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South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires June 27th 2019

One of the differences I find between Chilean and Canadian work culture is the amount of greeting/goodbye-ing that goes on. Canadians, I would say, and I don’t want to say we are not as friendly (although I think Chileans might say we are not), we are not exactly full of hellos and goodbyes in the office. Like, when you come into the office here, or when you leave, you might say hello or goodbye to who you see on the way to your desk. Whereas in Chile, you may go to your desk, but then you go around your group, and give everyone a handshake, or a kiss on the cheek, and then when you leave, it’s all the same process. Ciao ciao, decansas, hasta manana etc. etc. And when you first think about it, well ... read more
Come for the views, stay for the protests
Hittin' the Pari-zha
Comfortable spaces for the wealthy unliving

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires March 9th 2019

Como todo esto se trata de la Argentina, no creo deber que traducir mi texto... porque seguro que entenderan por si mismo el significado de las fotos... Igual si quieren pulsen el boton traducir... -------------------------------------------------- En effet... dès notre réveil une surprise se profile à notre fenêtre... Il y a des barricades partout... Allons-nous pouvoir aller nous promener dans la ville ???? On nous dit à l'hôtel de ne pas tarder car au fure et à mesure des heures qui passent, les rues seront de plus en plus bloquées.... Comme on voit des piétons derrrière ces barrières on ne se préocupe pas de trop... Macri, le président de l'Argentine a décidé d'ouvrir une séance au Palais des Congrès aujourd'hui... du coup grand branle-bas de combat... comme si cela n'avait pas été prévu... Il a fait sortir ... read more
une sélection de livres incroyable
le sous sol réservé aux enfants

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires February 5th 2019

It was with mixed feelings that I left home for more than 2 months. It was sad to drop my standard poodle Roman off at Frankie & Bab's Winter Camp (Thank you F&B!!). And after a tearful departure with Mark at the airport, I lugged my now 110 pounds of no-wheel luggage to the check-in counter, checked the 2 duffel bags, and proceeded to the security check point. The guard asked if I had any food products and I said the I had a box of Godiva chocolates. He made me take it out of my backpack and put it on a tray to be X-rayed. He exclaimed, "A box of chocolates!" I explained that, "My flight attendant friend Michele told me to take a box of chocolates and give it to the first flight attendant ... read more
Let the Adventure Begin
Godiva Heaven
And the Winner Is...

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires February 5th 2019

How does one do justice to Buenos Aires (BA) when visiting the city of 15 million people in only 4 days and nights? My answer: hire a private tour guide! Prior to arriving in BA, I googled "BA private tour guide" and up came with choices. I wrote to highly rated guide Marcelo Mansilla and he responded right back (he gave me permission to use his whole name if I wrote positive reviews about his tour business, Ha!). It was the best decision I made for making the most of my limited time in BA. I hired him for ½ day right after checking in to my hotel room. This was crucial for me as he showed me the ropes of navigating the city using taxis, buses and when walking alone, especially at night. He ... read more
Hotel Arc Recoleta
Tour Guide and Porteno Marcelo
Eva Peron's Final Resting Place

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires February 2nd 2019

Vive Miles & More... on collecte ses points et un jour arrive... on en a assez que pour aller retrouver nos amis... à petit prix... Quoi que. .. c'est quand cela vous arrive que vous vous rendez compte que finalement un billet d'avion contient plus de sous en taxes d'aéroport qu'en transport lui même ... en effet, si j'achetais mon billet ce jour, 3 février, je payerais 1.185 euros... alors qu'avec les points je n'ai payé que 500 euros... (de taxe...) mais ce billet en mars ne faisait que 950 euros dont les 500 euros de taxe.... Quand vous réservez alors un billet dans une agence de voyage... ne pensez pas qu'elle gagne grand chose .... c'est une fois de plus "pures taxes". Merci les gouvernements ! Contents donc aujourd'hui de constater qu'on a tout de ... read more

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires January 24th 2019

Only 7 days before I fly to "Good Air" Buenos Aires (BA), Argentina! What's not to like about warm 85˚F, sunny and palm trees after snowshoeing in lots of snow and cold? Yikes! Time is flying. I am mostly packed and thankfully will be just within the airline weight limits of 50 pounds per duffel bag. PTL, I fit in all 21 pairs of underwear! LOL. Had to last minute order more packing cubes, the last 4 arriving today. I have been also brushing up on my Spanish, reading a book about using my new 83X telephoto bridge camera, learning my new GoPro camera, learning the names of all of the ship's 30 sails, reading everything I can find about all of the places I am going to be visiting, hiring a BA guide, getting ... read more
A Backpack & 2 Duffel Bags
Europa Sail Plan
Moon December 25, 2018 @ 7:52AM EST

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires January 21st 2019

Today is rather disjointed as many tourist attractions are closed on Mondays. Our hotel is in the banking district so has been like a ghost town all weekend. However, this morning it is heaving and all the shops and cafes are open, not just McDonalds, where we had breakfast yesterday. This is a problem, as the old man doesn’t cope well with choice and we have to study numerous menus before we are finally able to sit down and order some actual food. Most of the morning we wander around Buenos Aires admiring the city’s architecture. We brave a guided tour of the Palacio Barolo; an Art Deco tower block where each floor represents a different verse of Dante’s Divine Comedy. You start in the foyer (hell) then work your way up through purgatory to heaven. ... read more
Palacio Barolo
Palacio Barolo
Palacio Barolo

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires January 19th 2019

We’re up at 3 am for our flight 700 miles south to Buenos Aires, the start of our Argentinian adventure. It is a relief to (a) leave Paraguay and (b) get a bit further from the equator. The day does not start well with the old man vomiting between the hotel and the taxi. Once at the airport, my first challenge of the day; to spend our remaining £20 worth of Guarani in the departure lounge. I leave Asunción clutching 2 glass chickens, a cap and a healthy breakfast combo of empanadas and Pringles. In the plane I have an emergency exit seat. The steward explains that sitting here requires being able to follow crew instructions. He sounds fairly unconvinced that I’m up to the job. The flight arrives without incident and we are at our ... read more
Entrance to Casa Rosada
Stampy Casa Rosada guard
Casa Rosada courtyard

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires December 17th 2018

Do You Tango? Buenos Aires, December 2018 It’s been a few years since I last walked this exotic city – how I have missed it. I’ve given myself a few days to become reacquainted with a locale that once embedded in your heart, never leaves. Arriving in this South American port city by cruise ship, I’m on my way to the hotel within a few hours of the ship docking. I used a local shuttle service for the transfer – – and for the total price of $54.00 for 4 people, it was a great deal, with swift and efficient transport. This latest adventure has me checking out a new brand edition to the Hilton portfolio, the Curio Collection. This one boasts an ideal location which fronts onto the famous Plaza Dorrego, a colorful, dynamic ... read more

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires November 12th 2018

On Saturday I had to get the bus back to Buenos Aires, feeling very thankful I’d booked online and reserved the same seat. I booked a Cabify and to my annoyance he arrived 20 minutes early and I got an ‘Alejandro has arrived and is waiting’notification. Then the time was ticking along, showing me how long, second by second, he’d been waiting. Luckily I was all ready so hurtled downstairs with my stuff, forgetting to leave a tip for the maid. Checkout was quick as the room is paid by my company. I was reproachful with him but as we set off I got a ‘your journey has started’ message, so he hadn’t charged for waiting time. It is easy to report a problem after a journey on the app and then they rectify it, it ... read more

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