Day 1 Buenos Aires

Trip Start Apr 06, 2007
Trip End Jul 23, 2007

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Saturday, April 7, 2007

Day 1   -  Buenos Aires

The flight came and went pretty quickly, we were so exhausted we slept through most of it. In true Jose fashion, I spilled a Super-Sized Coke all over myself and the floor beneath me, the woman in front of me was very argentinian and was not amused. Once we landed, we were greeted by a very friendly customs agent (friendly considering it was 5am) who actually let us in the country! Once past customs, we thought we were in the clear but of course not, that would just be too simple. We needed to pass our bags through security once more to enter argentina (keep in mind these backpacks are HUGE). Imagine if they apply this in the US!!! After arriving at the bus stop (our attempt to save some $, only $1.35ARG which is about $0.45) and being told that ALL buses numbered 86 went to the city center, we were turned down three times by bus 86 drivers. After about a half hour of this, Andrea was ready to pay the $50 for the shuttle....but at last, someone finally let us on! For about 2 hours, we road through some of the pretty and not so pretty areas of Buenos Aires before finally convincing the driver to let us know where our stop was. Trash pick up is definitely an optional service around here...

Upon arriving at the hostel, (more like a 3-4 star hotel), we realized we couldn´t check in until 2 hours later...So we dragged our dirty, tired bodies around the City on a whirlwind Buenos Aires highlight tour (by foot). The Casa Rosada and Government buildings are beautiful, but all a little in need of repair. We stopped in several Cathedrals, and saw the changing of the guard at the Catedral de Buenos Aires (guarding the body of the guerrero Jose Martin). 

After wandering aimlessly for a while, Jose made friends with a nice, old Argentinian lady who loved Cubans, who directed us to a good Parilla restaurant. A bottle of wine for $7USD - which was expensive compared to the $1USD bottle we are currently drinking as we write this. We had a random dessert that tasted like scrambled eggs with rum, called soveygan (sp?), and then made our way to a street fair in La Recoleta. ´Next to the fair we discovered the Buenos Aires Design Center - all the best interior design and furniture in the city! Andrea was in heaven! EXHAUSTED, we took a break and napped in the park. We decided to take a taxi back to the hostel - which proved just how safe Miami drivers really are....

Finally, we got a shower! with HOT water! Rested, we are determined to have some fun tonight! More tomorrow as we find a place to celebrate Easter with the Argentinians!       
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I'm hooked already!
I already love this site, and feel like I'll be traveling with you (I know, just what you want, your mother-in-law!!) Is there any way of posting captions with your photos? I did recognize the Casa Rosada, and I'll look forward eagerly to your next entry. Love to you both, mom

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