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Time to say farewell to Buenos Aires

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Its my last day in this fabulous city and so what have I learnt?

1. that you can't get across Avenida De 9 Julio in one go even if you sprint so you may as well walk and stop in the middle

2. That a tarjeta is a card and a boleta is a ticket. I was confusing the ticket staff in the subway for the first week.

3. That tango is only learnt by a small percentage of Argentinians but those who do learn are as passionate about it as anyone else across the world who learns.

4. Not to pack too much stuff! I've posted back home my walking trousers and long sleeved dress. Not required and the rucksack was going to burst.

5. You need your passport to post an international parcel.

6. Your bank card won't work in all the ATMs and may not open the doors of the bank for the secure ATM machines

7. Don't step on paths that have wet seeweed on them.

8. Argentine mosquitoes have developed resistance to DEET.

9. It's ok to stay as long as you like in a coffee shop to use the WiFi and only order one coffee.

10. Don't assume all the roads in Buenos Aires are going to be interesting to walk along! The main road that runs past the port is just one tanker storage area after another and requires a taxi to get you back to the nice bit!

And finally that Argentinians although they may seem aloof and unapproachable are actually warm and tactile, always have a big hug to give and comfortably and openly express their affection to one another. A country where the men kiss and stand with their arms around each other is a good thing! And the dad nibbling his baby's ear on the ferry back from Uruguay brought tears to my eyes...us Brits are way too reserved!

Posted by karenspark 07:31

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