Gran Hotel Vedra
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My morning yesterday started out like any Jess morning. Special. After waking up at Giselle's house, I had to make a run to the hostel where I had realized I'd left my toothbrush, towel, straightener, makeup, and face wash. Jess, you are a smart cookie. So I walked the eight blocks there and got my stuff and saw that Goode had returned. It was 10:30, and I was hungry so I stole the hostel guests' medialuna. Meh, whatever. I don't think the front desk lady even knew I wasn't staying ...
After breakfast Yvonne drove me NorthWest along the River Rio de Plato. There are many parks and paths that can be explored another day as we needed to get back for a wonderful Asado - a meal with meat cooked on a parrilla ( by Tomas and his brother Ingacio) and potato and lettuce salads enjoyed with family and friends. Also met Santigo, Tomas´s brother and Silvia, Yvonne´s ...
We checked out of the hostel in the morning prior to a flight to Buenos Aires in the afternoon. We had difficulty with our ATM cards in Argentina and were beginning to run low on pesos so we signed up with a company called azimo which allows to transfer euros to pesos at a rate close to the blue rate.
The flight to Buenos Aires was on time and upon the descent we witnessed the sheer size of the city. Although it was ...
... the Quinta de Olivos, the official residence of the President of Argentina, which is located about 30 minutes drive away, but the current President uses a helicopter to get to work which seems a bit extravagant for a country in financial crisis. Once she is at work, two flags are raised on the building to indicate she is there.
There is a permanent fence in front of the palace that runs across the street and the plaza with sections moved open and controlled by the police. It ...
... And, since it was our last full day on board ship, packing had to be done so that my bag could be collected at 10 pm and transferred directly to the airport.
An early dinner with my new friends from Foster City, and then we were off to the downtown area again and a tango show. I was a bit skeptical that it would be a tourist trap, as was the ballet in St. Petersburg a few years ago, but this show did not disappoint! On board ship ...