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    South by South America Tour – Argentina Part 1

    Tuesday, July 30, 2019
    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Looking east on Avenue Corrientas in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    Looking east on Avenue Corrientas in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    The night before my flight from Los Angeles, California to Buenos Aires, Argentina, I got maybe four hours of shut eye. Likewise, during the 12 hours I spent trapped inside that big aluminum tube hurtling through the sky, I acquired maybe two more hours of semi-unconscious non-bliss peppered with lower back pain from sitting so long. (I guess you could say my butt was asleep, but I wasn’t.) So, by the time of my arrival in South America, I was fully delirious. After shuffling like a zombie through a massive hour-long Disneyland-like line for immigration, I caught a shuttle bus which passed by a seemingly endless amount of semi-dilapidated high rise projects to the Buenos Aires city center, where I got my bearings and trundled over to a hostel called Porta del Sur.

    The Plaza de la República in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    The Plaza de la República in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    Oddly enough, they only allow access to their place via online bookings, which I’d rather not do, so I schlepped a few blocks over to the Estoril Hostel, where a friendly man rented me a spot in a room with four beds of the bunk variety for only $12. And he even accepted U.S. dollars. What a nice fellow! As soon as my head hit the pillow, I was out like a log from around noon to 4:00 pm. Then I ventured out in the chilly air over to Avenue Corrientas, which I can guarantee contains more pizza joints than the street you live on. I grabbed a couple of thick, pillowy slices in one of those spots, followed by a plastic container of buffet leftovers for cheap at another hole in the wall down on Avenue 9 de Julio. I also noticed that someone had moved the Washington Monument to The Plaza de la República. Just kidding! Actually it’s called the Obelisk of Buenos Aires.

    Words and photos ©2019 Arcane Candy.

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