Started out the day as the first person up for breakfast in my lovely B&B Otra Orilla--this place still uses the family silver! At 10 am got a call from AvRooster--be ready to go at 11! I was (ok, 3 minutes late), and off we went to Unicenter to buy bombachas de campo. Before I could say ´no mas´, I had a pair of gaucho pants, boots, cotton shirt, a backpack/purse and 3 belts made of carpincho wrapped and ready for me to buy. I was too shy to ask about a discount if I paid in cash (this was a very reputable store!), so DonAv did the talking and sure enough I got 10% off for paying cash--so total bill was $239 usd. Plus I got my tax-free refund to present at the airport--another $30* usd saved! Then off to sporting stores to look for futbol shirts. Only the team shirts were available without the name-numbers assigned (I just read in La Nacion that team members won´t officially be selected for another 45* days), so will look for ´bootleg´shirts on Calle Florida. Then to Jumbo to check out Luigi Bosca DOC Malbec prices. They were out of stock! In the meantime picked up some tins of Mendoza olive oil (quite good) to take home as gifts, and a 2nd suitcase to haul all my ´loot´. Then off to Mataderos to see the Sunday Fair. Tons of people, mostly porteños. Went to the museum, which is really good and well worth the whopping 2 peso entrance charge. Saw some of the ´folklore dancing´´..thought it looked much easier than tango! All the food kiosks were packed..finally found a line with minimum people and had a choripan..smelled the local ´jug´wine and decided to stick to water. Looked for the gaucho horse show, but couldn´t find the area. Then off to San Telmo. What a treat! Full of tourists, but much livelier given the quantity of street performers. Had to get to work taking photos, as Av was constantly reminding me of my promises to Reina! Finally found the Plaza where tango dancing is performed. Excellent dancing, with commentary provided between sets to give the audience a history of the dance. Unfortunately the male dancer-spokesperson turned this into a political discussion on the paper mill controversy with Uruguay, but before the commentary got too heated he and his partner returned to dancing and the crowd was happy. While we were returning to the car another ´performance´occurred. Two Argentines accused a street performer dressed as Charlie Chaplin of stealing their radio! All it took was 2 policemen present, and a crowd of about 30 people surrounded the accusers, the accused, and the cops. And Avrooster badgered me to take photos of the whole thing! Having no desire to spend a night in an Argentine jail if the porteño police took a dislike to my photo snapping, I handed the camera over to Av! Then when we returned to Av´s car we found it blocked by somebody double parking! After about 3 minutes the owner came running down from upstairs (a love hotel, perhaps??) apologizing profusely but I think he still got a few of Av´s ´lunfardo´ verbage en route. Then we drove home, going double the posted speed limit but stil slower than most of the other drivers on the road (I closed my eyes a lot). All in all, a wonderful day with Don Av!
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