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Published: December 7th 2009
I made it back to Buenos Aires Monday evening and I met a very nice Peruvian taxi driver and had a chance to really practice my Spanish with him as we were stuck in rush hour traffic on my way to Palermo. He asked me how I liked Buenos Aires and I was enthusiastic; he was less so. I did a bit of reading and got an early night sleep. The next morning I went to the hostel in Recoleta where I checked in and waited for excitedly for Pablo and chatted with the hostel owner while munching on little croissants (everyone eats them for breakfast here – they're a little more dense than those in France – different, but pretty good). I was very happy to see Pablo when he arrived.
After a long flight, Pablo was tired so we waited until the afternoon to head out and explore. First I showed Pablo Recoletta and Retiro, as we were nearby. We went to the cemetery and took lots of fotos as we were amazed by the juxtaposition of wealth and poverty, art and extravagance for its own sake, and polished tombs, glitz, and falling coffins and broken glass. I
like visiting cemeteries. They never cease to bring insight into culture and history. This one is certainly interesting!
We went to the national fine arts museum, Museo Bellas Artes, a short walk from the cemetery. There were certainly a few gems in the collection from the eighteenth and nineteenth century collections, but I found most of the modern and contemporary section dull.
The rain started again and in the cold we decided to head to the brewpub that I had tried last week and spent some time chatting.
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