Argentina: Getting Around Buenos Aires

I love how each ride cost 1 peso. A quarter USD. And in my few days of travel, I don’t think I have taken enough rides equivalent to one metro ticket of $2.25 in NYC. However, it has its shortcoming. The subway is good, except the last train ends at 10:30pm. Seriously?! For a city that starts dinner at 10pm, it seems a little ridiculous to cut the line that early. But instead, they have their buses going 24/7.

The buses though, are highly confusing. Firstly, they don’t offer much information about the bus at the stops. Some have the route in words, while most have been torn off. Basically, it’s almost impossible to know what bus to take without a guidebook. That led to much unintended walking and the constant struggle to stop myself from hailing a cab.

When I missed the last train one night, I decided to take the bus back, and that has to be one of the most exciting/scariest bus rides of my life. Constantly staring at my map and looking out to spot street signs which are mostly vandalized or missing, I obviously had a very concerned look on my face. The pregnant lady besides me said something in Spanish, which I replied I have no idea what you are saying. She giggled and mimicked me looking so intently at the map. I shook my head and laughed, and went back to staring at the map. It would have been easy if the bus just stayed on one street, but nooooooo, this bus had to make turns after every 2 blocks. Left, then right, then left, making it impossible for me to follow on the map.

Interesting side note: a person boarded the bus that looks exactly like that Indian guy from Parks and Recreation, aziz or something. I seriously still wonder whether it was him, although what is he doing in BA in a public bus?! NBC not paying him enough???

Anyway, I actually got pretty close to my hostel and am thankful to be alive.

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