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Turning 30 South American Style With the dreaded 30th birthday looming, I ran away to South America to celebrate the landmark birthday in style.

Los Libertadores border crossing Mendoza to Santiago

ARGENTINA | Friday, 8 Feb 2008 | Views [2622]

The border crossing from Argentina to Chile  at Los Libertadores sort of summed up Argentina as a whole. It is breathtakingly beautiful, pain stakingly slow and strangely requiring of tips for customs officials! It was probably our own fault for taking ... Read more >

Tags: anacongua, argentina, border, chile, latin america, los libertadores, mendoza, mountains, road trip, santiago de chile


Magic Malbec Moments in Mendoza

ARGENTINA | Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | Views [1013]

The rain clouds are gathering outside and we are in a dimly lit barn looking at four glasses of red wine. They have been laid up in order for the perfect testing. Instinct tells us that there is probably some sort of etiquette to this and the two knowledgeable ... Read more >

Tags: andes, argentina, bike tour, bodegas, cabernet sauvignon, cycle, malbec, mendoza, tempranillo, vineyards


Gallery: cordoba

ARGENTINA | Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | Photo Gallery

cordoba and surrounds
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Alpine Chalets in the Cordoban hills

ARGENTINA | Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | Views [1497]

La Cumbracita is a beautiful, but really weird, little Alpine style town in the Cordoban hills. It was founded by a German family in the 1930s, who pretty much made an exact replica of their own home town back in the Alps, right down to the wooden ... Read more >

Tags: alpine, argentina, camp, cordoba, cycle, la cumbaracita, mountains, sausages, wagner, wurst


Chasing Che in Alta Gracia

ARGENTINA | Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | Views [1140]

Alta Gracia, the child hood home of Che Guevara was a lovely surprise. After sleeping through our first day there in a super hot sweat box resembling the cooler from the Great Escape, we pitched the tent in a beautiful park called Federica Lorca, named ... Read more >

Tags: alta gracia, arentina, camping, che guevara, church, cordoba, jesuit estancia, lake, lorca park, unesco world heritage site


Feeling hot hot hot in La Falda

ARGENTINA | Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | Views [792]

We took our cue from the rest of Buenos Aires that there really is no point staying in the city during the scorching summer months, so off we headed. The rest of the city seems to camp in a beach resort down south for the month, but one look at the ... Read more >

Tags: argentina, campfire, camping, cordoba, la falda, lake, mate, mountains


Ciao Buenos Aires

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 12 Jan 2008 | Views [800]

Some things in life are just too bizzare to casually ignore. They must be investigated, savoured and enjoyed. I believe that the acclaimed Buenos Aires theme park Teirra Santa (The Holy Land) is such a place. A bit like like Disney land but with people ... Read more >

Tags: argentina, buenos aires, holiday, latin america, south america, tierra santa


Gallery: New Year´s Eve

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 5 Jan 2008 | Photo Gallery

New Year´s Eve in Buenos Aires
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New Year´s Eve

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 5 Jan 2008 | Views [853]

Part of the plan for staying in Buenos Aires until January was to see in the New Year is style in a city that allegedly never sleeps. Only problem is, this is probably the only major city in the whole world where is it traditional to toast the midnight ... Read more >

Tags: argnetina, buenos aires, disco, latin america, new year, new years eve, night club, party time, puerto madero, south amrica


Gallery: Christmas

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 5 Jan 2008 | Photo Gallery

Christmas in Buenos Aires
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Feliz Navidad Buenos Aires

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 29 Dec 2007 | Views [1742]

Christmas in Buenos Aires is a white knuckle ride of a celebration requiring stamina, determination, commitment and nerves of steel. This is cheifly because the parties start late and end with everyone throwing cheap chinese fireworks around the ... Read more >

Tags: argentina, bars, buenos aires, champagne, christmas, latin america, puerto madero, restaurants, san telmo, south america


Clubbing in Buenos Aires

ARGENTINA | Sunday, 16 Dec 2007 | Views [1010]

It took us a whole month to get our disco shoes on but we have finally cracked it. The trick to clubbing in this town is to make midnight the start of your night out, and head out to your first bar at that time. After a couple of hours drinking you ... Read more >

Tags: cumbia, disco, espanol andando, music, night club, party time, red door, spanish lessons, tango, zizek


Sunny San Telmo

ARGENTINA | Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | Views [2069]

OK, OK, so I know I shouldn´t rub it in, but it is three weeks to Christmas and Steve and I are wandering the steamy tango inspired streets of San Telmo in flip flops and t'shirts. Yeah, I love this country. We have come down in the world slightly ... Read more >

Tags: argentina, buenos aires, latin america, markets, san telmo, soanish lessons., south america, tango


Gallery: Buenos Aires

ARGENTINA | Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 | Photo Gallery

Mums´fortnight
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Gallery: Buenos Aires

ARGENTINA | Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 | Photo Gallery

First Pics from Buenos Aires
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Sleepy Birthday

ARGENTINA | Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 | Views [3423]

From the sublime to the ridiculous, my 30th birthday was nothing at all like I planned it, started great, turned a bit shaky and recovered well at the final post, rising like the great Buenos Aires obelisque from the ashes of a burnt out birthday wreck.... Read more >

Tags: argentina, birthday, buenos aires, cafe tortoni, camp fires, gauchos, parilla, party time, retiro bus station, san antonio de arecco


Getting the hang of Buenos Aires now

ARGENTINA | Friday, 23 Nov 2007 | Views [634]

Think we are finally getting the hang of this city now, even the mums have been hurrying along in the metro, shooing the elderly and infirm out of their way as they rush to the next souvenir store. In two short weeks, we have scraped the surface of ... Read more >

Tags: argentina, buenos aires, colonia, diego maradonna, downtown, family, la boca, palermo, san telmo, tigre


We're here in Buenos Aires

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 17 Nov 2007 | Views [555]

Love this place, don't know why but I just do. It is a bit dirty, a bit smelly, full of cars and battered old busses, down at heel, noisey and busy. There are 12 lanes of traffic running through the city centre which take four separate pedestrian crossings ... Read more >

Tags: airport, argentina, buenos aires, casada rosada, eva peron, metro, people, recoleta, red wine., steak


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