The Dakar Rally is being held in Argentina this year, and Mike was lucky enough to attend the opening events and festivities in downtown Buenos Aires.
We visited a famous suburb here called "La Boca", which translates as "the mouth". It is called this because it is literally situated at the mouth of the river. The houses were originally home to immigrants and port workers. They are constructed from shipyard parts, planks of wood and corrugated iron. They have been painted bright colors, and the area is now a famous tourist attraction.
There are tango dancers in the streets and many eateries selling barbecued meats from a variety of animals.
Every city seems to have a japanese garden and Buenos Aires is no exception. The japanese gardens and the other city gardens are beautiful and well kept and a place that many local people use as an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
In the evenings we have been sharing meals with other travelers and the staff at the hostel, taking turns to cook. It is amazing how sharing a meal can break down language barriers and forge friendships. see gallery for more pics. Until next time. Adios. Riss