11 and half hours after taking off from Auckland we landed in Buenos Aires. The city was very different from how I had remembered it, I wonder if my version of what it was like had been distorted by the other cities in South America that I visited on the previous trip, but whatever the reason my memory had Buenos Aires recorded as much dirtier, and more run down than the one that greeted me on the 7th of March 2018.
The streets of B’s A’s are generally very nice, at least in the area of the city in which we were staying. They are decorated with trees and beautiful buildings wherever you look.
We arrived just after 4 and made our way to the hostel in which we were staying. After dropping off our stuff we headed up the road to a resturaunt for dinner. Here we had our first introduction to Argentinian culture where one of the other volunteers accidentally ordered an entire bowl of ham and chicken instead of a salad cause of the language barrier!! Full of pizza and salad(and meat!) we went back to the hotel for some much needed sleep. We were exhausted but unfortunately 10pm in Argentina is 2pm in New Zealand, so despite how tired we all were it was impossible to sleep. At 2:30am we decided we needed some fresh air cause the fan in our room wasn’t quite enough to refresh us from the 30+ degree heat inside. We found the roof which gave a bit of a view of the surrounding buildings as well as the southern cross. It was pretty cool to see it all the way across the world as knowing you can see the same stars helps you feel not quite so far from home. Honestly, the first night was pretty difficult, just as I knew it would be. That along with the goodbye was what I was dreading the most. Lying in bed for 6 hours and not being able to sleep gives you way too much time to think and being tired makes it especially hard to be logical and not let emotions take over. Eventually at 4:30am I got to sleep and didn’t wake up until 11:30 the next morning.
The rest of the time was spent exploring the city. Visiting all the same places that I’d seen before but it was really good just seeing it again and fully experiencing rather than taking photos and stuff.
La Boca was as cool as ever, we went to this amazing place for lunch in which I experienced my first asado and choripan which is like a sausage in bread on steroids. It’s soooo good. That evening we spent on the roof of our hotel chatting and having a good time. It was such an amazing way to begin the next 9 months!!