Buenos Aires | Tango

10th - 13th December 2018

We ubered our way from the airport to Monserrat District, and to Circus Hostel: bright, clean, welcoming and fresh. We headed straight out to San Telmo Market, just round the corner, for drinkies and food. The market is delightful, full of tiny vintage stalls and chocka-block with gorgeous, trendy food places. Yes I used the word trendy... in earnest.

San Telmo

We then had a disco nap. We had arranged to meet our Patagonian Ferry Friends at Don Julio's for steak (I'm veggie I KNOW but when in Rome). We had a marvellous time seeing the boys again, and had a marvellous time chowing down on some extraordinarily delicious meat. ALSO, best restaurant ever, while you're waiting for your table they serve you Prosecco and mini pasties! We headed on to Temple Bar for some bevs.

The next day began in a leisurely fashion. We breakfasted in San Telmo at Merci then sauntered over to La Boca to see the neighbourhood of shipping containers and downed half a litre of Sangria as we sheltered from the rain.

People watching whilst drinking Sangria <3

Delightfully squiffy, we ubered across town to El Ateneo Grand Splendid; a beautiful book shop in the heart of the city. The coffee shop at the back beckoned to us, so we took some time amongst the books, drinking tea (and in Sarah's case, vino tinto).

La Boca doggos!

Exhausted, we went out at 8pm to a Tango Show at Esquina Homero Manzi (which we booked easily via their Facebook page the week before). My goodness, did that wake us up. It was INCREDIBLE. We were picked up from our hostel, had a 3 course meal (the steak and chips (I'm SORRY) was wonderful but the other courses were slightly below par. Sorry to be Frank) and were treated to a passionate, vibrant and eclectic performance by a group of 8 sensational dancers. I've never known passion like it... Sadly, I thought I'd made a sensible decision to leave my camera at home so as not to get distracted: ERROR.

La Boca

Our final day in BA started very well... We drank iced coffee in the sunshine and walked to the beautiful Malba (this took a couple of hours). We had lunch outside with an Aperol Spritz, wandered lazily round the gallery (Pablo Suarez, NOT a fan. We dislike men) then walked to Rosedal, the most beautiful Rose Garden. Things took a turn when we went to get sushi, which took longer than anticipated. We stressed in our Uber back to hostel which took sooooo long in all the ridiculous traffic, we ran to get our laundry, packed like lightning then stressed in our Uber to the airport ("Jessica, listen to Dermot Kennedy and look out the window please"). Our flight was delayed by 2 hours OBVIOUSLYYY, but Sarah got us MacDonald's and we snacked and sat patiently. Well done us.

Bookending our trip with more colourful doors.

On the flight to Madrid I managed to watch Ocean's 8 before falling heavily asleep. It felt like the shortest flight of the whole trip. We queued for a long time in Madrid, and eventually got on our connecting flight to LHR. It was bizarre. After a mind-bogglingly incredible 3 months, I was saying goodbye to Sarah, having reluctantly said goodbye to Argentina. I had anticipated tears, but none came. I was so excited to leave her hahahahaha I'm kidding... there were no tears because it wasn't a real goodbye. We'd be in touch, and had planned a weekend away to Berlin in the New Year.

Sarah, thanks for being the most top travel partner and all round good human bean. It was a pleasure adventuring with you. Let's go again soon <3


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