Day 28-30 Buenos Aires

0V7C3659Friday morning was an early flight up to Buenos Aires. The site said we had to be there 2 hours before but the airport was completely dead. Checked in, scored and exit and paid our $3.50 US departure tax.

Arrived at Buenos Aires and were greeted by Sally and Ignacio – former Imagine Cup judges and contestants. They were lovely enough to drop us at our hotel. Had a bit of fun getting out of the carpark when the ticket system was a little busted and was issuing all the tickets with the same rego plate – oops.

Wandered around the afternoon and got stuck into some more great pizza. Had a great dinner with Sally and Ignacio and went to bed far to late for the early morning we had.

Saturday we had a nice sleep in for the first time in a month and a lazy morning enjoying a proper bed! We wandered around Palermo and went to the city zoo. We’re there in the middle of the day so totally wrong light for pictures.

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They had a big range of animals and quite a few South American ones.

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There were a few I hadn’t seen before like this one which seriously looked like a large dog-sized guinea pig. There was also another one that looked like a cross between a rabbit and a small deer.

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Lots of usual suspects like Lion, Tiger, Giraffe, Elephant, Rhino, Hippo.

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Had a decent range of bears. You could buy food and feed most of the animals so I imagine it’s popular with families. The animals all looked healthy but this is quite an old zoo so their enclosures were quite small so I found it a bit sad.

On the journey back to our hotel found an ice-cream shop to have some ice-cream and milkshake.

Sunday  is our big journey home. Flight to Santiago, Auckland and then Brisbane. We catch up with Sally and Ignacio and have lunch at an all you can eat meat restaurant. Off to the airport where we get a really nice LAN checkin guy who is determined to merge our qantas and lan bookings so we can check our bags all the way through to Brisbane. He resorted to writing on the bag tags – will I ever see my bags again?

After 3 gruelling flights without exit row we arrive home with our luggage – WIN!