Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Update...Plus, Argentina

Update: If you go back to my posts about Brazil, I've added some pics. Check em out.

Argentina

We arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, late in the afternoon on Saturday. The biggest difference...the weather! It was hot and sunny in Rio, and chilly and overcast/rainy in Buenos. Pretty soon after we got in, we went straight for the grub. Argentina is known for their beef, so we wanted to get our fill. Grant read about this steakhouse in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, and thought it would be a good place to go. It was called Cabana Las Linas, and it was fabulous! I'm not a big red meat-eater, but the steak I got was easily the best I've ever had. Grant also ranked my steak as the best ever, and his came in a close second. We got homemade Dulce de Leche ice cream for dessert, which started my Dulce de Leche obsession while in Argentina. Apparently, it's very popular in South America, particuluarly in Argentina.



The next morning, we had a scheduled tour of the city. The tour itself wasn't that great, because the tour guide kept switching between Spanish and English, and with her thick accent, it was hard to tell when she was actually speaking English. However, the stops that we made on the tour made up for that. We went to this cathedral, which was just beautiful inside. The entire floor of the cathedral was made up of mosaic tile, with floral designs. Thinking about how much work that would have been blew my mind!




Then we went to the neighborhood of La Boca.



You'll have to go to the link that I provided to read about it (if you're interested, of course), but it was just a very cool neighborhood. While we were there, Grant got attacked by a couple of tango women, looking for money. They did this to a lot of men, but I think they particularly liked Grant. They kept pinching his cheeks, and saying "Precioso!" and kissing him. He didn't particularly care for this, but went along with it anyway. He said one of the funniest things ever in regards to the "ugly" one. He said, "Did you see where she made me put my hand? On her fat butt!!" My stomach so sore from me laughing so hard!




After the tour, we asked to be dropped off at the market at San Telmo. Grant found a cool old watch, and I found a cute little handmade dress for our little bambino ($7!). We also found a great French restaurant. I got another steak, and Grant got the rabbit. As you can see, the presentation was gorgeous!




We found our way back into that square where the cathedral was, and Grant decided he wanted to feed the birds. Even though, when he did that in Venice, Italy, he was so disgusted afterwards. I reminded him about that, but he still wanted to. Again, he was disgusted afterwards. So was I.



Later that evening, we went to a tango dinner show. It was so cool! Those tango dancers are incredible!




They also had a couple of other things along with the tango. This one guy....well, I'll let the video speak for itself. My jaw was open most of the time while watching his performance.



On Monday, we took a walk to the Teatro Colon, which we found out is closed for rennovations. Grant was a little sad. It's supposed to be really beautiful inside.



Then we made our way to the cemetery that Evita is buried in. The cemetery was pretty impressive. I've been to the one in New Orleans, which at first, I thought would be pretty similar. But this one was so much more intriguing, with all of the elaborate tombs.



We're back in lovely Dayton now, so I'm spending the day doing laundry, uploading pictures, and trying to get some rest before I go back to work tomorrow.

7 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:32 PM

    The pictures turned out great! Looks like you three had a blast! jfogle

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  2. Totally fabulous pictures! The food looks incredible--I know it sucks traveling far along, but you look amazing and the cankles will totally go away! The ocean views are stunning and I did not realize until I carefully read the post that that is actually yo--I mean Grant in those pictures. I'm glad you both were able to hang on to your wallets!

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  3. Anonymous6:31 PM

    Sounds like you had a great trip, although those "tango women" looked like they were a little too close for comfort...yikes?
    J.Spear

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  4. WOW!! i bet you guys are exhausted and not tooo particularly thrilled about resuming REAL life! I love the pictures and think they really add alot more interest for me!!;)

    So glad you guys got to go and i love how you guys love to travel! we still need to do some vacation together - we would have a BLAST!!!

    also glad you held onto your wallet and not so glad that grant held on to someone else's butt!

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  5. I have just loved reading your posts and viewing the pictures. I want to go! I'm so glad you guys seem to have had such a great time and that you're now back safely.

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  6. tinka wit' it8:28 AM

    wow, tango guy video was incredible. nice pics!

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  7. Awesome pics -- and did you know my little town here is in "1000 places to see before you die"? Yes, we apparently have an awesome antiques show! Haven't been yet, but if you want to come, I have a guest room! Cheers -- Mike

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