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12.20.2009

besitos argentinos

I got "home" from Buenos Aires yesterday.
I LOVE that city.
For someone who has never traveled to Europe I really felt like I was in a different world. The buildings looked, felt older. They were big and beautiful and ornate. Compared to the buildings in Santiago I think I'd call them more European. There's a ton of socialist architecture in Santiago. The buildings are rectangular, straight lines, no frills, conventional...when my dad gets here I'm going to ask him what he thinks about it...I call it "socialist architecture" because a lot of the buildings were constructed during the time of Allende....but hey, I'm not the architect. Alls I know is the buildings are way more elegant in BsAs..
Anyway- Buenos Aires.
Fabulous.
I did a lot of walking around the city, taking random photos, eating at random cafes, reading in a park... When I'm traveling I have learned that I'm not the type to sign up for guided tours or spend every second of the day running around seeing the classic tourist sites... I kind of like to get a little lost, with just a map, and some random destination in mind. Just walking around is good enough for me. I love the feel of a new place. I think I fell in love with Buenos Aires' tree lined streets and lazy parks. I was in a city of about 15 million people (including the outer districts that surround the city) but at times I felt like I was walking down Plumas Avenue in Reno...The streets can be so quiet and peaceful. The weather was beautiful, a little humid, but mostly wonderful. It was like walking around Reno late spring. Hot during the day, cooled off at night.
My hostel was fabulous. It's called Estoril Terrazas>. I arrived from the airport alone with my luggage, and immediately they showed me around the hostel and whipped out a map to show me the hotspots to see. They welcomed me with open arms, and were eager to help me figure out where to go first, where to eat, how to get around etc...I highly recommend it if you're going to Buenos Aires for a week. I didn't want to leave! I only planned on staying there for three days, and then I was going to move to a different hostel, just to get the feel of another place. But, I changed my mind and decided to just stay the whole time at this hostel. It was a good choice. I had so much fun there.
We went out on the town a few times while I was there. Needless to say I danced so hard my feet are still sore.
The people in Buenos Aires are from a different planet. They are beautiful. Every single one of them. That's all there is to say. Maybe I'm exaggerating just a little bit, but seriously: I think I fell in love every 10 minutes. I could marry an Argentine.

So....That's that. I decided that I'm going to save my money and go back to Argentina asap.

Also.
MY PARENTS ARE ARRIVING TOMORROW MORNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So excited.

I should go to bed now..
I will add pictures to this post once I upload them to my computer. Soooo.....
Buenos Noches!!!

Un beso!

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