4 February 2011 – San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2:33pm

I've just spent my first full day on the other side of the equator, this the water does go down the drain the opposite way but apart from that it's not a huge culture shock. After arriving from a European winter to a baking hot, cloudless city, I got the 2 hour airport bus (2 pesos/€0.40) rather than the air conditioned minibuses (50 pesos/€10) to my modern hostel in the centre of the city, in the barrio of San Telmo.

After a bit of a rest & a shower I went out to Adrogué, 23km south of Buenos Aires to meet up with some of the bands who are playing a gig tomorrow night. After being advised to avoid the train, I ended up on an unmarked minibus surrounded by commuters going home from work. But after an hours drive I ended up in the leafy town where I was met and brought for beers, music, fernet & empanadas. Another minibus van back to the city around midnight, to spend my first night in Argentina. A fantastic welcome to what appears to be an amazingly friendly and interesting capital city.

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