Our plane arrived 1/2 hr early @EZE on Tuesday AM.Saintba thinks tourism is down.....perhaps....but the lines at Immigration for Argentinians & Turistas were not to be believed. It ONLY took us 75 minutes to get out of there because of my assertive behavior. The one booth open at turistas took forever to take a photo and thumbprint. Our beloved Pepe was waiting for us to drive us to our Palermo ap't in traffic that was also horrendous.
Check-in was a breeze: bytArgentina and the owner make it stress free and easy.
Within hours, our dear friend, a former prolific TA poster, picked us up to do a money exchange. Tried arranging it in Boulder w/a trusted contact of friends, but it became too complicated. I was eager to learn "the ropes".......so off we went. DH and I found ourselves sitting in an elegant Recoleta office. The exchange broker sent the money there.What a hoot to see this young man come in to the room......roll up his left pants leg and unravel a wide velcro belt containing the bills. We checked ambito.com first and felt comfortable w/the rate....even though we could have gotten a bit more downtown. It wasn't worth the traffic & energy.....but we did get more than the Saint's rate on his recent post.. This very simple NY girl was really having fun.
BTW......going thru customs was a joke.Had the form filled out & handy but nothing was checked.....and they didn't even take the form. I brought in nuts,dried fruit and almond butter and after that wished I had MUCH more. So, do it, if you are inclined.
Sticker shock at the supermarket....haven't been here for 18 months. I just may shop at Whole Foods when returning to Colorado in January!
POLO: If anyone told me I'd be a spectator Thursday, I would have responded"Are you crazy?" However, our dear friend thought it would be an opportunity to see the best players in the world at a reasonable price with little effort. So we walked over to the Tortugas Country Club Abierto de Polo......purchased general admission tickets for 110 pesos/pp and REALLY had a ball. The day was gorgeous,the animals beautiful and the playing interesting for first timers.The people watching was also fun. More males than females(65/35?),some families, men in business suits...they obviously took the afternoon off and we found it incredible that everyone knows everyone. We left a bit early to "beat the rush". but it seems the last seven minutes were the most exciting!!!! DH sat next to a gent who was very informative. I sat a row back & over & was unlucky to have a guy in front of me smoking and one next to me smoking. Second hand smoke for 2.5 hours. Not fun.
All of this enjoyment IN SPITE of the fact that while walking on Libertador we got sprayed with BLACK WATER. (sigh). Some gal was slightly in back of me and mentioned my back. I said something like "it's OK" and we just continued to walk firmly. DH got the brunt of the black water. Guess we have to be more vigilant. At least the stuff was water soluble and 4 items are now drying on the balcony.
While JUANA M may be the least favorite restaurant of some porteno friends we ate there last night. The salad bar was wonderful,as always and while the meat CAN be inconsistent...we lucked out last night.My lomo and DH's bife de chorizo was PERFECT. Again, sticker shock compared to 18 months ago,but i must admit we could not get what we had in Boulder for $35/incl tax & tip. AND leftovers for lunch today.
FARMACITY: This stop made my day again. For anyone out there who takes Abbott SYNTHROID,you can purchase it here w/o a prescription. I[pay $23/month at home and here in BA it's $2.70/month. I plan on taking home LOTS of Synthroid.What a deal.
We brought another gorgeous day to BA while missing the first Colorado snowfall along the front range and temps in the 30's.
Hope to get a SIM card today and a SUBE card.
Why do i feel I'm using 100 peso notes like one dollar bills back home????? BTW.....the gent that DH sat next to says that Barcelona is CHEAPER than BA by a long shot. He spends 6 months there and 6 months here.
I know our 12 weeks here will fly. Looking forward to EVERY MOMENT....because all we have folks, is this very moment.