Meeting Stephs Family
09.01.2007 - 11.01.2007 28 °C
I´ve actually started to really enjoy BA and like anywhere in the world (especially cities) once you become familiar with them... their appeal begins to grow and you also begin to feel far more at home.
Buenos Aires is a lovely city. It has it´s problems and dodgy areas, however, which city doesn´t?
We met Steph´s cousin (who was travelling with his girlfriend and happened to be staying here in BA) Dave and Katie had been here a month and to be honest were god sends when it came to shedding a different light on Buenos Aires.
They´d rented a flat and as such were more like locals than anything. As a result we got to ask them all those important questions that had been running through our minds....
1. How much does the bus cost?
Ans: 80c to anywhere in the city (you put it in the mahcine when you board)
2. Why do the kids walk around in the evening collecting rubbish?
Ans: As the government pay them to collect the plastic and cardboard and take it to the recycling plant where they get some money (Not much I expect though)
3. What´s "Que Bos" mean?
Ans: The Linguistics in BA are funny with LL´s being pronounced Sh in Castellano (Latin American Spanish) as opposed to "ja" as in European Spanish. Also in Castallano there´s no "tu" for you... instead you use "Vos" for you.
And so ... the answer is, in reply to being asked Que Tal? or Como Esta? you reply "Bien Gracias, Que Vos" meaning "fine thanks.. and you?"
4. How much is a beer?
Ans: ranges between $3.50 for a Chop (a chop is about a half pint in a handled glass) to $6, $7 for a Litre bottle of Quilmes (the local Lager)...
current Ex Rate : 1 pound Stirling = $6 pesos
5. What´s with the dollar sign?
The Argentinian Peso also uses the Dollar sign and once you´re here, everything is in peso´s. Forget USD etc.
The Lonely planet makes it very misleading as to how useful the USD is, however from our experience, hostels, restaurants, and tourist tours all prefer Peso´s and you´re less likely to get ripped off or highlighted as a "gringo" also
6. Taxis.... well we thought they were all fine, until we recently got one from Retiro to the Hostel and he charged quite a bit on the meter... which was about twice what it normally was... I gave him two 10 peso notes for the fare and he then did a quick swap of one and tried to infer that I´d given him a photocopy!!! and a bad one at that !!!!
Now since I´d seen him try the quick swap option I told him "No Entiendo"!!!
To which I got a blank response and then he tried it again.... to which I replied "No Entiendo!"
After about five time of this, he eventually gave up on his little scam and We got out of the taxi! Imagine if I´d really given him a forgery!!! He´d have been ranting and raving and taken me to the nearest police oifficer.... which he didn´t!
So the moral..... if they try this with you... act dumb and eventually they give up!!!
unfortunately, Dave and Katie had to head off to Uruguay last Friday... so we joined them for a night out on the Wednesday (which lasted til 6am) and then the next day, Dave, Katie and I went to the Boca Juniors Stadium (Steph stayed in bed all day... apparently she´d eaten something that had disagreed with her the night before.... yeh right..... eaten far too many vodka´s I reckon!)