In the streets of Buenos Aires

Trip Start Jul 01, 2011
Trip End Jul 21, 2012

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

It's been 2 weeks since we arrived in Buenos Aires and we have not explored much so far: although we are in the center of town (Palermo SoHo) it still takes 30 minutes to 1 hour to get to the other interesting neighborhoods. But today is Sunday and we decided to take advantage of the empty streets to take ourselves -- and our dogs -- for an afternoon in town. 

We cross Recoleta and get a glimpse of the big square with the obelisk: there is an event there with wrestlers on stage and the area is blocked for traffic. We drive around and finally make our way to our destination: Puerto Madero, the perfect place for water and greenery-deprived people (and doggies) like us.
While the pooches enjoy rolling in the grass we humans take some deep breaths and appreciate the openness and cleanliness of Puerto Madero. I get a phone call from a man named Daniel who saw our car for sale on Mercadolibre and says he has a legal way to make the transaction. This is the best news I've received for a while: at this point none of the car shipping firms can give me a date when a boat will be available to transport our car back to the US. 

After letting them run and bask in the sun to their heart's content, we put the 4-legged ones in the back of the car and head out for a traditional Argentine Sunday lunch. It starts around 3pm and it can last a LONG time. Young and old, families and groups of friends: it seems everyone is around the lunch table. Food is unremarkable at the restaurant we picked but it doesn't matter: we're just glad to be here in Puerto Madero, surrounded by water and greenery and enjoying a lunch surrounded by countless local families. This is Argentina.
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