Chinese food on Christmas day!
Trip Start Dec 05, 2010
29Trip End Jan 03, 2011
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In Buenos Aires, el Barrio Chino is only about three blocks and is not limited to just Chinese. There are also Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese restaurants and I found one article online that called the neighborhood el Barrio Oriental because that was "more inclusive."
We struggled a bit more with ordering t.our lunch because the bilingual menu was in Chinese and Spanish, so lots of translating later, we ended up with some noodles, cashew chicken and our favorite, the mu shu pork
We headed out to the airport. (Buenos Aires has two: Ezeiza for international flights and about 45 minutes away from town, and Aeroparque Jorge Newberry for domestic flights and is about 10 minutes from our apartment in Recoleta.) We got checked in quickly at the kiosk and marveled at the crazy long lines for the LAN counter. Not only do the Argentines check all their bags vs. carry on like us Yanquis but they prefer the face to face interaction with the ticket agent to DIY at the computer.
Dad kept asking how much time we would need to leave for security. He started to open up his bag, take out his computer, kick off his shoes and then we saw the process: drop your bags on the belt, shoes on, walk through the metal detector. That's it! No liquid restrictions. In fact, don't even worry about taking off your watch or belt.
With a short delay, we had a fairly easy flight to Mendoza, about 1:30 minutes and were greeted by Juan Pablo, a Rotary Exchange student who lived with our family for 4 months in 2003. He brought us to our hotel and helped us with our dinner reservations that night.
Another great reunion for us in Mendoza: my college classmate and roommate Kimberlyn who now lives 200 miles away in Chile (our other travel blog details our trip down to attend her wedding last year) and her parents who are much closer to us in TN.