Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aries & Colonia del Sacramento
For starters I apologize for the lack of entries over the past month. Internet is hard to find in Africa and when you can find it, it's very slow. This blog was written a while ago but I never had the chance to post it. I will post a summary of the highlights of my month in Africa over the next week
One bus ride, two plane stopovers, a taxi and 27 hours of travel later I arrived at my hostel in Igauzu. The weather was cold, under 10 degrees Celsius. Of course I would pick one of the only 2 months of the year when it’s cold there. I was exhausted so even though it was 10am I checked in and went straight to sleep. I set my alarm to ensure I woke up in the afternoon so I could go into town and buy my bus ticket to Buenos Aries for the following evening. Around 4pm I took the local bus into the town and managed to find the bus terminal. I purchased a ticket for the 7:15pm bus so that I would have a full day to spend at the falls. I had planned to get up bright and early so I could be at the National Park when it opened at 8am and make a full day of it but I didn’t manage to get there until 11am. It worked out in the end as the Devil’s Throat portion and St. Martin’s Island were both closed off due to water damage to bridges and docks. The falls were gorgeous and when I got to the lower falls the sun came out and created beautiful rainbows.
I got some great pictures and the only frustrating part was that I kept taking these wonderful pictures of other people for them but when I’d ask them to take a picture of me they would just point and click. The overnight bus to Buenos Aries was quite comfortable considering it was an 18 hour drive. The chairs reclined 160 degrees and we received a hot dinner and continental breakfast. Upon arriving in BA around 1pm I took a taxi to Milhouse hostel. The hostel was big, nice and I met some great people (and more dentists from the UK that I thought I would ever meet! Haha). The hardest thing to adapt to in BA was the lifestyle. They eat breakfast at 11am, lunch at 3pm, supper at 10pm, pre-game for the night at 12am and head to the bars no earlier than 2am!!! I had it down by the 2nd night but my first night I only lasted until 1:30am, which was okay considering I had to be up early the next morning. I had to leave the hostel at 8am to catch a ferry to Uruguay with my hostel roommates – Gurman from England and Emma from France. I also met up with Jill and Ashlee, two Calgarians I met in Iguazu Falls. We went to Colonial. It was an old town – small and quaint. We just strolled around, had some lunch and browsed the shops. It was a very laid back day. Over the next 4 days I spent in BA I checked out some street markets, the graveyard where Evita is buried, ate a lot of steak, went to a La Boca Juniors soccer game, took a tango lesson and saw a show and partied with friends I made at the hostel. It was a fun time and too short! I didn’t get to see as much as I would have liked but I’m glad I went