Published: May 19th 2008April 19th 2008 ARGENTINA: Saturday, April 19th to Friday, April 25th
Buenos Aires has so many beautiful historic churches scattered throughout the city. They could do a tour based solely on these buildings.
We only had one full weekend during our trip to Argentina so we opted for the Tigre Delta Cruise on Saturday, and roaming the streets of San Telmo and La Boca on Sunday. Although I am rarely sick, I came down with a strange bug on Saturday and unfortunately spent most of the delta cruise with my eyes closed. I did, however, manage to wake up to take a few pictures of former President Sarmiento's old cottage. For the first time in my life I saw an important house, which, instead of being transformed into a traditional sort of museum, has been completely encased in a glass box. It was quite a bizarre site!! Glass box aside, the Delta area really was quite pleasant, and it was a lovely area to spend our Saturday.
After the cruise I was feeling a little better and so the boys and I decided to have a night on the town (as it was our only
Saturday in the capital). We returned to the hotel for a quick rest and some showers at around 7, but unfortunately shortly after, were all SOUND ASLEEP
Former President Sarmiento's precious cottage. I would hate to have to clean those windows!
for the night! How disappointing!!
Waking up Sunday after our accidental 12-hour sleep we were more than ready for San Telmo and La Boca. Our first adventure of the day was public transportation. Opting for subways over private cars we were able to take a ride on an old Metrovias, complete with beautiful wooden benches. The train chugged and jerked as it embarked on its route, and minutes later everything turned black and came to an abrupt stop. We truly felt we were getting the whole package as the conductor jumped under the train to bang a few things... and then returned to his booth and magically started the train up again!
Once downtown we wandered the tourist-packed streets of San Telmo and La Boca. After walking through both neighborhoods I think that everyone would agree with me - activities in San Telmo and La Boca can be described as 'same same, but different'. San Telmo specializes in antique shops, and La Boca specializes in souvenir shops, but both areas prey on the hundreds of tourists that walk their streets every Sunday. In addition to the shops, there are the stalls of random handicrafts covering everything from knitted
sweaters to hollowed bamboo with faces (used to burn incense in). There are occasional street performers posing as statues in metallic colors, and there are groups dancing tango on every block. The best performance of the day was by far the man without a partner, who improvised by dancing with a mannequin... which even seemed to have a sassy attitude as 'she' became jealous over the female crowd members! Creativity at its best!!
The remaining 5 days of our trip (excluding Tuesday, which I write about in another blog) were pretty low-key. Monday my mom and I had a girls' day with manicures, pedicures, and hair treatments; Monday night we had dinner and drinks at Christine and Richie's (my mom's cousins); Wednesday Chris, Glen and I stuffed ourselves on over-priced and super-sized meals at the Hard Rock Cafe and finished up our souvenir shopping; Thursday we had a delicious lunch at Ivy's and spent the afternoon looking at photos and chatting; and Friday was our good-bye day, the day I always hate!
Looking back, visiting Argentina with my family was absolutely wonderful! Before our trip I think we were all a little anxious to be spending an entire
Wanted: Tango Partner with a Heartbeat
I give this man credit for creativity. His tango partner is a mannequin which he has carefully sewed to his feet. She could however, use a makeover. It was quite obvious that a man did her make-up!
two weeks together... afterall, it was the first time in 6 or 7 years that we had all spent more than one week under the same roof. Honestly speaking... I thought we might have ripped each other's heads off, and my brother even 'jokingly' suggested that with the wine being so cheap, we should enforce a 24/7 happy hour, but it wasn't necessary. We shared so many good laughs, ate so much delicious food, and had so many wonderful experiences! Almost a month has passed since we left Argentina, and I still find myself smiling over all the little things that happened during our trip. From 'milkbone milenesas
' and bad drivers to dulce de leche
delights and family moments, I think we will be reminiscing of our Argentine adventures for years to come! :)
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