Jan 21st -Feb 3rd
Me and Molly decided to head north so we went to the bus station and tried to get tickets for Mar del Plata. However, they were fully booked so we ended up in Neuquen. When we got there it didnt look like anything special so we got a night bus to Bahia Blanca, as we fancied some beach time before hitting Buenos Aires. Our first night there we went to buy some beers and met a guy and a girl in the shop who asked us to join them to drink our beers. They were really lovely, and invited us to theirs for a bbq. We met lots of their friends and had a great time.
The following day we went to the beach at Pehuen Co. We spent a few days there relaxing on the beach, although it was way too hot and we had to stay in the shade. The place came to life at night with street performers and all the family are out at midnight in restaurants and icecream parlours. When we went back to Bahia we called Emilio and he asked us to stay. We stayed at his for a few days and met his brother and some more of their friends, who shared our love for dancing. Our last night there we went out to a student night and I spent the night dancing cumbia with the girls. They were so generous and friendly to us and asked us to visit again before we fly home. All this week I was on painkillers because my wisdom tooth was pushing through and hurting, it was ok by the time I got to Buenos Aires.
We found a great, cheap hostel called Amasoho in Palermo, nice and quiet but friendly people, lots of South Americans. We went to la Boca and had our first taste of Tango. Unfortunately Molly had her purse stolen. We discovered a great place for dance lessons called La Virruta, I have been most days, learning Tango, Salsa and Rock. It also becomes a club in the night. On the Friday night I went with a German guy I met at dance class to a club called Maluco Baleza for another dance class -Zouk (like the lambarda). I had never heard of it and although the class was slow, when it became a club night the place transformed and was filled by couples dancing this incredible, sensuous dance, I have never seen anything like it!
I went to the Japenese gardens and the zoo, both good places to wander round for an afternoon. On the Sunday night we went to a gay night club called Amerika, had a great night and go back at 6am! On Tuesday we went to the climbing gym, I found climbing hard after so long without doing it!