Hola – day 3 from Argentina.
On the way over I thought about all the TV shows (on commercial stations so you KNOW this is Gordon writing and not Sonia who only does ABCand SBS) and I feel we have now become reality celebrities … on border security and next week we will be doing master chef and back yard blitz, oh! and confessions of a shopaholic (can´t wait for that one… please note: fabulous shops) – the ones we want to avoid are –SVU (special victims) unit and CSI Buenos Aires.
The headline (Perros) refers to the people we´ve seen employed to walk dogs. OMG watching someone tethered to up to 20 dogs in all shapes and sizes is a sight to behold. There is also the poo everywhere on the street from this activity, but shop keepers clean the front of their shop onto the road, and road cleaners come along and clean the street, good system… maybe a new career in the making for the unemployed in OZ?
We have been enjoying the wonderful tea houses that make high tea a daily item on the agenda. The waiters are dressed straight out of a 1930´s film set and serving you is part of a career rather than just a job. These places are large with endless tables and people watching people and obviously there to be seen… just like us… although jeans dont cut it quite like the furs!
Our Spanish has come a long way in just 2-3 days and we feel comfortable asking for the basics, coffee, the loo, directions etc.
The b+b is great and well positioned for walking everywhere. We have even started the siesta thing in the afternoon, just to be a local. Lorena and Andrea have a pet parrot Lucas a nice change from perros I guess.
The exchange rate is pretty good and we have found things reasonably priced so far. The leather shoes and boots are fantastic and I am sure there will be a purchase at the end of the holiday.
We ate dinner last night at 10pm with all the locals at La Boca (the seedy atmospheric part of town). Weird eating so late but it works when you have breakfast at 10am!
Pounded the pavement today… Evita´s grave at the incredible Recolta cemetary… like an outdoor scuplture park, also strolled the art gallery and discovered a fantastic design centre… plus of course had to have afternoon tea in a salon followed by empandas on the street… losing weight may not be an option! Hardly anyone here is fat which is surprising as the portions for everything are HUGE!