8th October 2014
It's so nice to be back in Buenos Aires, however briefly and however rushed I’m feeling. Although it’s hard to put your finger on exactly what, Buenos Aires just has something special and I love returning here.
And on this visit, my eighth in all, my timing has been perfect. Leaving London just as summer finally came crashing to an end, I’ve arrived in the Argentinian capital just as summer has finally arrived. Antonella, a colleague from our local partners, told me on arrival that today was the first day the sun has shone in nearly three weeks. The sky is blue, the air clear and the jacaranda trees are coming into bloom. The dog walkers are out in force – I saw one person leading 16 dogs varying in size from German shepherd to clipped poodle – the outside cafes are filling up, and lovers are canoodling in the parks. There is a sense the city is waking up, looking at its most lush and pretty.
And that is certainly one of the things you can’t help but be impressed by… Buenos Aires is a beautiful city; a place where the elegance of old Europe mingles with the seductive charms of Latin America. Look up at a baroque façade and you might easily assume you are in Paris or Rome, look down where couples tango in the park and you know you’re in another world.
So having had a lunch meeting with Antonella, I rushed around shooting some film of the famous Pink Palace, the hugely impressive Congress Building and Recoleta Cemetery – final resting place of Argentina’s most famous daughter, Eva Peron. Tonight I’ll take it easy in the splendour of the beautiful Four Seasons - my room very kindly offered on a complimentary basis, just so I can check out what the place is like for our clients (pretty darn nice I can tell you!) – before heading to Iguaçu Falls tomorrow. Then back here for a night before flying on to Chile where the real adventure will begin, as I head up into the Atacama Desert.
So all good, and I have to say I am a very happy boy!