A lazy day in BA

Last Sunday I was due to arrive in Buenos Aires at around 17.30, but a cancelled flight and a redirection to another airport meant that I didn’t hit the pillow until 02.30 on Monday.

Waking at 9.15 I found a message from Pamela (my 2014 guide and translator) who wanted to pick me up for breakfast at 9.30. A few WhatsApp messages later and we agreed on 10.00.

Pamela took me to Malvon, a cafe that would not look out of place in Melbourne. Home made bread and eclectic furniture in an old house. Great and very welcome breakfast and nice to reacquaint ourselves after two years. I was dropped back at my apartment room at 12.30 and Pamela left for work. I lay on the bed to rest my eyes and woke at 16.00!!

imageIt seemed like I had lost a day but I needed a break to recharge the batteries. Later I walked to an area in Palermo that I knew well from before and came across the previously mentioned Antares artesan beer bar. It was early so getting a seat at the bar was not a problem and I settled down with a pint of their IPA (pronounced eepah).

Another pint, some empanados and papas ftitas later and I was on my way and back for an early night.

On the road again

Back in the swing of it at last. The 12.5 hour flight was uneventful apart from the occasional child running up the aisle, a couple of babies crying, oh, and the lady in front of me vomiting for five hours. Usual traffic chaos from airport.

Finally arrived at guest house at 20.30 ( 1.30 am UK). Lovely building, perfect location, pity they imagedidn’t allocate some of the empty space in entrance hall to my studio room which was not big enough to swing a cat. A guinea pig maybe, before they ate it.

Anyway not to waste time a quick shower and out to get a drink! Looked around for a likely spot when suddenly I had an attack of the munchies. I was in no mood for being adventurous so when I saw the ubiquitous McDonalds M, there was no hesitation. A Big Mac y papas later and I was ready for that drink.

I lucked out again as I walked into the most crowded bar with people on waiting list for a table. As I only wanted a thirst quencher and was willing to stand …no problem. imageWhat a place. BarBarian, an artisan beer emporium with 25 craft beers on tap from 6% to over 8%. None of our 3.5% session rubbish here!!

It was reminiscent of Antares in Palermo, Buenos Aires which I hope to revisit next week.