I’ve now been here for more than two months and still can’t really believe it. So much has happened and it feels like I’ve been here for a lot longer.
At the beginning of October I went on a weekend trip to Buenos Aires with my host mother and my two host sisters. I’d like to tell you about it in this blog post.
On Thursday afternoon we took a plane from Neuquén and arrived in Buenos Aires at 2:00 p.m.
There we went to the hotel to leave our luggage and ate lunch afterwards. We also made a tour with an open tourist bus on Thursday, where we saw almost all important sights, among others La Boca, La Bombonera (the stadium of the Boca Juniors), the districts Recoleta, Puerto Madero and Palermo, the Río de la Plata and the Costanera Sur.
In the evening we saw the obelisk and the congress building (from the outside) and went to the El Ateneo, a bookstore in a former theatre which was incredibly beautiful.
On Friday we met my host grandmother and host cousin who live close to Buenos Aires. We visited the Teatro Colón which was impressive. Unfortunately we couldn’t see that much of the main auditorium because they did a light test the day we visited.
We also wanted to visit the congress, but they cancelled their tours for that day. Afterwards we went to the tomb of San Martín, a south American independence fighter. Besides that we saw the Casa Rosada (the palace of the president), visited the district San Telmo and went to Puerto Madero, where we visited a museum on an old ship.
On Saturday morning we took a walk around the district Once, where our hotel was located. Once is known for its many shops, where you can buy nearly everything for a very cheap price.
Afterwards we met up again with my host grandmother and cousin and went to the CCK Centro Cultural Kirchner, a museum in the building of the former post office. The building was beautiful, but the museum was rather strange. One of the exhibitions was about ball pens from a German collector.
Then we took a bus to the district Recoleta, where we visited an apparently famous shopping centre. We also went to the church Iglesia Nuestra Señora de Pilar and to the cementery of Recoleta where many famous Argentineans are buried, including former presidents. The cementery only consists of mausoleums which makes it special.
On Sunday morning we had to be at the airport at 4:00 a.m. and arrived back in Neuquén at 9:00 a.m.
Buenos Aires is a very beautiful city and I really enjoyed the weekend trip, even though we had lots of rain. But we still visited many beautiful places. However, three days definitely aren’t enough time for such a big city so that I will have to come back one day.
Right now it’s spring in Argentina and we have temperatures up to 28° C (82° F). Fortunately, my summer holidays start in two weeks and will then last for three months!