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Villa Gesell 27-28 Jan

Villa Gesell 27-28 Jan
Argentinian beach life! Great beaches and great hotel which kitted us out with the full kit we would need for a couple of days relaxation - parasoll, beach chairs and towels. This was an excellent way to holiday like the Portenos.. We saw many gorgous looking people and secretly wish they have had some help on the way to look like that!
The town itself was founded by a German named Gesell. He planted bushes so the sand would stop drifting and enable houses to me built (organized Germans!)
Aside from the beach we spent some time by the pool and did some serious travel planning which was when we came up with the brilliant idea to tour the country in our own means of transport! Let's hire a car! The start of a marathon 7000km road trip was about to begin!
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26 Jan - BOCA JUNIORS

26 Jan - BOCA JUNIORS
Despite what you might think the driving force behind our visit to the infamous Boca Juniors FC was Maria. Her sudden football interest was sparked by national pride! You see an important part of Boca history, that of why they play in the colour of shirts that they do, is down to the Swedes! Following a dispute with a local team that played in the same colours, Boca had to change colours. Someone in the club came up with the brilliant idea that the next ship's colour of flag would decide the colours for the team! Which country do you think the ship came from?..
The stadium itself is quite small and run down versus expectations (they have 80000 members)), when we were there the grass was being replaced as destroyed by Elton John concert the week before.
We even saw the changing rooms with the players jacussi, sounds more luxurious than it actually was, Kieran however took the opportunity to have a quick shower in the same shower that Maradona must have used.
Time to say goodbye to Buenos Aires again - back on the nightbus, this time to go south with destination Villa Gesell. A seaside resort 6 hours down the coast.
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25 Jan - Back in our new favourite city!

25 Jan - Back in our new favourite city!
Stayed in small B&B, two storey rooms with bed on top floor. We met Patricia from Sydney who was going on an exhibition to the Antartic.
Went back to Palermo SoHo
Had amazing dinner (beef of course) at restaurant recommended by hostess.
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Second day Iguasu 23 Jan

Second day Iguasu 23 Jan
Could relax more on second day visiting the Falls - day 1 we were so amazed by it all and too busy taking photos to really appreciate
Bought picnic in the supermarket to eat in the park - difficult to find a spot not full of hungry little Coatis (like a racoon), cute little animals until they spot you with something edible they want! we even saw one snatching a crisp bag in a transparent plastic bag from a girl. There was only a trace of crisps left from where he'd been dragging it.
Not only did we spot Coatis but beautiful birds, scary looking spiders, huge lizards a turtle, an otter looking creature and even a crocodile type but smaller!
Tired in the evening so settled for empanadas and pepsi
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21-22 Jan Amazing Iguasu Falls

21-22 Jan Amazing Iguasu Falls
This would be the day where we would leave BA for Iguazu Falls and of course that 22 hour bus journey!
However, before we departed we took time to go and visit the most beautiful book store in BA, perhaps the world, Aleneo Grand Splendid, housed in an old cinema but looks like one of the old grand theatres well worth a visit if you have time. But one sight you must visit is the La Recoleta, the burial place of Evita. However, for once Evita does not steal the show and is playing a supporting role. This is not just any cemetary but is more like a small town made up of memorials (houses effectively) for the high society of BA's past. It is really one of those places you have to visit to really understand and appreciate.
However, After spending a few days in BA it was time to tackle the jungle! We took the night bus (bus company Via Bariloche) from BA to the very top of Argentina, where Argentina borders Brazil. We prepared thoroughly for the 22 hour trip by stocking up on crisps, crackers, coke, water and made sure to pack sleeping bag, pillows & toothbrushes accessible. Just to discover obviously that we didn't need much of it on this fantastic and luxurious bus. We got dinner on board, both starter and main with which we were served wine or soft drinks. I made sure I got two little bottles of the first as I wanted to be able to sleep (no problem there, I was knocked out already by the film!) We were also supplied with pillows / blankets & served brekfast in the morning. The best thing however, was that the seats were fully reclining so we could lie down and stretch out properly. First class Argentinian buses!
Nuff said about the bus journey. What Iguasu is world famous for is the Water falls, impossible to describe in words so so I insert some pictures instead.
Igausu is an AWESOME place and is a must for anyone visiting Argentina or brazil. It puts Niagra Falls to shame having now been fortunate to have visited both - it might not have the same volume of water flowing over it but it's so much more beautiful with it's rain forest surroundings and the fact that the Argentinian commercialisation is a little more subtle.
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