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Evita, Pickpockets and wonderful traffic suggestions....

30 °C

TO all following this blog.. if there are spelling errors I am blaming them on this crazy spanish keyboard... well that and the fact I cant find spellcheck, OMG what has the world come to.
So the question on your mind is why Evita? Well yesterday I realized in my photographic nirvana at the Recoleta Cemetary I did not see Evita´s grave. So today I went.. yup saw the grave. Here is a fact, she is not only buried in the Duarte family mausoleum but under 20 feet of concrete so no one can steal her body..
This photo shows her actual and current gravesite.
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This is a typical view of the recoleta cemetary... It´s HUGE

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So that is actualy my suegauy to the next part of my blog heading.. yes that is it Pickpockets... ok this is the second time in my life I have been pickpocketed.. the first was in Mexico and a camera was stolen.. well while writing my blog this morning a well heeled gent sat next to me in the internet cafe and after a while leant over and asked me to read some writing on a piece of paper he had. That was about 2 seconds... later when paying I found he had filched me of about $30.. expensive lesson to be careful.
But I do have say he was good.. very good.. well dressed well rehearsed.
Which then leads me to the next part of this blog title.. now that I have been here two days I am starting to get a feel for this city and it´s WILD. Dogs everywhere and of course people too. So one thing as a pedestrian one has to watch out for is not the dog poop, as it seems portenos clean up, but traffic. Yes the lights are merely a suggestion. If the pedestrian light changes for one to walk be warned these are merely suggestions to the taxi drivers that they might feel like stopping.... OR NOT. Same goes for pedestrians, with buses zooming by at breakneck speeds, and these buses are fast, well crossing against the lights for pedestrians seems the same, merely a good suggestion, either that or these are the biggest collection of excitement junkies I´ve met.
Well I have to find an internet cafe that will let me load up photos, then I can put some photos to this blog.
I will elaborate on my blog later tonight or tomorrow... had a great day today, walked my ass off.

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Paris this Ain´t....

really... but it´s great

20 °C

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 Comments (0)

Paris this Ain´t....

really... but it´s great

20 °C

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?
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.
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 Comments (0)

On your marks .... get set..... BLAM!!!!!

Rehearsed, searched, researched and now it's TIME TO GO....

Well the time has come.. the hiking equipment has been bought, together with a super zoom camera and a waterproof shockproof camera.
Not to forget of course the two years of continual attempts at Spanish. From college conversational lessons to Pimsleur and Rosetta Stone lessons. Now I can understand way more Spanish than I can speak. In fact when it comes to speaking my brain seems to take a hiatus, leaving my mouth stranded, silent while my frontal lobes search for a word any word as long as it is Spanish.... thankfully though the brain does it's own override, saving me the embarrassment of uttering some imaginably stupid and incoherent Spanish phrase.
Anyway I plan to have a fairly unplanned trip, that being said though because of the size of Argentina and because of all the places I want to go I do have to have some form of itinerary.
SO this is it. November 4 to 9th Buenos Aires. Then November 10th to 13th Iguazu Falls. I will travel there by bus.. one of the fancy buses they call Ejetivo. Anyway the bus has a steward and they serve hot meals.. and the seat reclines total flat... and it's cheap. On the 14th I will travel back to Buenos Aires (BA) for a few days then I fly to El Calafate in Patagonia and stay there for a day before traveling by bus to Torres del Paine in Chile, where I will go on a seven day hike. The hike will be sorta luxurious as each night I will be camping on the grounds of Refugios. These are lodges that offer hot showers and hot meals. However, before you call foul on the camping for a few nights I will be camping in the Patagonian wilderness.
After hiking and flying back to BA I will catch the bus to Mendoza and spend a week there.. renting a bike I will cycle to the vineyards.
I hope to experience the food and wine of Argentina. From my research I have found that Argentinians eat the most beef per capita in the world. I hope to enhance that particular statistic... not to mention the wine drinking.. although I think it's the French that own that particular statistic.
By way of this blog I hope to share my experiences with you all.
Hasta Luego
Terrence

Posted by Suraza 20:08 Archived in Argentina Comments (1)

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