Cementerio de la Recoleta

Trip Start Jan 09, 2007
Trip End Feb 01, 2007

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Today started off slowly.  I slept in and had a late breakfast.  Then I was off to do laundry.  It was rather expensive. I spent $6 for two loads.  I guess I will have to start turning my underwear inside out and using them for two days!

I went to the Cementerio de la Recoleta which is  a European style cemetery.  To me it seemed like a small city of tombs.   This particular cemetery is the most famous in Argentina, housing its dead war heroes, wealthy elite and politicians.

Each family has its own tomb which is like a small house,  where the coffins of the dead are placed.  If you look through the window of the tomb you can see the coffins sitting on inside.

The most famous "resident" of this cemetery is Eva Peron, also known as Evita.   While here family's tomb is modest at best, it is covered in flowers and cards from well wishers.  I found it interesting that she is resting in her family's tomb, not her husband's tomb.  

The cemetery itself is very clean and well kept.  There are street signs, benches to rest on and shade trees.  And also, the place seems to be overrun with stray cats.

After the cemetery I was tired so I laid down under a tree and took a nap.   It is lovely being on vacation!

For dinner tonight I headed back to San Telmo. I really like the laid back feel of this neighborhood. My digestive system has come to a grinding halt with all of the beef that I have been consuming lately, so I decided that tonight I need to have some salad.  So, I ordered a green salad and a nice Malbec wine.  

As far a safety issues in the Buenos Aries, I haven't really run across anything to speak of.  However, there are groups of roving kids who will pick food off of your table when eating outside.  This happened to me tonight.  A group of kids went by and before I knew it, my basket of bread was gone (including the basket!) I wasn't too concerned as I did really want bread anyway, but as soon as the waiter saw this, he apologized profusely and sent over a new basket of bread.  So in the end, I guess everyone was happy?  

During dinner I met Natalie from Switzerland.  She is an investment banker who quit her job 6 months ago and moved to Buenos Aries to "get away".  It seem there are a lot of foreigners here who are trying to get away.   Guess it is as far away from home that you can get and still be civilized?  Anyway, our conversation was very nice and she shared with me her views on America and its politics.  I didn't learn very much about Switzerland, but lots about American politics.

After dinner I headed back to the centre of the city where my hotel is and stopped to have a drink before retiring for the night.  I have to say... food and beverage can sometimes be complicated here.  So I order a beer.   Simple enough?  Well, I got a beer, peanuts, olives, chips, a square and some other snack thing.   I have noticed this a lot... I order coffee, and I get a coffee, water, orange juice and a cookie.   What's with the side dishes in this country???  Simplicity can be a good things sometimes.

Whilst having my beer there were two older (probably 40's) gentleman sitting at the next table.   One of the guys asked me where I was from and then he pointed out the rather large Canadian flag on the building across the street.  I guess it was the embassy?  Well anyway, we kept chatting and it turns out this guy is the lead football coach for the Bangladesh national team and his friend is a FIFA scout.  How exciting is that?   He was telling me all about their team and how they have improved over the last couple of years while he has coached them (go figure?)   They are in town trying to find Argentinean players fot the Bangladesh  team.  They must be looking for the guys who didn't make the cut for Boca Juniors?

Anyway, its 2 am.. gotta sleep now.

Buenos Noches.
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