Buenos Aires, another big city that managed to get into our hearts. We spent three lovely days strolling around its very different neighbourhoods.
The colourful landscape of La Boca turns this neighbourhood into the most picturesque place in the city. The main characteristic of La Boca is its zinc ribbed plate multicolour houses, many of which have been turned into tenements or 'conventillos' inhabited by many familias.
Recoleta is also a nice neighbourhood full of lively squares and gardens, but everybody knows that the highlight here is Evita Perón's grave and the Recoleta Graveyard on its whole, where tumbs are houses and the graveyard a miniature city.
San Telmo and Palermo are probably the oldest neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires, but while San Telmo has turned into the right place to buy an antiquity, Palermo has combined daringly its cobbled-stone streets with the design shops and restaurants.
The heart of the city, however, is Plaza del 25 de Mayo, a huge square where every Thursday afternoon the 'Madres de Mayo' get together to protest against pretty everything that goes wrong in the world today (and we all know that's a lot) and especially in Latin America, and to remind the world that they haven't forgotten how their sons were thrown alive into the sea during the dictatorship of Jorge R. Videla. The energy of the women is overwhelming and this Thursday they were particularly excited because they were announcing the opening of their own radio channel on the following Thursday.
But Buenos Aires is not only streets, houses and roads. Buenos Aires has also got a beautiful natural reserve called La Costanera, where all kinds of birds can be seen enjoying the shallow waters of the small lakes that can be found on the banks of the Río de la Plata with downtown's skyscrapers contrasting with everything else on the background. A wonderful place to relax and forget where you are.
It's time now to start our descend to Patagonia though...
See you all there!
Idoia & Mikel.