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Paris this Ain´t....

really... but it´s great

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Well before you chew my ass off for the heading of this blog, let me explain, and before I tell you why I should say I did have quite the walk aroudn Recoleta yesterday, which is one of the ritziest areas of th is city. So why did I title this blog?
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Well the residents of this city are called Porteños and besides many things like food and wine they love their dogs. Yes, yesterday I saw everything from Apso Lapsos ( do I have that right?) to Wiemereimers and Whippets and everything between all sizes. Now what I didn´t see was.... yes you got it POOP... no evidence of dog poop. NOW that is what makes it not Paris. Although I haven´t been I have been to the "other" Paris impersonator, that being Prague and when I was there it was dog poop dodgem time, where like here those residents love their dogs, but not enough to clean up after them.
Well so far I have only seen one small part of the city and it is clean and vibrant.
So yesterday I decided to carry on like a normal day, even though I had almost no sleep in 24 hours and added to that a small 4 hour jet lag. Had a small siesta in my room and wondered around.
At first when I thought I would take nothing and look like a porteño. After seeing the sights I had to go back to the hotel room and get my camera... it was a great day.
So what did I see.. well I saw life for the locals. In fact I acted like one and sat in one of their outdoor cafes and had a beer in a microbrewery. I had an india pale ale in fact. As I was sitting in the bright sun of a beautiful day I did have a chuckle though, thinking that the spanish perfected fortifying wine as a means of transporting their tipple around the world and the brits, hell they just added more hops to their beer to send it to India, called it IPA and here I was sipping it.
Anyway the outdoor cafe was just outside of the Recoleta Cemetary. If one can call it a cemertary. OK this is not supposed to be rude or offensive, but man those Catholics are crazy. Row or should I say street upot street of mausoleums. All with the most ornate marble carvings.. crazy. But is was such a great way to get into the feel of the city. It´s history and culture. It´s reverence for religion, pomp and ceremony. While I was there some late porteño was just being buried and there are hoards of tourists pouring into the cemetary, dressed like tourists cameras in hand surrounding a hoard of well heeled and well dressed citizens burying one of their own, quite the spectacle really.
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The rest of the afternoon was whiled away by strolling the streets and getting a feel for this part of the city.
The evenings highlight was a small nap before supper which was at a parilla (pronounced paree sha ) which is the Argentinian basic grill. THe food was good I had rib steaks, which seemed very similar to the Korean rib steaks sold in Superstore back home. The highlight really was that , well guess there were two. One is that if you order steak you get steak. Nothing ELSE... so luckily I ordered mixed salad and fries. But the real taste highlight was the argentinian grappa I ordered with my espresso coffee.. it was soooo yummy will make a note to bring some home.
Well today will see me visit the touristy part of town, I may find the bike rental place and go on a tour.
More later
hasta luego

Posted by Suraza 10:03

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