Buenos dias from Buenos Aires. We have arrived safely but unfortunately the silver steed missed her connection from JHB due to the strikes about the toll roads…. so we are bike-less travellers for a few days.
So instead of travelling immediately down south it has given us a few days to explore Buenos Aires. We have set up home at Dakar Motos which is the garage that is helping us get the bike through customs. There are quite a few other bikers here. Most have hectic tattoos on their forearms and I’m sure in other places that I will leave up to your imagination. I have told Andrew that you cannot call yourself a hectic proper biker unless you have these decorative artworks. It has really been interesting chatting to them all about their travels. One lady biker was travelling through Bolivia and a rock from a landslide hit her bike and she broke her femur. She then went home to recover for 8 months and still came back to finish her trip. Another biker has been travelling now for 4 years on his bike around the world.
We heard yesterday (Friday) that our silver steed has arrived but being four o’clock on a Friday afternoon we will only be able to clear her on Monday. Still it did give us hope and we are planning to celebrate tonight by going to a tango show and by sleeping in a proper bed.
Buenos Aires is beautiful. It does not have the natural beauty of Cape Town but the energy in the city is very electric. There are beautiful buildings everywhere and sculptures around every corner.
The traffic is crazy… 5 to 6 lanes going in one direction with drivers cutting in from both sides without even looking. Our taxi driver was driving in the side lane and reversing up highway exits backwards. While walking around (which we have done LOTS of) yesterday we saw a tow truck just turn straight into another car and CRASH. Quite hectic. I think both of us are really happy that we are not driving around.
The food is great and Andrew has already been attacking the Argentinean steak with full force . We (when I say we I think you know who has been doing the MAJOR eating)
have been eating empanadas (meat pies), choripan (large sausage in a round roll), pizza, asado (barbecued meat) on a parrilla (grill) and we still need to test out the pasta. Apparently pizza and pasta are part of the Italian Argentinean heritage so we have to try it all. We have also tasted the chimichurri which is the famous sauce that is used on the steak made of olive oil, vinegar, chilli and some other spices.
We hope everyone is well back home and we do miss you. Thank you so much for all the messages. It is so great to hear from you all. Keep fingers crossed that we manage to get the silver steed on Monday….