Buenos Aires...Muy Bueno!!!

Trip Start Jun 25, 2006
Trip End Aug 01, 2007

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

He Said:
From Montevideo we headed back to Colonia then caught a ferry to our last stop in South America, Buenos Aires. I love Buenos Aires! This city offers the best of so many things. Stunning classic architecture, gracious people, delightful food, unique local traditions, sophisticated culture, shopping in abundance, and a number of distinctive neighborhoods make it a destination anyone would adore. Although we were hampered a bit by rain and cold weather, we were still able to link up with friends who live here and take in much of what the city has to offer.
One of the "must sees" when visiting Buenos Aires is the Recoleta Cemetery. The elaborate crypts are built to accommodate generations of families and quite a few were comparable in size to our apartment back home! Statues, lavish carvings, memorial altars, and distinctive architecture make it a cemetery like no other. We also hit a number of the trendier neighborhoods in the Palermo section of town. Hip boutiques, stylish cafes, and chic nightclubs lined the streets interspersed with car repair shops, local delis and the occasional tenement. Actually it reminded me of a lot of up-and-coming neighborhoods in New York. Buenos Aires also has a recently revitalized port area flanked with renovated warehouses that now house a huge number of restaurants (including Hooters and TGI Fridays!) Unfortunately we missed out on the tango dancing that takes place in the San Telmo neighborhood on weekends, but hey, there is always next time!
Of course one the highlights of our stay here was meeting up with my friend Olga and her husband Javier for an afternoon on the town and smorgasbord of delectable Argentine cuisine. Even though we live over 7000 miles from them, in most of our conversation we seemed to have the same concerns.  It seems that being thirtysomething in Argentina isn't too much different than in New Jersey.
So tonight we are back on a plane again for a long ride back to the USA (Argentina is further from the US than Japan!) for family wedding festivities for a few weeks before wrapping up our trip in Central America.
She Said:
Buenos Aires is an amazing city that has a lot to offer visitors.  There are museums galore, several colorful neighborhoods to walk around, historic buildings (some with French architecture which could make you think you are in Paris), a nice waterfront, lots of parks, and of course plenty of grilled meat.  Honestly, it is so comfortable here that it really doesn't feel like we are traveling anymore.  Besides walking our feet off all over the city, we really enjoyed spending an afternoon with one of Todd's friends and her husband, Olga and Javier.  They graciously picked us up one afternoon and drove us all around the outer parts of the city to see places we never could have seen on our own.  And we had a great meat meal at a real local place, which in addition to the standard steaks and pork, also served tripe, udder, and other internal organs (which Todd LOVES).  It was really nice to have some locals show us around and teach us a few Spanish swear words!  I won't share any of them with you here, but I am anxious to try them out... I just need the right moment.  The vocab would have come in handy during the stolen bag fiasco.  Other than that, it is pretty cold here, so much of the normal "street life" (tango on the corner) wasn't happening.  I feel like I really need to come back during warmer weather to have a more full Argentine experience.
Anyway, we are heading back to the USA tonight for two weeks for my sister-in-law's wedding and to visit family.  Our return is bittersweet, as we are certainly excited to get back into the swing of things, but will really miss spending so much time together and all the constant excitement of new places.  We still have a three-week jaunt through Central America in July to cap off our travels.
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