Saturday, February 04, 2006

Feb 4-7 - Buenos Aires

We flew back to BA from Iguazu where we would be spending a few days just checking out the city. We were also able to meet up with Wade and Rena and Shari and Eamon again.

We did a city tour and wandered around a couple of the shopping districts. We were also able to get tickets to a Boca Juniors soccer (futbol) game. As the game was on Super Bowl Sunday, Gary and JoAnn took a pass on the soccer and watched the Super Bowl, while the 6 of us headed to the futbol game.

Boca is supposed to be the most popular team in BA (which reportedly has the highest concentration of first division football teams in the world) and after seeing a game, I can believe it. We were told it wasn't an important game so tickets would be easy to get. The stadium probably wasn't sold out, but it might have been close. The one end of the stadium was for the standing room tickets and it was packed. From about 30 minutes before kick off, they started singing and except for a break at half time, didn't stop the entire game. The rest of the stadium joined in from time to time. The final was either 2-0 or 3-0 for Boca over Lanus so everyone left happy.

BA was where we parted company with Wade and Rena after a very successful month of travelling. We decided to end on a good note and go out for a big meal. We lucked out and found a place that served all you can eat meat. You have a little tab at your table that you flip over to the green side when you want more, and they just bring by tray after tray, skewer after skewer of steaks, ribs, chorizo, chicken, pork, you name it. I think there may have also been a salad bar.
Needless to say, everyone left happy.

The next day ourselves and Gary and JoAnn packed up and flew north to Salta. The plan was to rent a car and drive around the northern part of Argentina near to Salta, and then make our way south towards the wine region of Mendoza. Sounds simple enough, right?


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