Three things about Buenos Aires and an encounter in a bank
21.04.2010 - 21.04.2010 18 °C
Three things you should know about Buenos Aires
[list]Buenos Aires is huge.17 million people live there
[*]Its noisy and very busy (all the time)
[*]Its known as the Paris of South America ( it isn't because Paris is in Europe and is more attractive)
Because we are travelling through Bolivia, Peru and Chile our guides suggested that we change some of our dollars into small amounts of these currencies to get us through border controls until we can change larger amounts. This seemed sensible sowe began looking for a bank that could do this for us, leading to an interesting 6 hours working out the Argentinian Banking system.( with very little Spanish)
Eventually we found the Banco Piano which exchanged dollars for all those currencies.(not many of the banks do this for some reason). After waiting in a queue (Argentinians do queues like us i.e. they love them).We found that we had to book in at the reception first and wait to be directed to a queue. This we did and then spent an hour changing the currency helped by one of the most patient bank clerks I've ever come across. All the time we were being dealt with ( and there were five of us ) an Argentian woman stood in the queue behind us and patiently waited,despite us gesturing to her to come to the front!! Thats professional queue waiting of the highest standard !!