Day 2: San TelmoWe met with Amanda's family friend, Marcus, a German transplant in Buenos Aires for 3 years for a few local tips. Then, we strolled from our apartment to San Telmo, a part of town that has older colonial architecture and tons of antique shops. On Sunday, they have a street fair which attracts a diverse crowd.
|San Telmo Street Market|
|Experienced tango dancers at the San Telmo Market. That lady had sass!|
Mustard trap! On our walk back, Amanda and I got green mustard goo squirted on us! Classic tourist trap. Apprentice from above squirts goo, then partner magically appears alongside with napkins to help tourist "clean up" while he cleans up all valuables from tourist. Fortunately, we left the scene quickly with all valuables accounted for + unfortunate mustard/vinegar smelling green goo. That's a first, and right out of the book! Gross.
Eat, drink and be Argentine!
In Argentina, Malbec wines are cheap, delicious and plentiful.
|Amanda breaking open our first bottle of Malbec in our apartment|
|Meat and me.|
One of the best things about this leg of the trip is that we had a fantastic studio apartment right in the city center with a kitchen (Thanks to Amanda's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, who graciously let us use their time share!) We had lazy late mornings with breakfast of coffee/tea, cereal and yogurt in a bag. Then we had nice early evening siestas with wine and cheese waiting for dinnertime at 9:30 (yes 9:30) pm. We even had quite a few "ghetto" dinners in consisting of left-overs, lettuce and treats from the local bakery.
Day 3: Recoleta and Congreso
Having NYC in our blood, we basically walked everywhere.
|Submarino: It's the experience!|
|Warming up at a cafe waiting for our tour of Congress.|
Day 4: Colonia de Sacramento, UruguayWe took the BUQUEBUS over to Uruguay to a colonial town for a day. It was a one hour ferry ride. The town itself was very peaceful and almost deserted since it was the middle of winter. It was reminded me of other colonial towns I've been too. Is it bad that they all start to look a bit the same after awhile?
|The cobblestone streets of Colonial de Sacramento|
|Sunset from Uruguay looking out at Argentina|
|Chocolate covered churro dipped in dulce de leche = decadence + vacation!|
Day 5: Rain and MuseumsWe planned to walk around the city more since everyday had predicted showers and we had yet to see a drop of rain. However, on day 5, it all poured down. So, we hit up the indoor museums. We were pleased to discover that we both go through museums pretty swiftly.
|Bench overtaking MALBA (Museum of Latin America of Buenos Aires)|
MALBA had some more modern art and was a great space.
|Inside Teatro Colon|
|Obelisk and Eva Peron in the middle of 9 de Julio street, the widest street (18 lanes!)|
Day 6: TigreWe ventured one hour out on the local train to the delta suburb of Tigre.
|One of the many canals in Tigre|
The town mascot appeared everywhere and never failed to amuse us. He looks a bit mischievous!
Day 7: Zoologica and Palermo
|Amanda versus wild rodent-rabbit-like creature?|
Palermo SoHo: I had been waiting to shop in this area modeled after NYC's SoHo. It was supposed to be trendy yet super affordable. Unforunately between the lowered exchange rate and the crazy inflation (all prices have doubled since 2010), the clothes were NYC prices, so no purchases were made. A bit disappointing.
Day 8: It's a wrap.We had half a day to do a few last minute things near our apartment in Microcentro.
Museo Bicentenario is a fantastic little hidden museum right behind Casa Rosa that Marcus said was not to be missed. The space was amazing as it was below ground with some of the original brick walls and letting lots of natural light flood in with a glimpse of Casa Rosa above (see pic below). It documents the history of the city. And, it was free! We definitely recommend it.
|The end of Buenos Aires for us partners in crime!|
Thanks so much Amanda for being an awesome chill travel buddy and adventurer in the southern hemisphere! And thanks again to Mr. and Mrs. Johnson for their generosity in letting us use their time-share!