Argentina!!! Tidbits from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and other places in South America

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    Mar 28, 2013 9:32 PM GMT
    UPDATE: 16Feb2014 In my last post in June 2013, I had just finished two trips (5 weeks total) to our the amazing city of Buenos Aires in Argentina. Well, when I departed, I promised myself and others that I would return. And, now I'm keeping that promise by returning 27Feb-10Apr of 2014. This time, I will be traveling outside of BA to El Califate to see the glaciers, to Bariloche, to Tigre, and for sure into Uruguay to visit Colonia Del Sacramento, Montevideo, and Punta Del Este.

    And, with the recent 17% devaluation of the Argentine Peso against the US$, the trip will be even more of a bargain than originally planned.

    Stay tuned to this thread for moar glimpses of the people, places, culture, and of course FOOD of our wonderful South American neighbors.

    From the original post...
    UPDATE: Well, since nobody has reached out to me, I'm making this thread a bit of a travel blog for what to see and know when coming to Buenos Aires.

    I'm here to quaff deeply of the history, culture and magic of the beautiful city of Buenos Aires between 20April-03May, AND, again between 19May-01Jun!

    I will document any great places and finds, as well as "lessons learned" for any other RJrs who may come to enjoy the Rioplatanse.

    Aloha and Be Well!
    Alan
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    Mar 28, 2013 10:24 PM GMT
    Are u making a pilgrimage there cuz the new pope is from there?

    I didn't realize u were a man of the cloth. icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 12, 2013 3:28 AM GMT
    Lightning strikes TWICE!

    Thank God I've been using Rosetta Stone.
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    Apr 12, 2013 3:39 AM GMT
    HAVE FUN!!!! Take lots of piccys!! EVEN THE NAUGHTY ONES!!! icon_twisted.gif
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    Apr 12, 2013 3:59 AM GMT
    Was just there last year. Spend as much time as possible! Have fun.
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    Apr 12, 2013 4:23 AM GMT
    stay off the internet (except to look for directions and place to go) and have fun icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 12, 2013 4:34 AM GMT
    You lucky guy. One of my all time favorite cities icon_exclaim.gif

    Their Spanish does take a bit of getting used to though as it has a very strong Italian influence icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 12, 2013 4:37 AM GMT
    psblond saidYou lucky guy. One of my all time favorite cities icon_exclaim.gif

    Their Spanish does take a bit of getting used to though as it has a very strong Italian influence icon_wink.gif


    I like a strong Italian influence. icon_twisted.gif
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    Apr 12, 2013 4:40 AM GMT
    Some incredibly handsome German, Italian, Spanish blend men too icon_exclaim.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 20, 2013 9:43 PM GMT
    Ok. So, I'm here. And, like psblond stated, the men are unbelievably handsome here. I'm also overwhelmed by just how bad my Spanish is.

    I got in around Noon and got the most amazing welcome from my host and her friends. A BBQ! Too bad we couldn't stay long enough for the gifts from the parilla.
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    I then hit the calle and went on a bit of a walkabout. They sure do love the Pope down here.
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    On the way back to the apartamento, I stooped at CarreFour and picked up groceries.
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    I'm eating one of those steaks now. And, what I thought was "1/2 and 1/2" ended up being cream. Real cream! It tastes like butter!
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    Apr 21, 2013 10:06 PM GMT
    Who would think Dengue Fever in a major world capital?

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    Apr 21, 2013 10:11 PM GMT
    Have a fun time! One of my dearest friends lives in BA. It's on my bucket list to visit him one of these days.
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    Apr 22, 2013 2:54 AM GMT
    Damn, the point of this thread is to post pics of hot dudes from Buenos Aires, so lets goooooooo!!!! All you guys that can of course
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    Apr 23, 2013 12:58 AM GMT
    jo2hotbod saidDamn, the point of this thread is to post pics of hot dudes from Buenos Aires, so lets goooooooo!!!! All you guys that can of course


    I'm hesitant to take pics of guys without their permission. icon_cry.gif

    The men here are amazingly beautiful. I sat and enjoyed cortado y lunamedia (yes, a "wheat cheat") at Cafe Los Galgos on the corner of Lavalle and Callao and watched the parade go by. Incredible!

    I also found gimnasio Megatlon in Barrio Norte. Walking distance from my apartamento and my client.

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    I also took my first Subte ride today. Sardines have more room than people on the Subte. There was no personal "bubble" of space of any kind. I was dressed in my normal gym togs.

    A BsAs "lesson learned" is to bring your own day pack with you. My usual day pack, the Chrome Pawn roll top is way too big (and way too fancy which might attract ladrones) for my needs here. A simple day pack cost me US$50.

    Not my picture, but the platform was like this...
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    Tomorrow, the autobus!

    Again not my picture, but this is kind of what a lot of the guys here look like...
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    Longer hair, disheveled, is commonplace. Suits, dark to black are de moda.

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    Dark hair and light eyes are also stammeringly abundant. Really fucking beautiful.

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    Facial hair is also commonplace. Guys wear a lot of fragrance here as well...even in the gimnasio.

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    Addidas is very popular hear as well. I will bring more ropa de deporte on my second trip.

    Even the hookers here are good looking.
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    Apr 23, 2013 1:14 AM GMT
    I am sooooo jealous. The parade at Lavalle and Callao is really handsome at all hours too! Need pics for those of us living vicariously icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 23, 2013 1:36 AM GMT
    And, don't fuck around with the electricity here...it's 220v!

    All you will hear is a "POP" and it's over.

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    By the way, plug in your CONVERTER FIRST. Then, plug in your adapter. Then, plug in the cord to your foreign electrical item. And, for computers, then plug the power cord to the computer last.
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    Apr 24, 2013 1:12 AM GMT
    Sigh. I had to work today for 3 hours. After that it was time to hit gimnasio Megatlon in Barrio Norte. If only it wasn't creepy to take pics of guys at the gym.

    Anyhoo, walked past the Palazzio Pizzumo on the way to workout.
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    Afterwards, the hunger for protein kicked in. Time for "El Olmo" (corner of Pueyrredon and Av. Santa Fe) and post-gym Milanese with papas fritas and a 1lt bottle of Quilmes 1890. I couldn't finish it all.
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    Sorry the pics are blurry. The cerveza was kicking in.

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    Apr 25, 2013 7:24 PM GMT
    OMGosh! I was walking up Uruguay, and between Lavalle and Avenida Cordoba, there was this little hole in the wall "Parrilla Al Carbon".

    A medium-rare rib eye steak (couple of bites already missing)...
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    ...a 375ml bottle of this rocking Alma Mora Cabernet Sauvignon, San Juan region of AR...
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    ...was all US$12. I also got a spinach and onion fritter appetizer with a free sausage link. Yum!

    Afterwards, I was walking back to my apartamento and I happened by "La Americana" panaderia and got tempted into a piece of this deceptively light (but probably 10,000 calories per fork full) "Tico Balcarce" with a double espresso. The total was US$3.00.

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    Apr 26, 2013 4:12 AM GMT
    Dang. Now I want to go visit Buenos Aires -- even if they speak a funny form of Spanish there. Lima just does not compare, in terms of scenery. That desert looks familiar -- I'm sure the Peruvians have something much like it -- they sure do like their sweets here.
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    Apr 26, 2013 9:43 PM GMT
    QuietHarper saidDang. Now I want to go visit Buenos Aires -- even if they speak a funny form of Spanish there. Lima just does not compare, in terms of scenery. That desert looks familiar -- I'm sure the Peruvians have something much like it -- they sure do like their sweets here.


    Most of the filling is this pure yumminess that doesn't know if it wants to be cream, butter, or cheese...so it has decided to be all three simultaneously. Merengue is the crust and the topping to this postres mas fina!

    Venga! Ahora los precios son muy barato. "Dolar blue" cambia a la tasa ARS$8.19/US$, cual es mucho mas mejor la tasa "official" de $5.13. Los Aregento son mas amable tambien.
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    May 01, 2013 11:29 PM GMT
    Los Porteños party hard!

    Yesterday was my birthday and it timed perfectly with Argentina's Primero de Mayo national holiday. My gimnasio here, Megatlon, had their annual party plannned at this place called "Brook Palermo" in Palermo. I figured it was going to be a nice, evening of conversation drinks and some easy dancing.

    Reality check.

    Los Porteños don't even think about dinner until about 10pm. I was ready for the cocktails and dancing, but NOOOOOOOO. We had to do dinner first. Abra Parrilla in Palermo was the first stop with Cuervo Margaritas which had to be kept away from open flames.

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    Then, there was the asada...
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    ...it was enough for two. But, I ate it all.

    And finally, dancing the calories away until 0530hrs in la manana, and left while the party was still in full force.
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    Needless to say, I slept all day. This old geezer of 48 hanged pretty tough with the kids overall.

    BTW, the entire evening cost me less than US$50.
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    May 12, 2013 2:51 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidLos Porteños party hard!


    As do the Limeños... just recovering from a much more laid-back, but eerily similar experience that involved a barbecue and poker. Here, the idea was, hey, let's have a nice little BBQ with poker to follow (nothing serious, because I seriously suck at poker) at the apartment of a friend.

    GAMRican saidLos Porteños don't even think about dinner until about 10p


    Peruvians generally eat a *little* earlier during the week, but apparently slip into a later pattern for the weekends. Me, being a silly American, have this strange idea that a get-together that starts at 8 means that we'll be eating somewhere around 8:45-9:00 pm. LOL. 10:30. After drinking I don't know how many glasses of a very nice Argentinian Red Wine.

    So, we finish eating around 11:30 - midnight -- and THEN the poker starts. With more wine. And more munchies... I *think* we finished around 3:30 am.

    GAMRicanNeedless to say, I slept all day. This old geezer of 48 hanged pretty tough with the kids overall.

    I SO know this feeling. This crew was early 30s and below. I think they headed out somewhere else to party afterwards. I, who had arisen at 7:30 in the morning to head to the gym, was pretty proud that I was still vertical and coherent at that point.

    It sounds like you are having a blast. I'm going to see if I can find a three day weekend sometime this winter to make it down there. I really appreciate your postings on this.
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    May 13, 2013 12:19 AM GMT
    More to come. I returned on 05May, then swooped out to Denver for a week. Now, I'm in Boston and on Friday morning I return to Buenos Aires...again. This time, a friend from Honolulu is joining me.
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    May 13, 2013 12:51 AM GMT
    That sounds like an amazing trip. Keep up the travel blog, and post more pictures of ALL the great sights icon_wink.gif .
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    May 26, 2013 6:00 PM GMT
    Ok. I've been a way from RJ for a couple of weeks due to work, more work, and travelling to/from/to/from work. Since 12May, I taught that week in Boston and flew back to San Francisco Thursday night May 16. I arrived 0100 on Friday May 18th just enough time to head home and head back to SFO for my trip to EZE via EWR.

    Well, the flight to EZE from EWR was cancelled due to mechanical problems with the landing gear. Good call, United! I got a night's lodging and dining in beautiful Newark, NJ at the Wyndham Gardan Hotel (where the guys on the evening shift were HOT Jersey Boys!)

    Next day, made it to EZE and got my self settled in. Monday morning was all about work, and doing business outside of the United States can be challenging. Day 1 went well...until the water went out in the building. We took about an hour of time to determine our "Strategies for Negative Risks or Threats" and our "Contingent Response Strategies". Unfortunately, even though those topics are part of the class, having to institute a real life iteration was not.

    In any case, the whole class went well, but I dropped off the map of the RJ world for a while I was totally immersed in the world of Buenos Aires, one of the worlds greatest cities.

    More pics and vids to come which capture mostly food, but other aspects of Argentine culture are here as "placeholders" until I have time to tell you more about this amazing place with amazing people, culture, history, land, food, wine, and of course politics.

    Street meat at the 25 de Mayo culmination of the Semana De Mayo Argentine Independence recognition.
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    Postres, postres everywhere...
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    This was something "light" for dessert.
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    A quick, hand made from scratch Invierno Vegetarian Lasagna for lunch this week...
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    And, my first "mate". Not very graceful, but successful none the less.


    I'm here for two more weeks. I have a guest from Honolulu with me this week. I'll post more when I'm able.

    Hasta luego, y ciao, y Aloha and Be Well!

    Alan