Arrival in Buenos Aires
Trip Start Feb 17, 2010
56Trip End Apr 15, 2010
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us to get to BA, aka Buenos Aires, we saw landscape similar to the Brazilian side: large cattle ranches
- or at least the large fields and occasional long dirt driveway but there seemed to be less agribusiness and more small farms. We also passed a boggy, swampy area with lots of pampas grass, grazing cows and horses and even a man on a horse waiting to cross the highway. We hadn't seen many people in the huge fields in Brazil. Another big
change was the presence of a wine section in the supermercados (supermarkets). Some people
experiencing malbec wine for the first time were raving about them. The supermarkets that we shopped in for food for the cook groups were pretty much the same as the ones at home. Sometimes they were combined with others things, like a Wal-Mart with a supermarket
We arrived in B.A., as our tour leaders refer to it, early in the
afternoon. The Hotel Reina messed up on our reservations so some of us were across the street in the Hotel Madrid. The hotels wee pretty similar with old elevators and fancy metalwork.
By 4:30 pm I managed to get checked into a room
-although we were told that we might have to switch the next day-; get some money from an ATM but not as
much as I wanted so I tried again for a lesser amount and got that; take my
clothes to the laundry and do some hand washing; sort of find out where the
street of bookshops was (Avenida Florida I think); have lunch of jamon crudo and queso sandwich with cafe con leche; and go to the internet
Deb from our tour lent me her notebook to use but it took a half hour and
I still hadnīt accessed my email account from Roadrunner. So many people have
notebooks and the free hotel internet is so slow to begin with that it is pretty
useless. Somehow a lot of this trip seems to be consumed with traveling
logistics, eating, transportation from one place to another...hmm, i guess that
is a big part of traveling, isnīt it?
The meeting for our next leg was held at 6 pm. Our trip leader Mick - Anki and Mick switched roles - gave us a briefing about the 2nd leg of the trip.
It will be cold and he advised getting thermal underwear, thermal liners for our
sleeping mats and other things that I already have
of multiple people trying to find a camping goods store and wasting a lot of
time but finally got the stuff I needed the morning of the last day here in Buenos Aires..
In the evening we went to a monday night Afrolunes Parties music concert: La Bomba de Tiempo . I got to try some empanadas from a street vendor while we were waiting in line to get into the concert and they were very tasty. Tomorrow we are
supposed to take in a tango show.