Long weekend in Buenos Aires, Argentina

We started our journey on Friday afternoon after that Duilio and Seba finnished worked. I was tired as hell.. I had only had 2 hours of sleep and had to wake up ”earlish” since I had my first drum lessons. Then I couldn’t sleep again haha. The car ride went quite fast though, I really tried not to sleep so that I would be able to sleep at night.. so I only slept like 20 minutes.. :) When we got there we got to our rooms, our room was really not as in the pictures, haha. Seba and Dianelas was twice as big and had a bathtub, balcony and everything, we didnt have anything, haha. But it was ok. We were so tired… we wen’t out to eat dinner at Mc Donalds, very fancy. I didn’t of course since I hate Mc Donalds, haha.

Next day we had a great breakfast buffet at the Ritz hotel and then took the regular subway to the Parque de La costa, one ticket about 3 pesos. It took forever, we had such a sloooow train, so we jumped of and took the official and a little bit more expensive ”Parque de la costa”-train that costed 10 pesos but also got there in 20 minutes.

We got there around noon and started the day with a big green roller coaster, well everyone but Seba because he was too afraid ;) I knew he and Duilio didn’t enjoy rollercoasters as me and Dianela. Still Duilio did this one for me… and then he didn’t get up to anything else but the carousel haha. But me and Dianela did everything, one red rollercoaster made me laugh so I almost peed on myself. I love amusement parks!!!

Haha. We loved it! While our boyfriends chickens out.

Haha. We loved it! While our boyfriends chickens out.

Me and Duilio in the Carousel

Me and Duilio in the Carousel

We also did the extreme vertigo, which isn’t included in the entrance fee, so we had to pay 195 pesos for that, but it was SOOOOOOO worth it…… amazing!! It’s almost like bungyjump but easier, you sort of lay down and are all wrapped up in some plastic things, then they pull you up about 80 metres in the air and then you let go and fall down… we did it together, and it was amazing!!! On our way up, it was quite scary, it was like ”how much higher are we going to go?? it’s enough now!” hahaha.. but then when you fall down…. amaaazing feeling.

Just before going up in the vertigo extremo!

Just before going up in the vertigo extremo!

From the video of me and Dianela in the Extreme Vertigo. On our way up, up in the top, and then the fall!

From the video of me and Dianela in the Extreme Vertigo. On our way up, up in the top, and then the fall!

At night we had a short siesta because we were dead. After that we walked down to Plaza del Congreso and had a nice dinner at a nice restaurant there, quite cheap too, I had really nice vegetables for 38 pesos. Surprisingly cheap. Then me and Duilio did some night sightseeing around Plaza 25 del Mayo and the Casa Rosada.

In front of the Casa Rosada at night.

In front of the Casa Rosada at night.

Night sighseeing, in Plaza 25 de mayo

Night sighseeing, in Plaza 25 de mayo

Then home and sleep. Next day we got up early and went down to the neighborhood La Boca. I didn’t have anything planned, but since both Dianela and Seba knew Buenos Aires we just followed them. And it was a really nice area!! It really reminded me of Pippi Långstrumps house, haha. So colorful houses and pedestrian streets. One of the most famous streets are ”Caminito” where there are a lot of Tango performances.

Love that it's so colorful. Reminds me of Pippi Långstrump!

Love that it’s so colorful. Reminds me of Pippi Långstrump!

Me and Duilio in front of the famous Caminito in La Boca, Buenos aires

Me and Duilio in front of the famous Caminito in La Boca, Buenos aires

But... what's maradona doing here??

But… what’s maradona doing here??

Tango show in the caminito

Tango show in the caminito

Then we went to the neighborhood San Telmo, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Buenos aires. It’s a very nice area, with colonial buildings, antique shops and cobblestoned streets. It was really crowded since they on sundays have a big market along I don’t know how many blocks, but probably something between 10 and 20 blocks…all filled with small stands with art, music, souvenirs, antique, clothes, sweats etc etc. Lovely!

The sunday market in San Telmo

The sunday market in San Telmo

A crazy and funny band in the streets of San Telmo

A crazy and funny band in the streets of San Telmo

A calm tangomusic-band in one of the streets in San Telmo

A calm tangomusic-band in one of the streets in San Telmo

Love these belts!! Yep... I got one... ;)

Love these belts!! Yep… I got one… ;)

Oh, such a nice idea. Really lovely. I got 3 refrigerator magnets, two of the pictures from Holbox and one from Buenos Aires. :)

Oh, such a nice idea. Really lovely. I got 3 refrigerator magnets, two of the pictures from Holbox and one from Buenos Aires. :)

After that Dianela and Seba left us to go back to Santa Fe while me and Duilio stayed one more day in Buenos Aires. We grabbed a coffee at the Puerto Rico, watched some tango and walked around the area. Such a mix of architecture.. old colonial and with very futuristic!

The statue of Cristobal Colón, that Christina, the president of Argentina, is taking down after being part of the park since 1921... why?? Because she thinks that Colón is an object of controversy. I don't know how much it costs to moves these 623 tons of statue, but they could probably spend that money on something more worth it then this. The people won't feel less controversy because the statue has been moved. This is just jet another stupid act of a stupid president.

The statue of Cristobal Colón, that Christina, the president of Argentina, is taking down after being part of the park since 1921… why?? Because she thinks that Colón is an object of controversy. I don’t know how much it costs to moves these 623 tons of statue, but they could probably spend that money on something more worth it then this. The people won’t feel less controversy because the statue has been moved. This is just jet another stupid act of a stupid president.

Buenos Aires Big Ben ;)

Buenos Aires Big Ben ;)

Nice sky behind the big skyscrapers in Buenos Aires!

Nice sky behind the big skyscrapers in Buenos Aires!

At night we found a vegetarian restaurant in the neighborhood with affordable prices, all though we both felt really weird in  our stomaches. We were both hungry, but we had a small piece of some pie-thing and felt really full, so we couldn’t eat even the half of our food. We took a doggiebag with about 70% of what we ordered.. haha.

The monument of the president woman and some skaters

The monument of the president woman and some skaters

 

Duilio eating vegetarian food.. not too convinced, haha.

Duilio eating vegetarian food.. well.. a cucumber at least

Next day we visited the Casa Rosada again but with a 1,5 hour guided tour inside.  Very beautiful. We walked through the presidents office and stuff. :) Then we walked around in the shopping street and had bought some really good ice creams which we finished in the park of the Obelisco.

My poet boyfriend.

My poet boyfriend.

Plaza 25 de mayo

Plaza 25 de mayo

In front of the Obelisco :)

In front of the Obelisco :)

Then it was time for us to go hit the bus station. Duilios dad got us free bus tickets back to Santa Fe, with really greet luxury seats. Score! Hehe.

Annonser

Back in Santa Fe

I’ve been here a month. We have our old apartment in the city center of Santa Fe, very nice location. Duilio is studying and working hard, and I’m practically doing nothing, but the days just passes by so quickly.. I have once again a membership in the gym here, so I go a couple of times a week and do some gymnastics. I’ve started to do some bracelets again too of course.. haha. I’ve also been working on the new webpage for Filmfamiljen (me and my mothers company).

So what have we done? Well.. we celebrated ”friends day” (el dia del amigo) here in the mid of July, which is something we don’t have in Sweden, but it’s a really nice tradition. We went to Rafas house again, and it was the whole Santo Tome-gang with girlfriends. Nico once again did really great food, both the vegetarian and the meat thingy, everybody loved it. Haha.

Nico cooking for all the friends!

Nico cooking for all the friends!

My boyfriend just loves meat... jaja

My boyfriend just loves meat… jaja

The whole Santo Tome gang with girlfriends!

The whole Santo Tome gang with girlfriends!

I have also found a couchsurfing-group here. They are almost not active at the couchsurfing webpage at all, but I got an invitation to the facebook group, and wow, they are writing like 20 entries every day! So active!! And the people are really sweet and open-minded. I went to a meeting at the Costanera (by the river) and met a group of girls who later were going out to a bar around the corner of our apartment at night, so I joined them. The bar was nice too, not that stereotypic as the other place I went to last time.. haha. People here were more relaxed :) I also run into Sebastian and his girlfriend here, and one of Duilios friends in school, funny thing since I almost don’t know anyone else here in Santa Fe, haha. Duilio stayed at home because he needed to study for an exam (which went great :).

Out with the girls from couchsurfing :)

Out with the girls from couchsurfing :)

One of the girls there, a brazilian exchange student, told me about Cayasta which  is located 82 km to the North of the capital of the province, and there are ruins of the primitive city of Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz there. So next weekend we went there.

Today the old town is called ”Santa Fe La Vieja”The city was transferred to where it is today around the 1650s because of some problems with native people and also because of cyclical flood defenses. About half of the old town is today flooded, but they have more than 2 square kilometers museum where several of the original buildings have been restored. A nice day trip! 

Duilio filling up the thermos with mate at the gasstation. Yes, they always have hot water at the gas stations. Crazy!

Duilio filling up the thermos with mate at the gas station. Yes, they always have hot water at the gas stations. Crazy!

In the car, roadtrip to cayasta, the old santa fe!

In the car, road trip to cayasta, the old santa fe!

The old Santa Fe. In the mid 1600 they moved the city 80 kilometres north, where it is situated today. All the remains here were intact or destroyed by the flooded river.

The old Santa Fe. In the mid 1600 they moved the city 80 kilometres north, where it is situated today. All the remains here were intact or destroyed by the flooded river.

Some skeletons in one of the old churches in the town

Some skeletons in one of the old churches in the town

Flooded little village. The one who build his house above a lot of wooden planks was smart ;)

Flooded little village. The one who build his house above a lot of wooden planks was smart ;)

The weekend after we went to a sort of cultural house party in one of the couchsurfing members house. They had art projects, sculptures and photos everywhere, they had a big fire outside and some of the guests were musically blessed and entertained us a bit.. really nice thing. Also everybody paid like 30 pesos and got free drinks all night, and everybody brought something to eat to share so we had dinner there too. Really nice!

Couchsurfing-party! Lots of people!

Couchsurfing-party! Lots of people!

Some music enterteinment from USA and Brazil :)

Some music entertainment from USA and Brazil :)

I’ve also attended to a couple of concerts at Trombonanza. It’s a week-long event every year, and musicians from the whole world come here to take part of it! I met up with a new girl from Couchsurfing and went to the Teatro Municipal where they had a free concert (there are a few ones every day for a week!!). It was crowded too, and really nice to see a big mixture of people everywhere. In Sweden it’s more formal, not that many young people go and see an orchestra play, but here it’s quite hip and almost everybody have been or want to go to see it. It was reaaaally nice!

Trombonanza 2013! Playing  outside the Teatro Municipal :)

Trombonanza 2013! Playing outside the Teatro Municipal :)

Last free concert of Trombonanza 2013, in the Teatro Municipal. So cool! Lots of people!

Last free concert of Trombonanza 2013, in the Teatro Municipal. So cool! Lots of people!

I got so interested that I started to take some drum classes here in Santa Fe after that! Hehe. It’s quite cheap, it costs like 210 pesos a month, which are one class a week. :) And my drum teacher is really great and much fun!! He both looks and sounds like Charlie from It’s always sunny in Philadelphia! Haha.

My drumteacher Lucas and his drums!

My drumteacher Lucas and his drums!

Oh, and one sunday we went to try out Sebas cuatricycle. Yeah I know, weird thing to own!! But not here… apparently it got popular last year, and a lot of people got their own cuatricycle, like instead of getting a boat or a motorcycle, you get your cuatricycle!  We went a little bit outside town to a park just beside the road where people go to cuatricycle (don’t know if that’s a verb really, haha). It was me, Duilio and Seba at first but later all his family showed up to do it, haha, mother, father, cousins, sister, uncle, and boyfriends or girlfriends… haha. Funny familiar event! And there were plenty of other cuatricycle-groups there too, haha. :)

Trying out the cuatricycle... Haha.

Trying out the cuatricycle… Haha.

Having mates a sunday afternoon with Sebas whole family.... like mother, father, sister, uncle, aunt, girlfriends etc. Haha :)

Having mates a sunday afternoon with Sebas whole family…. :)

So… what more?? I’ve started with fencing too!! I finally found a little organisation here that does fencing.. but it was only foil and not epée… and it’s really small, they hire a room twice a week, and it’s the teacher, two kids around 10 years old and one other in my age but with some mental condition. But still… it’s fencing ;) But foil.. damn it. So difficult haha.

I’ve also been shopping a little bit, a black skirt and a black cardigan.. and when I’m in the store, I see an entire shelf filled with new handkerchiefs! Haha. I have literally only seen my Spanish grandmother use those (before I met Duilio of course) but never seen where to buy them haha. I don’t think it’s possible today in Sweden.. or is it? I’ve only seen the ones made of paper.  Another thing they also have here is cloth hair ties, which I haven’t seen in like 15 years :)

Sometimes these small things surprises me, why is it ”out” in one side of the world and ”in” in the other side of the world?

Other things that I’ve thought about is the soap, here almost everyone uses the hard soap both as hand soap and body soap. I went to the store to buy soap and they also had a whole shelf (like 2-3 meters wide) filled with different kind of the old regular hard round soaps. In Sweden we usually have the liquid soap for hands and a special body soap that are like in shampoo bottles. I thought the hard soap was bad for the skin, like it will dry it out or something since it’s not a special body soap.. but honestly I haven’t really noticed any difference, more than it’s like 5 times cheaper. So why do we Swedes think that the cheap soap is bad for us? Sometimes you wonder where all our norms comes from and who started them, and what a business they did out of it... haha.


Well… Enough for today!

Here are some more pics!