The best ice cream in the world and other findings

We have seen a lot of Buenos Aires the last few days.  Our walking has increased (maybe not the walking speed), our knowledge of the subway system has grown (or maybe we are starting to pay attention more) and today Laura and I even ventured off by ourselves when Miranda was working and we did not even get lost (although there was a lot of map consulting).

Yesterday morning we headed out and I saw this:

Winona is found all over!

We headed over to the Recolata neighborhood of Buenos Aires where we toured the cemetery Evita Peron is buried in, went to a fine arts museum and also Buenos Aires’ version of the cherry and the spoon:

The flower opens during the day and closes at night!

All over the city we see millions of dogs, all who have dog walkers–we are always on the look out for dog poop “watch your step!”  but unfortunately I stepped in some last night.

Our day in Recolata ended with THE BEST ICE CREAM IN THE WORLD!!!  (or that is what the travel video on Argentina told me:

We shared three flavors-- dulce de leche w/ brownie, irish cream and mint!

Our night ended by going to a concert that was part of the World Tango Festival.  Think hipster and Spanish and you have the band.  They were awesome.

After the first night at our hostel Laura and I awoke and explored the Palermo neighborhood, where we covered the Botanical Garden, 3 Lakes Park and the Japanese Garden.  The weather was perfect and we even rented a paddleboat!

Fountains at the magical park

The Japanese Garden, also magical.

We are now preparing for our weekend trip to Uruguay!

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La fiesta without socks and Argentina happenings

Vacation has been really busy…on Saturday Laura and I woke up to, “If you guys aren’t ready on time I’m going to leave without you!”  Miranda was very excited to go to the Estancia (Argentine ranch), as were we because we were ready to go out the door right on time.

A few highlights from yesterday:

  • Arriving to the ranch on a beautiful day!  When we got there we were greeted with empanadas and then went out to see the castle and find the horses.
  • Find the horses–as in we were told they were tied up to trees around the ranch and there would be ranch hands there to help us—it took us a good 20 minutes to find the horses and by then the asado lunch was ready for us.
  • The asado was delicious!  We got to try a variety of meats/cuts and watch folklore dancers perform.
  • We saw a woman try to steal a horse, while not quite sure if she was going to ride off with it but she was riding it unattended and then let her friends ride it unattended.  It was ridiculous.
  • Finally, right before we left we got to ride horses!  My horse was a little out of control and with tips from Laura’s horsemanship days I finally got the hang of riding at the end (although at one point I almost asked to get off)
  • “Fiesta without socks” took place last night—Miranda’s roommates’ friends invited us to their party which started at about midnight.  They also dressed in costumes, which was confusing to us because it is not Halloween.  I think it was mostly called a “Fiesta without socks” because they wanted to keep their floor clean.
  • Today we got to tour La Casa Roasada, the presidential palace, which was beautiful.
  • We also visited the San Telmo street fair where we walked through many vendors and saw many street performers.  I even saw a guy wearing a Twins hat.  In shock I did not actually get to talk to him and ask him about a MN connection.
  • Our last stop was to La Boca, a neighborhood with lots of colorful houses, more street performers and home to La Boca Juniors– an Argentine futbol team.

For pictures and more notes on today and yesterday’s activities check out Laura’s blog (just click on merrydays on the side).

We have lots more things planned to see/do the rest of the week so I hope to do some more posting soon!

Goodbye (North) America!

Today begins my adventure with my friend Laura to South America!  We are headed to Argentina and Uruguay!  My sister is living in Buenos Aires right now so what better time to go on vacation and visit her!

There are several misconceptions about Argentina and my trip out there:

  • It is WINTER in Argentina right now….meaning it is not 100 degrees…only 60 (people are really confused about this)
  • Argentina IS in South America (some people are even more confused about this)
  • I’ll be gone for two weeks–not back on Monday like my co-worker asked…
  • Yes, this is a trip for our half-birthdays.

Check back often for trip updates/photos/ridiculous stories!

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