the Good Life in Buenos Aires
Sun Aug 11, 2002 3:53 pm
We have been in
Buenos Aires about a week maybe... can't really keep track of time anymore.
It is full of suits and trendy people in black half-running all over,
not unlike New York. Because of the excellent exchange rate, we decided
to upgrade from a hostel to a fabulous two star hotel with our very own
bathroom, shower, and a maid that even brings us shampoo everyday (I have
been squirreling it away for future use).
We have seen ALL the city sites- San Telmo and a street tango, La Boca
(sucked and too far), La Casa Rosada, Congress building (which is modelled
after our very own and I'm sure is very lovely if you can actually glimpse
it through the cloud of nasty pigeons), Teatro Colon, Obelisk thingy,
the Plaza de Mayo, Recoleta to see the cemetary, the Fine Art Museum blah
blah. We also spent a day in Tigre and the river delta, where we walked
a bit and saw all the little houses along the banks. We have even seen
a street demonstration with thousands of out of work piqueteros who yelled
and played drums and spent the night a few blocks from us in the Plaza
We have encountered many interesting characters in our stay here. A crazy
guy in the Quicksilver store insisted on telling all his co- workers that
we were American, and then just HAD to kiss us before we left. We spent
most of our day in Tigre listening to a diatribe from a restaurant owner.
We learned: he has black friends in the States (lots of people have talked
to us about black people for some unknown reason), Argentina has a terrible
government and the past president is not a gentleman, his meat prices
have gone up from $3pesos to $5pesos in one week, and lots of other great
things. Lots of people have commented we are pigs because we eat big dinners,
while the people here prefer a large lunch. We are just doing both, I
think. The taxi drivers have also been full of interesting info- one showed
us counterfeit money, another told us where to hear good tango music.
Twice now we have almost started fights amoung them, however, because
we apparently do not know the protocol on how to choose them.
Besides that, I have made bad food decisions, and ended up once with tripe,
which looks so incredibly disgusting, but tasted ok after I finally tried
it. I also got some weird jello chick stuff. Also not too bad if you ignore
Tomorrow we are off to La Plata, highly recommended by our taxi driver
today and the crazy Quicksilver employee, then to Uruguay, where we can
hopefully still get money from the banks and all that jazz. We'll keep
you all posted.
PATTY and ALISON