Published: August 6th 2012August 5th 2012
To reassure the purists....don't worry, we won't be able to claim to have become locals of Buenos Aires in just a week....but we have to admit, we are having a great time!
Time has run at full speed the last few days! It's already just over a week since we came back to Buenos Aires, and we are now nearly fully settled.
We came back last Sunday morning from a 15 hours bus ride from the amazing ski slopes of Las Lenas. I'm happy I did my homeworks properly....we had amazing weather and snow in Las Lenas....they had crappy weather in Bariloche and less than average ski! Sunday night was also our last night in a hotel....as after a month on the road, we were to move in our new home on Monday!
We spent our Sunday shopping to get the lunh box ready for the coming day....Leslie had another haircut to be "clean" for his first day at school....and we spent a good part of our day at the Exposicion Rural. This is basically the biggest Agricultural exhibition of the year...you speak of a lot of cows, a lot of horses....crafts...big
trucks...and food...welcome to Argentina! It's the country side coming to the city folks!
By Monday, I was on to run for 48 hours...and run I did. Tiffany and Leslie had their first day at school on Monday, the same day I had to pick up the keys of our new flat, plus the full interview process at school...move and settle everything...shop for the new school year...and make sure the kids had a home-cooked dinner....don't you call this a challenge?!?
My only solution was to rent a car for two days...and play the taxi between home and school...and the pickup truck between the city and home for all our bags! Driving around Capital Federal is actually not that bad. Ok, it's better if you know how to be a little aggressive driving those roads. Once you leave the city of Buenos Aires, roads are worst than Africa, so you have to add the qualities of rally driver to avoid all those pot holes...shall I call them cratter holes!
By Wednesday, the rental car was back at Avis, and a remis was picking up the kids each day to go to school. This
is basically a private taxi....advantages are you know who is driving and he can show his ID at the school door...easy...
After a week at home, so far so good, we love the place...and can't wait for the weather to warm up to get dinner on the terrace...and the swimming pool to open....but for that, we may have to wait till November!
Kids have already a lot of friends. They wouldn't believe us when we explain to them how welcoming argentinians are...now they believe us...I trust Leslie fb account is currently exploding!
Than came the week-end...later in bed at night...and woke up later too...we have a great bakery next door...and few more restaurants to try around home....we'll keep those for the week-ends as the little guys wake up a little too early everyday of the week days to await a 9pm dinner time!
Saturday was spent walking around Recoleta, visiting the Museo de Bellas Artes...it's free, it's actually pretty nice and a good wait to get busy on a winter afternoon...oh yes, we had our first local pizza...nice!
Sunday....we took the collectivo one more time...as
the metro system is on strike for at least 5 days...first stop, La Boca. And this is actually the first time we saw so many international tourists since we arrived in Argentina. The sun was out, enjoy the pictures, even if they are way too "cliche"!
We than made our way to a great gem of Bs....La Reserva Ecologica Costanera Sur...right outside of Puerto Madero is this huge reserve...paradise for birders, walkers...Our initial plan was to find bicycles to rent...we never find any...maybe the winter, maybe our outdated LP...so we walked...and had a pretty good time. Next week, we are on for another park, trying to find bicycles rental...one more time...
And this was it...a week in Buenos Aires...today is already another day, with more adventures on the program. Trust me, it's going to take some serious time to see, visit, eat everything we want around our new home...that's the beauty of living one year in a new city. There is no need to rush, but so much to discover!
Next week....shall we go Evita way....but first, hunt for the bicycles...and not the ones "in-town"....with the way they drive here, no
way I'm putting Tiffany and Leslie on the road here tomorrow morning!
Oh yes..and icecream!
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