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South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires November 19th 2023

City of Rich Cultural Heritage, Stunning Architecture, Abundant Artistry, Warm, Passionate People, and Turbulent History Once we began exploring, we were out for several hours every day. But to simply list our activities, without sharing what we learned about the city, and the country, would be too shallow an offering. Hence, this blog entry is a long one, as the intent is to provide some historical and political context, as well as information about the places visited. We often take the hop on hop off city bus tour to get introduced to large cities, as their vastness can be intimidating, and Buenos Aires, with its population of over fifteen million certainly fits that description. The bus tours give us perspective and help us identify the places we want most to return to later. There were so ... read more
El Quarandi Tango Show
Teatro Colon
Cafe Tortoni

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires November 16th 2023

Taking a Trip from Dismay to Delight It will be a challenge to share all we have experienced of Buenos Aires, as we have experienced so much in the past 18 days. But before I take on that challenge - which will be the subject of a subsequent post - I wish to reflect upon how I felt upon arrival into this new culture, in this new country, on this new continent where everything was unfamiliar, including the language in which everything is communicated, lest you get the impression that it has all been fun and games. Stan of course felt bewildered also, as it was all new to him too, and he speaks not a word of Spanish. But he was confident I would proficiently look after everything. As was I. And prior to departure ... read more
Our  Neighborhood Fruit & Vegetable Family Store
Our Daily Coffee Stop
Our Favorite Neighborhood Bakery

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires November 11th 2023

A Remembrance Day Flight to Forget This was an adventure that Stan and I have never before experienced. Currently traveling in Argentina, we arrived at the Puerto Iguazu airport at 5 pm Friday evening to catch our 90 minute flight to Buenos Aires at 7 pm. We did not know that Buenos Aires was experiencing heavy rain storms: the very same storms that caused Taylor Swift to cancel her November 10th concert in Buenos Aires that evening, and that caused the domestic airport in Buenos Aires to be temporarily closed. As a result, our flight was repeatedly delayed, until finally, six hours later - at 1 am Saturday morning - we boarded the plane that would take us, along with close two hundred plus other very tired passengers, to Buenos Aires. But it did not - ... read more

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires November 4th 2023

Soccer, Tango and Vibrant Street Culture On our first four days in Buenos Aires we laid pretty low. The twenty five hour flight left us jet lagged and in need of rest, as the pre trip preparations had us exhausted even before we departed. But on day five we began our explorations. And this city is so beautiful, the people so kind and accommodating, and the culture and history so rich, that we soon compiled a long list of things to do while here, and immediately started the process of checking the boxes. Our first venture out of the apartment and into the big city of two million plus was to La Boca, an area of the city known for its large and colorful murals, tango street culture, and most significantly, its being home to one ... read more
La Boca Soccer Club Stadium
The heart of Caminita, La Boca
Street Mural, La Boca

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires March 19th 2023

Blog 5 Puerto Madryn and Back to Buenos Aires So I woke up early Monday morning and headed off in search of dolphins. My drug concoction seemed to have worked. I went with a lovely company called hydrosport where Patricia welcomes everyone and Marissa is the guide. There were only 18 of us on a 72 seater boat, it was a bit overcast but the sea was calm until we got to the edge of the bay and even then it wasn't too bad. It was a lovely trip but sadly no dolphins ! We did get a great display from the young sea lion pups though. There was a Manx shearwater, they never land , except on water, and migrate to Scotland. We were offered a free trip on Wednesday. Marissa mentioned there are Orcas ... read more
Cafe Ideal
Plaza Lavalle
Sea lion pups

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires March 18th 2023

Time To explore BA and then head home… It was basically only about 24 hours with no sleep this time... Saturday morning was our debarkation day in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The letter in our cabin the previous night said everyone leaving the ship today had to be out of their rooms at 8am. We waited downstairs in the atrium (peacefully actually because this was not the waiting area for very many other people apparently) and we got off the boat around 9:30am in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We were walked off by a Costa staff member and taken to our luggage, then our luggage was put through a scanner LEAVING the cruise. In all the time I’ve cruised, this has never happened. I asked why. She flatly said “to check for drugs” so apparently, this is standard ... read more

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires March 10th 2023

It’s been over 48 hours since I wrote a blog post but it feels like 4 or 5 days. We are on the ship. I will back-up and tell everything we’ve went through to get here. It’s A LOT. For starters, let’s back-up to the night we spent in Miami because Kamie has a funny tale to tell… he was outside smoking and the hotel airport shuttle drove-up and the driver proceeded to back into a lady’s car. The driver pulled-up and stayed in the shuttle van… she came outside… he still didn’t get out..… so Kamie told on him! The shuttle driver denied it! There was a shouting matching in Spanish between the shuttle bus driver and the lady (everyone in this area of Miami speaks Spanish as their primary language). She didn’t have too ... read more
We did NOT take this route
Typical housing
Miami - this guy selling fruit in the street - he was kept busy!  Every red light, he sold and sold

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires March 9th 2023

Blog 3 -No Blue Whales Let's start with the whales. Our primary reason for visiting Chiloe and Raul Marin was to see the biggest animal on the planet (read in your best Attenborough's voice). Sadly we didn't see any but nevertheless we had an amazing time, especially in Raul Marin. On our last day we had to hang around for a ferry that was 6 hours late. I had booked a night at a small hostal and Vanessa rang to say we would be late. The boat was much fuller than on the outward trip but we got some sleep, we eventually arrived at 1am but had to wait to get off as an ambulance was waiting to take a woman who had been taken ill. The ferries run late, the staff are surly and know ... read more
Argentine flag Plaza de Mayo
Puerto Madero from 23rd floor
European influences

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires January 26th 2023

This post will likely win the title of our shortest. We spent two days in Buenos Aires and, on one, toured the city with Veronica and her wonderful driver. The city is less dense, and traffic more civilized than Rio, although we're not sure Veronica agrees with either conclusion. There are no captivating landscapes as in Rio, and while the architecture seems better, there is not much to photograph. In fact, we only have the Cathedral to show you. While we enjoyed Marcio in Rio, Veronica is a highly polished professional. She provided extensive history of everything we saw as well as of the country in general. We depart the hotel on 26 January at the absurd time of 5:45 am for a flight to Ushuaia. This is the most southern city in the world. It ... read more
Jose de San Martin
Changing of the Guard
Change Ceremony

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires December 31st 2022

So we left it til last to check out the ‘sights’ of Buenos Aires - we’ve struggled a bit to really get into things here - there are some interesting and beautiful pockets, but on the whole, we’ve found it to be a big busy city with a bit of a lack of identity. Maybe we found it today. Or maybe we’ve struggled with a combination of jet lag, the heat, the constant worry of Covid scuppering our plans combined with lots of lining up. First stop today was a local coffee shop then a walk to Recoleta Cemetery. A wander around looking at some of the very ornate graves, possibly a missed opportunity with our lack of knowledge of Argentinian history. But we soaked up the peace and pondered the creepiness of a nighttime tour! ... read more
Super impressed with the dead
Family stroll around Caminito

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