Some Crappy Weather to Start off Our Trip
Trip Start Jul 07, 2011
187Trip End Jul 31, 2012
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We left from Toronto yesterday afternoon and didn't have any problems with flights or anything. We left the airport on time and made it in to Atlanta around 6pm. We had a 3 hour stopover so there was enough time to get a snack and sit around for a bit. We boarded again just after 8pm and took off right at 9pm. We were flying Delta and have had a good experience with them before (particularly their on-board entertainment system) and were expecting the same system since we were flying internationally on a 10 hour flight. Unfortunately, we were stuck on an old plane and they didn’t have the individual screens, but rather a few hanging from the ceiling. Soo ridiculous!! We were not impressed, we tried to make light of the situation since it was an overnight flight and both of us were looking forward to sleeping for most of the flight anyway
After dealing with major traffic into the city (I slept most of the ride in) we arrived at our hotel. Since we were super early we had to wait a bit before we could check in. We had time for a quick nap before heading out for the day. We had booked ourselves on a tour with Biking Buenos Aires to see some of the city. The area we are staying in, Palmero, is really nice and filled with parks and avenues lined with trees. The weather didn’t fully cooperate with us today and it was pretty cold and sometimes rainy. Hopefully the weather tomorrow is better because we might have to buy some sweaters otherwise. Anyway, we had the chance to ride around and see some important parts of the city. One of the places we went to was the Recoleta Cemetery. This place is like a city of its own. The rich and famous of Buenos Aires have been buried here for years, including all the former presidents. We were also able to see the tomb of Eva Peron, of Evita fame! Our guide told us today that it costs families $1.6 million just to purchase a plot of land within Recoleta. That doesn’t even include the cost of actually building each individual marble monstrosity and then the upkeep costs. You would think people would want to spend their money on living instead what their coffin was going to be in. Oh well! I guess I don’t have the millions to spend that way anyway! The tour was about 3-4 hours and was a really great way to see parts of the city. We have another one planned for tomorrow as well. We are definitely enjoying things here so far…except for how incredibly expensive everything is! Guess we’ll have to deal with it if we do everything we want.