Chinese food on Christmas day!

Trip Start Dec 05, 2010
Trip End Jan 03, 2011

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Flag of Argentina  , Mendoza,
Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Eve turned out to be a very late night. We finally got my parents into a cab around 2:45 a.m. so we met up around lunch time on Christmas Day. Apparently Argentines go out after they finish the family gatherings on Christmas Eve and then spend the 25th at home, sleeping and recovering. Everything touristy was closed so we decided to follow the example of our American Jewish friends and head to Chinatown. 

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. No chopsticks to be seen though!

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.   
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