Wednesday, 24 January 2007

Beunos Aries (just)

Ok, I´ve finally made it to my first destination .. and what a karfuffle it was!

On Saturday I realised I still had too much stuff to carry home, so decided to make a last drop at the post office .. unfortunately it looks like in my haste i managed to slow post home my travel tickets .. doh!!
I didnt notice till late Sunday night but thanks to the folk at STA who got them reissued and Caoimhe who very kindly picked them up and brought them out to me at the airport (i didnt have time to go in), I managed to make the flight by the skin of my teeth.
Plane was great, BA, good food and films, though I didnt see much of them as I was so knackered I slept most of the way. The bloke beside me was heading to Antartica, which made Patagonia sound positively tropical.
Forecast today was for sunny weather but on the bus into town the heavens opened and my PacLite Gore-tex stuff got an earlier than anticipated test on the way to the hostel (passed).

First impressions are hard when its chucking it down but as the sun is starting to peep out I think I´m liking the place. It still feels and smells pretty South American, mostly due to lax pollution laws, but theres a definite charm and class to the place. Food so far has been good, as is the local brew.
Spent much of the day wandering around San telmo near the hostel, a cute area that feels more like a town. Am currently on Ave Florida which is a pedistrian street in the center and is mentally busy with folks shopping and strollingç. Its not a bad spot, though your reminded of the fact that this is still Latin America by the fairly numerous street kids here.

All in all a good first day. Thanks again to everyone in work that gave me a great send off, and to all the folks at home for putting up with my incompetence in getting started :)


michael said...

glad u got there. Joey misses u!!
stefan also keeping track. stay out of trouble, weather -4 here tonite. enjoy the sun whilst you can!

pat said...

You made my day!! But glad you got going in the end.Still freezing here. Looking forward to the next update.H & H say Hello

Coley said...

Good man mullins! see you in 3 weeks.