Tandil – 15.Oktober
I wanted to take the first bus to tandil, but it was all fully booked so I took the next one 14 s.th. And arrove 2 hrs later in tandil. I wanted to go into a hotel suggested by lonely planet but the remise driver suggested to go into another one so I took that (Roma) which was good quality but also a bit more expensive (450 ARS). But it was in a nice area. Dropped my stuff and asked around where I could change blue dollars, but nobody know. So I decided to wait until tomorrow and if I do not find someone I need to take money out of the ATM. So I walked a bit the center and then went into a bar which was suggested to me because of life music. But today there was none. The people where really friendly so I stayed two beers and I start to talk to the owners asking them whether they know somebody to change money. They said no but they looked for somebody. And luckily there came one. He was not an official changer so he asked me how I could proove that the money is real. I couldnt tell him, well at least I got 200 USD for 1:15 changed (in BSAS 1:16). I finished my beer and returned to the hotel
Early morning I brought my laundry to wash and after that I wanted to have lunch in this famous cheese restaurant, so I went there but it was closed. So I checked the map and decided first to go to the calvario and then doing part of the historic circuit. It was a nice walk and as my lips got dry I took my first beer. Returned to the hostel around 7, picked up my laundry and had a good talk with the owner. I asked him for a good Parillada and he pointed me to a tenedor libre (all you can eat) as he said he probably will make it around 9 pm I went there. Normally I do not like the ALL YOU CAN EAT as the quality is good but not very high. I waited until 9:15 but he didnt show up so I ordered. As I assumed, the meat was good but not as good as it is in an 'a la carte'.
Now it started to rain and I had not my raincoat with me so I waited a glass of wine more ;o) until it was not as heavy anymore. Walking to the live music place as they said me it starts at 11pm. I reached the place 10 minutes before 11 pm and it was closed. So I thought shit but suddenly the owner came from inside and opened. Hmmm, life music and no one inside, what kind of event will this be. I decided to drink a beer and leave afterwards. But suddenly a guy came in with guitar and 2 guests. He started to play quarter past and suddenly more and more people came. It was an argentinan caraoke or jam session, like it was in my early days in los gatos, california. So the night turned out incredible. Very very good mood or buena onda. I left at 2:30 am but the others kept on going – all above the 70ies.
15.Oktober Tandil → BSAS
The bus to BSAS left around 1pm so I had time a bit to walk again through the city looking for knifes, there where good shops but I couldnt decide Also I went to the Museum of bellas artes. Probably I apply with my pics for an exhibition next year.
I arrove around 5pm in Retiro, took a cab to Alejandro. Had to send him an SMS as his doorbell doesnt work. Suddenly he opened the door with a welcome package in his hand, Redwine ;o)). With a very warm welcome we went to his flat, high ceilings and Patina. This would be really good for pics I thought. We had some more wine and alejandro prepared some meat and potatos and tomato salad ;o). We went to the Buquebus (no the other one) terminal as I wanted to go for a day to Colonia in Uruguay to get dollars. But I could not by tickets today and I should come tomorrow at 6:30 to by the ticket. No thats not for me so I skipped this idea and we returned. To Alejandros place.
Around 9pm we left the house and went to a Milonga in Cochabamba street. Wow quite full and there was a tango class running. We sat in the background and had a beer and some empanadas (incredible cheap in the middle of SAN TELMO). We had another beer and then we left to a typical Pulperia (gaucho restaurant with supermarket). There we had another redwine and around 1 am we returned to the Milonga. Wow, full full full and a lot of pretty chics. I need to learn tango. There we stayed until 3 am and where quite done ;o).
Friday and I was dead. Alejandro left to run and I just stayed a bit longer in bed. On return we showered and we walked in direction La Boca where we wanted to have lunch. We went to Boca a Boca as there a friend of Alejandro – Rita works and lives nearby. We got a menu for 80 pesos with very good quality and rita also participated. The place is at night a Tango bar and I explained Rita I am desperately looking for a tango couple to take pictures of. So she told me she will ask around as she knows that a lot of tango dancers search for photographers which take little or no money.
We left for La Boca to have a short walk and a beer. We said good bye to rita and returned home to buy meat and chinchilines to have on the terasse of alejandro BBQ or Asado with some friends. But before we went to the pulperia drank some wine and played table soccer and some kind of old game with a frog where you need to through a chip into the frogs mouth. We were already pretty tipsy but hat a lot of fun. Bought meat and veggies and …. Wine what else ;o)). We prepared everything and used his electrical stove. His friends came around 11 pm and we started to eat. The chinchulines were really great and this was the first time he made them. We drank, ate, chatted and smoked some weed.Really a cool evening. I received a sms from Rita that there is a couple available at 11:30 until 12:30 to make the shooting, woooowwwww.
Tandil – 15.Oktober