Just so that you have this straight – Olivier and I
have decided that DAY 1 of the expedition will be the day we actually start flying.
This is day minus 10 about …. Olivier arrived in
Buenos Aires on Saturday the 13th March and via e-mail told me he would collect me from the airport when I arrived.
After a 12-hour flight we touched down at Buenos
Aires International airport. In Johannesburg the airport security had removed some screwdrivers from my tool kit explaining that they were dangerous weapons – it took me an additional half-hour to locate them in
Buenos Aires. Olivier was not there to meet me and I felt disappointed.
After the hectic previous few months I was not yet
able to fully comprehend that I was actually in South America but the reality set in when I tried to ask where I could buy a phone card and no one could understand me.
Suddenly Olivier appeared out of the crowd and jumped
on me. After an enthusiastic and cheerful re-union we set off for the center of Buenos Aires.
Edgardo, who is a microlight and gyrocopter
pilot, put us up (on the floor) in a flat above his business. Within minutes we were back on the street wandering around, looking for something interesting and different. We found a square where couples were dancing
the Tango to music from a mobile disco. We were shocked at the price of beer.