I have left Argentina for the last time this trip. I have been in and out of this country since early December. A friend recently asked me to pick my favourite country in South America so far — Argentina was the winner. In this country I have trekked in the mountains, camped by lakes, drank good beer, ate outstanding beef (oh, asados, how I will miss you!), danced, celebrated New Year´s, traveled on some interminable bus rides, seen massive glaciers, among other good times. I love Argentina. As per usual when I leave a country, I have put together a little photo album, which you can peruse here.
Here is a random picture I like. I saw this on a big yellow bus, so you know it has to be true
During a few of my last Argentinean days I visited the heavily-touristed-for-a-damn-good-reason Iguazu Falls. These incredible waterfalls are shared between Brazil and Argentina. There are actually 275 (!) waterfalls stretched over 3 km. Iguazu is one of the staples of any Argentina visit.
Just a handful of the falls that make up Iguazu
A while back I also spent a week in Buenos Aires, the perennial favourite of many travelers. I admit that I didn’t get to explore city as much as some do. The truth is that during my time in BA, Olympic hockey games were being played in Vancouver. So, night after night, I would go back to the same bar to watch Team Canada play. Who could blame me? I am a hockey guy from Canada, and the gold medal was on the line.
But I still had a great time in that city. It is a place of stylish people, tango (amazing, how these dancers don´t kick each other in the crotch, I have no idea), sidewalk cafes, and damn good steak.
A classic street parilla in Buenos Aires. At this place old guys sit around all day, drink beer and make fun of each other. There is a soccer game playing on a small TV in the corner. I recommend the Chori-Pan, of which I have eaten dozens.
Street band. What you don´t see in this pic are the dozens of kids spraying shaving cream over everybody and their brother. Good, clean fun.
Tango in the park
One more quick story:
I saw Coldplay in a huge soccer stadium Buenos Aires. It was a few weeks ago, but I remember that night well: I was packed with 40,000 other people into the stadium. I was fresh off a trip to Antarctica and an epic trek at the end of the world. I was in one of South America´s greatest cities. I was singing and dancing to one of the world´s biggest bands. I was hanging out with some great people who were also far from home. The crowd chanted, “Ole, Ole, Ole!”. The band chanted back, “Ole, Ole, Ole!”. I was having a blast. I was travelling around the planet and didn’t have a care in the world.
The name of the Coldplay tour was Viva La Vida, which translates to “Live Life.”