Well, that was an interesting overnight trip to B.A!
Firstly, for the last few days I have been trying to book a room at the hotel I am staying at but kept getting error messages. My last attempt was literally while sitting on the plane prior to take-off. So off I flew to B.A. without having accommodation! C’est la vie!
When I landed at the airport, I got a taxi from one of the desks which you come to even before you officially exit the arrivals area (not sure if this is the smartest way to go, but at least I paid up front which I liked). I told the guy that I didn’t have the address of the hotel handy but gave him the name and he said not to worry.
The taxi ride took about 40-45 minutes and the cabbie pulled up to a totally different hotel than the one I had given the guy at the desk. Well, the cabbie didn’t speak English and I don’t speak Spanish so we had quite the entertaining conversation piecing together a conversation in a mix of Italian and Spanish until we got the whole thing sorted!
Luckily, when I arrived at the hotel they still had the room available that I have been trying to book for several days at this stage!!!
Secondly, the people on the flight were the most high-strung, dramatic passengers that I have ever travelled with on a plane! Let me just sum it up by saying there was a lot of arm-flaying and raised voices and testy interaction with flight attendants like I have never witnessed before! You gotta love that Latin blood! Thank God they screen for weapons at security!
Lastly, I can tell the language is going to be an interesting challenge for me. Just reading things and listening to people so far has been confusing! So much of the language is like Italian that I can understand a fair bit but then other words are completely different! I know I will be ‘grazie-ing’ and ‘per favore-ing’ and ‘buono-ing’ all over the place. Especially as the people here in B.A. are known to speak Spanish with a somewhat Italian accent!
I’ve already had to refer to the hotel key several times to remind myself how to spell the “Buenos” part of Buenos Aires for this blog post!