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Erin’s Travel Diary

Monday, 16 Mar 2009

Location: Buenos Aires (Part two), Argentina


The next day I was pretty tired and hungover but got up relatively early and went to see what everyone was doing and we wanted to go to the football so I went with Logan, Ben, Louisa, Pete, James, Jordan, Imogen and Sandra for a walk to the markets and on to Boca.

We went to the Cathedral to check it out (not as good as Cathedrals in England or Paris so I wasn’t that interested plus there was a service going (as it was Sunday) so we couldn’t talk or anything and then we went back to the Pink Palace and went inside for a look around and there was a free tour starting so we joined it even though hardly any of us know any Spanish so we got to see more of it and take some pics so that was ok.

After that we wandered to where the markets were which I was looking forward to as I wanted to look for jewellery and I was hoping to find some cool things or even just some vintage stuff! Well I am a bit picky about jewellery and refused to buy anything that wasn’t silver for a start and everything that was “vintage” actually wasn’t – it was all very plasticky so I was a bit disappointed, I did however keep noticing a really beautiful salmon pink stone but I couldn’t find anything I liked enough to actually buy at the time. There was so much other cool stuff but I had rings in my head so I didn’t really care about that much else – lots of leather stuff and some touristy things that you can find anywhere.

We spent quite a few hours at the markets – it is a massive long road and then we thought we should try and find the stadium to get tickets to the football (oh, I forgot to mention that the hotel had told us that it was completely sold out but to try on the door just incase). Imogen and Sandra were going to a Tango show that evening so they stayed at the markets.

I managed to find one thing that I wanted to buy but it wasn’t actually for me – it was a present for my mum (don’t worry I have told her – I had to make sure she wanted it otherwise I would have kept it for myself! Lol) it’s a really nice turquoise necklace in the style that she loves .

After wandering round for ages we finally came across the stadium and then had to walk around the whole thing and then for about another 5 mins trying to find out where to buy tickets and thankfully we managed to get some for only 30 pesos (much better then the 70 the hotel would have charged us!!!!!!) so we were all really excited about that and decided to find somewhere in Boca to go for a drink and some food.

Boca is a really awesome bohemian area, I guess a bit like Notting hill, Portobello Road and Covent Garden rolled into one. But then it is a really poor area of BA so the surrounding areas were really poor but it didn’t seem that bad, all the houses are really brightly painted and it seemed like such a “happy” area (we later found out how dangerous it could be around there but thankfully we saw nothing and had no problems, and felt safe walking around!) we found a bar in the middle of it all and I went for a wander as had walked past a jewellery stall that had lots of that beautiful pink stone that I had seen earlier so I went back to that and found a ring that I really liked and it was only £7 so I decided to get it. The stall owner made all the jewellery so it makes it more special, and it was silver and a really pretty setting!! I found out that the stone is the Argentinean National Stone so that explains why it was everywhere!!

There was a football shop across the way from us and I really wanted an Argentina vest top so I went got one of them. In hindsight I would have brought a Boca Juniors one aswell (the football team that we were supporting) or an actual football shirt from there as I have wanted one pretty much every day since we went to the match.

Anyway, so we had a few beers and some food, I actually just got olives as me and Logan had had street food earlier in the day so I wasn’t very hungry. And then by the time we had finished other people had come along to get tickets aswell but we weren’t in the same stand as them – they were in the stand opposite us. Pete had left earlier to go and tell other people that we could get tickets so to hurry up and get down here. And then Lou and Ben went back aswell to get changed. I had thought we would be out all day so I was dressed for that, although was in a short skirt so I made sure I stuck with the others – stupidly forgot about South American men when I was getting dressed but as I was surrounded by blokes I was fine.

Me, Logan and Jordan went to find some cheap beer from somewhere, they didn’t sell anything reasonably priced in the supermarkets so we ended up walking further into Boca and found a Kiosko and they sold us some beer at about 8 pesos for a litre which was the best we found so we got one each and then walked back and sat by the water, a couple of random English guys came up to us so we were chatting to them for a bit and then a few of our lot came over so we went to find the others who we got tickets with.

Lou had found out that the section we were in was supposed to be the most dangerous of all the sections so we were a bit freaked about that. Some of the stories we had heard weren’t actually that nice such as the people on the top stands will urinate on other people below them so we were a bit worried (I was anyway) but still really excited. The match was the equivalent of Liverpool/Everton or Man U/Man City, just a local derby but it gets really heated. (sorry if I am wrong – I don’t know that much about football so not sure I have my facts straight)

So we managed to find Gate 12 only to find that we couldn’t get in from that side so had to find another way and we were going to miss the beginning of the match as we had to walk around for about 15 more minutes to get to the gate and then there was a massive queue to get in!

For the first half we were right at the top so it was quite hard to see but I just stood on tiptoes leaning on Logan so I was ok for a bit!! And then me, Logan, Ben, Pete and James decided to try and get to the bottom when it was half time and everyone was stood up and moving around!! We managed to get to the bottom and honestly were in the best stand we could have been – we were surrounded by die hard Boca fans and the atmosphere was amazing – now I have been to a few good football matches – Everton V West Ham and Man U V Liverpool last year – but nothing compared to this match – it was amazing – and we won (yes we are all now Boca fans) 3-0 which was amazing!! (Sorry about how many times I have said amazing but it was!!!).

The next day I had quite a chilled day, spent about 3 hours skyping my mum and then went for a wander with Dom in the afternoon and brought even more Havaianas (I now have about 6 pairs!!!) and then we came back to the hotel to get ready for what was supposed to be a lovely meal for the 4 of us (me, Logan, Dom and Owen) but turned into a meal with 9 of us that was a bit ruined.

I ordered veal thinking it would either be a steak or Milanese style and when it came out I was sooo disappointed, it was like a square slab of the toughest meat I had ever come across and it was about half a centimetre thick with the same thickness of pure fat – so needless to say as someone who doesn’t eat fat I couldn’t eat it – and as I don’t speak Spanish – I didn’t even think about swapping it for an amazing steak (much like the one Logan had – note to self – always order what he eats as his was awesome!!) and I had serious food envy as one of the girls had an amazing Teriyaki beef noodle dish so I didn’t have a very good night (as we all know how much I love my food and I had been looking forward to having a lovely evening!) and I was a bit disappointed to say the least but on the plus I did have 2 very very delicious glasses of red wine so that made it better!!

All in all BA is definitely one of my favourite cities and I think everyone needs to go there – Claire – when we go to the Carnival in a few years time – we are going to BA either before or after Rio – I cant decide which would be better – maybe after as Rio is so hectic we will need a holiday after it!!!