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Published: November 18th 2011
dulce de leche con chocolate...yum!
...sitting from my balcony in villa crespo, a more quiet residential neighborhood, and starting to round out our time here in buenos aires...it has been both exhausting and amazing. there's so much to see, and in only three days, we've tried to capture a lot of it.
we arrived a few days ago to our hotel...querido...and again we were impressed. very charming bed and breakfast, with owners from the UK and Brazil. also a perk, they speak English! my brain is on overload from translating conversations, searching for the word, searching for the verb, and searching for the tense, but my spanish has already improved since we've been here.
highlights of the our time in buenos aires:
-recoleta cementery - it's where evita was once buried, amongst others
-museo nacional de bellas artes - 10 steps inside, and you're blown away by renoir, van gogh, manet, and other universally known painters and sculptors
-plaza de mayo - famous plaza in front of the casa rosada, which is where the president does business
-bicentennial museo - provides you with great history of the politics of BA
food highlights include the following:
-878 - we would never have known about this place it
if weren't for the wonderful owners of our b&b - it has no marking on the door, save for a man standing outside. it opens into this speak-easy type of bar and restaurant, with great food and drinks
-la cabrera - one of the most famous and highly rated restaurants in all of buenos aires. order the medio lomo, and expect to be served 3 cuts of beef tenderloin, with about a dozen side sauces and dishes. it is an amazing value for your money
-helado - any place will do...dulce de leche is what they're known for
-vino - i've never had so much in my life. the vinto tinto is amazing
of course the city has it's ups and downs. it's super easy to hail a cab, there is always a mercado around the corner for most basic food needs, and overall people have been quite friendly. once again, knowing a bit of spanish goes a long way...on the downside, the city has some of the LONGEST city blocks i've ever walked, and the metro is sparse in some places, so we've cabbed it quite a bit.
we're heading out tomorrow on an overnight bus halfway across the
querido hotel y casa
our home in BA, with wonderful owners Alastair and Mariana
country to mendoza - wine country. it's truly been an awesome adventure thus far. i can't say it enough, but we picked perfect friends to experience south america with. we all have a love of travel, the need for new experiences, and aren't afraid to laugh off an embarrassing situation or two. for those of you following at home, i'll be sure to fill you in, in just a few weeks!
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