We arrived at the Santiago airport on Monday morning, April 4th. We had printed electronic tickets, but nowhere did it say which airline it was! So we wondered around everywhere, a bit stressed, and after a good 30 minutes we found out that we were booked on a Brazilian airline called GOL. Phew! The flight was quite good and we arrived in Buenos Aires after about 1 1/2 hour.
We had a beautiful view of The Andes (huge chain of mountain separating Chile from everywhere else) from the aiplane window:
The city of Buenos Aires is really beautiful, it kind of reminds me of a mix of Paris and New York with lots of Italian food. The people are quite nice, and the architecture is really detailed and very European style:
On Monday night (or should I say, very early Tuesday morning?) we went to see a show which featured Stoner/Doom metal band Dragonauta. For some reason, they sounded even more powerful than on their albums! Their riffs were amazing, and people went totally insane… here is a photo of their set:
Thanks a million to Alejandro for the invitation to the gig!
The next day, we finally tasted some of the famous Argentinian steak. We had Bife de Chorizo (a steak from the back of the cow) at a restaurant called Pippo. The meat was very good and tasty, and was cooked over charcoal (they call it parrilla around here). I actually had a better steak in Montreal last summer, so I am still craving an absolutely mind-blowing steak from here, but here are the photos anyway!
We also had some of Buenos Aires’ famous pizza, which tasted ok (the crust was quite nice) but I prefer my very own hahaha:
But what we enjoyed the most, and what we will remember Buenos Aires for, is its cemetery…
La Recoleta Cemetery
Located in a high-class neighborhood, this cemetery dates from the late 1700’s and contains about 4300 mausoleums – all above ground. You can say it is some sort of Necropolis (a city of the dead) because it actually has roads:
And the coolest thing about this cemetery is that alot of vaults have been forgotten for years, even centuries… so some are extremely dusty and have ancient spiderwebs…
There was also some cool stuff, like Egyptian ornaments:
A zombie grave:
And some other cool cryptic stuff:
We also went to a friend – Eric (Baphometal zine and distro)’s place, and had a killer dinner while talking about traveling and metal from all over the world. (We listened to some Nepalese metal and more!) It was really eye opening, as Eric and his girl are great travelers that went all over southern Asia and India on a 2$ per day budget. Really cool! They taught us a lot… a million thanks to you two!
So that’s what we pretty much did in Buenos Aires! Haha! On Friday, we took a 11-hour night bus north to Villa General Belgrano.
We arrived to Villa General Belgrano at 8 in the morning….
Villa General Belgrano
Located in the mountains in the province of Cordoba, and with a population of 6000 people, Villa General Belgrano is quite a strange village. It was mostly populated by German sailors that survived from a ship wreck in the 1940’s! The town is absolutely charming; the houses are made Bavarian style and they host the world’s third biggest Oktoberfest festival. We stayed two days only, but in a bed and breakfast. Luxury!
The place also had some killer German-style restaurants and microbreweries which we tried of course!
So that’s all for Villa General Belgrano. We really enjoyed that city, although it was really weird to be immersed in so much German culture in Argentina hahaha!
This afternoon we arrived in Cordoba, the second biggest city in Argentina. We didn’t get to visit too much, but so far it’s really cool. More news from that city later on this week, I guess!!