¿A que hora es la gran fiesta?
Trip Start Sep 22, 2010
9Trip End Oct 06, 2010
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All of today was spent preparing for the birthday party. We started by picking up the meat. You simply cannot have a party in Argentina without an ásado´(BBQ). In fact, the rooms that you rent here for parties come with a massive cucina (indoor BBQ) since they know you are there to cook massive amounts of meat.
The meat here is bought in ´pieces of cow´, not indivudal cuts.
We then started making decorations, preparing salad, buying bread, etc for the estimated 40 people.
We worked ourselves into a hunger so it was time for lunch around 2pm. What kind of lunch do you have in Argentina? Well, empanadas of course! These things are amazing so we always look forward to them. You can have them baked or fried and you can guess which kind we had. There are many different fillings but we went with only two. One was carne (beef, onions, herbs, egg, etc) and ham and cheese. They were great!
Soon after it was time for a nap. Those who know Mike know that he doesn´t do naps. Well, I forced myself to this time. Why you ask? Well, because I needed to be sure I would stay awake during the party. Strange comment right? What time does the party start? 10PM!!!!! Yes, you read that right. A freaking 60th birthday party for 40 people STARTS at 10pm. Dios mio. We are only 1 hour ahead of East Coast time but we might as well be on a different planet down here. Mike and Harm are used to going to bed at 10pm and waking up around 5am. Coincidentally, that turned out to be the exact start and stop time of the party!!
Enough of that, here is the reason to attend an amazing parties like this......meat:
We had beef ribs, flank steak, chorizo sausage, blood sausage, chimichurri chicken, etc. Amazing!
The party was so much fun. Mario had a great time. Lots of music, friends, family, etc.
It was nice to see all of his friends and family again. Here is Mario´s brother Caesar´s beautiful family:
Once again, the people down here are so warm and inviting. It is so easy to feel comfortable around them as soon as you meet them. Others, you´ve met once two years ago and it is like they are old friends. Everything moves at a different pace around here but it is for an obvious reason. The time spent with family and friends is more important than any job, activity, etc.
The days are blending now but bed time for this ¨day¨was 5:30am. Ouch, I think we will regret going back to work the morning after we land at JFK.