Argentina (Summer End of Dec 2010 - End of March 2011)
Tango? Argentine meat? Wine? I had actually visited Argentina when i was studying in Curitiba, Brazil (Aug 2010 - Dec 2010). But the capital city, Buenos Aires is totally out of my expectation. I was wondering if the long-hauled bus journey from Asuncion had transported me back to Europe. Very French and Spain i would say. Argentina was supposed to be my last two stop before heading back to Brazil, because i couldn't get the visa to enter Bolivia, so i completely changed my itinerary.
Couchsurfing is not something new to me but, i sent the request last minute and lucky enough i got a couch in Buenos Aires. My host is a nice guy, but i felt uneasy and frustrating when he asked, "Can i believe you? Because i am going to give you the key of my apartment." after two nights sleeping on the couch in the living room. I had a boring Christmas as well. He promised to bring me to a pub but ended up walking around the neighbour alone. I don't blame him as it's his first couchsurfing experience. And he knew very little about the city he is living in. How pathetic. I decided to stay at a hostel in the downtown, since his place is nearly 45mins walking from the city centre.
I somehow felt happier to pay for my own lodging. (Anyway, he told me later it would be no problem to stay at his place again next time.) I talked to some travellers in the 8-bed dormitory room. They recommended me to visit here and there before heading to Santiago, Chile. I had a great time in Mendoza, a small town that famous of its wine. I met Coti in Lima, Peru (a month later), for sure, i will crash at his place when i go to Argentina again then down to the south for glacier and penguins! lol