenos Aires, we seen the Cathedral, the Avenida 9 de Julio, (One of the widest street in the world), the Plaza de Mayo, (true centre of B.A.), and the nearby Pink Palace, (Where "Evita" and Peron spoke to the people, the Plaza de la Republica, with it's Obelisk and the colourful La Boca and Camini districts.
Hui Chin and I enjoyed our stay very much in Buenos Aires.
We liked the city's very European look and feel. We enjoyed the night markets on the streets all around us. Spent long time watching the skilful artist at work on the streets, the many and very cheap internet excess. (Although internet access at Buenos Aires was the best priced and many of them around, in general access in Latin America was much cheaper and easier find than in the U.S.A., where we found it very expensive and much harder to find.)
We are looking forward to visit the city again.
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