This blog was about my 28,000 mile, 12 week trip around the USA and Canada seeing 53 shows of Roger Waters performing "The Wall" in 2010. A further 18,600 miles in 2011 seeing 43 shows in Europe. In 2012 i traveled 48,197 miles seeing 9 shows in Buenos Aires & 15 shows in the USA. This week i will start again and travel 13,535 miles seeing shows in Arnhem, Brussels, Padova, Rome, Oslo, Gothenburg, Bucharest, Dublin and Paris and many more!
First of all, I owe a great deal of thanks to a good friend of mine, without whom I would not be able to see as many shows and travel to as many places. Due to his generosity, I'm able to fly anywhere in the world for just the price of the airline taxes! I hope he knows just how much I appreciate it, and although I've said so before, I just wanted to reiterate how much I truly do appreciate it.
So Kami’s mom, Beth, drove Kami and I to the airport on Monday night. Our flight to Buenos Aires was due out at 10 P.M., and we arrived around 7:30. We checked in, went through security, and headed directly to Chipotle so Kami could fill her little tummy and get a good sleep on the flight!
We made our way over to concourse C, found the gate, then sat and watched the standby and upgrade list going up and down as the check in clerk messed about on the computer. I just made it on the flight and managed to snag an emergency exit seat, so I had plenty of legroom. The flight was just under 11 hours, and while I don't mind flying at all, after about 8 hours, I wanna get off! It was a overnight flight, but the hope of getting a solid sleep didn't really happen, although I managed to get 3 or 4 hours intermittently. Kami slept even less. She was several rows farther back than I, and unfortunately she was sat next to an Argentinian woman that wanted to talk the whole way!
Argentina has a reciprocity fee that they charge citizens of the USA, Canada, and Australia when entering the country. Fortunately, the UK isn't included on the list, so I didn't have to pay $140 to enter the country! Kami did. At least the fee lasts for any visits in the following 10 years, but it's still a lot of money for a one-off visit. It took me about 45 minutes to get through immigration, and it took Kami nearly 90 minutes, as she first had to line up to pay the fee. By the time she came through I had all our bags off the carousel, and we headed down through customs and out to the terminal to change our dollars into pesos. That was another 45 minutes of standing in line, but the rate was about 15% higher than if we had changed our money in the USA!
We booked a car service from the airport to the apartment we are renting, and while the drive started pleasantly out in the country, it took about 40 minutes, ending as we pushed through a bit of hair-raising traffic in the city! When we started planning this trip, it was evident that the cost of hotels in Buenos Aires is like the cost of hotles in any other major city throughout the world. NOT cheap! I started looking around online at apartment rentals, and we found a great apartment in a great area of BA called Palermo Soho. Its a great, “hip” neighbourhood full of restaurants, bars, boutique stores, art galleries, and lots of little trendy stores. Its about 5 miles away from the stadium where Roger is playing and a very safe area.
View from the apartment balcony
After unpacking Kami slept for a few hours, and I headed off down to the supermarket a couple of blocks down the street to get something to drink and some food for the next few days. The great thing about an apartment rental is that you have your own kitchen with all the mod cons you have at home. After finding what they call butter, I looked around for milk--which I found in plastic bags! The bags held 1 litre of milk, and I was just confused--how do you store the bag after you open it?! Thanks to a few Facebook friends, I know now there's a type of container you buy to put the bags in. I eventually found “regular” milk in a carton and bought that instead, though.
We took a walk round Palermo for a couple of hours. It's very arty and littered with small cafes and plenty of street seating. It's very chic and eccentric in appearance--kind of like a larger version of Soho in New York.
The cobbled streets, cute roads, and cool cafes of Palermo Soho
Sunset picture Beautiful tree lined avenues
After wandering round for half an hour, we stopped to have our first drink at a cafe and sat on the sidewalk, taking in the atmosphere.
Our first drinks in Argentina Old rusted out truck parked on the street
Full album of pics from day 1