Looks like Santa will have to find our chimney in Buenos Aires. We are still waiting to get the vehicle cleared out of the port and into our hands. Due to a series of unfortunate mistakes (none our doing) , a process that is meant to take about 1 week, is going to take 3 weeks, delayed further due to the Christmas break. We are very lucky that our friend Marco was able to make a few calls and we now have some extra assistance in navigating the challenging system. We are definately not in Kansas anymore. On the positive side (the one we are trying to focus on) we are getting to know the city very well; I will be able to shop and buy myself some platform shoes (the rage here right now); Keira got to sit on the knee of a very morose Santa and we got to visit another town near here called Tigre. Tigre is a town built on a river delta. It is a tourist town to which Argentinians flock on weekends for river sports like kayaking, boating, jetskiing and chilling out at nice restaurants and coffee shops. We did a river cruise there which took us past small communities that have made their lives on the river, establishing schools and other services. The only access is via boat. We are now staying at the Recoleta Hostel in a nice area of town. The hostel is great, has a kitchen, a courtyard and rooftop garden. Keira and I have decorated the room with a small tree and tinsel for Christmas. In Argentina they celebrate Christmas on a much smaller scale and to be honest it is nice to be removed from the commercialism. We have read that Christmas Eve is when their main celebrations take place, with family BBQ's or potluck type dinners, fireworks, present giving at around 1 am and partying beginning at 2 am. Christmas Day is more low key and a recovery day. The kids here get an extra bonus, as on January 5th they get another round of presents as they celebrate the day when the wise men arrived in Bethlehem. Keira has already tried to cash in on that one! This will probably be our last blog before Christmas, so Feliz Navidad, have a safe and happy holiday season. We are hoping Santa brings us a well equipt Landcruiser for Christmas!!! Lots of Love, Mike, Keira and Riss.
ABOVE : Tigre Delta RIGHT: Maria's apartment building, tallest building 42nd floor; Keira playing in the park. BELOW: Keira with Santa; who needs toys, our homemade princesses in their castle with sharks below.
Sunset over Buenos Aires, taken from Maria's apartment.
Argentina is definately a carnivores paradise. Mike is loving it and has probably consumed a whole cow since he arrived. I, on the other hand, am finding it hard to find anything on the menu that resembles vegetables. But don't worry, I am not fading away there are many other delectables to take care of my calories! Buenos Aires is known for its elaborate pastries. They are both beautiful looking and delicious. The italian influence is apparent in dishes like pizza, ravioli and spaghetti. Empanadas, baked or fried turnovers with meat, chicken or ham and cheese are a staple, and great as a snack. And of course, helado, ice cream. The most delicious flavor being Dulce de Leche, which is thick caramel sauce that the Argentians put on and in everything. Alfajores are cookie sandwiches filled with dulce de leche and covered with chocolate, what more could you want.
Soy milk is hard to come by, as is peanut butter, but we were able to find both in China Town, and stocked up.
I hate to confess that we have visited the evil empire of Starbucks twice. They have soy milk, so I can have a break from the world of tea. Keira was disappointed not to see cake pops but has filled the void with ice cream.
Like most other countries, McDonalds has made an appearance.
That is all for now on the edibles front. Will keep you posted as to any other discoveries. Need to teach Mike portion control on the "bife" and on the litre bottles of cervesa. Wish me luck.
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Hello all. The first post, of many I expect. We arrived in Buenos Aires Thursday last week, had a bit of an eventful trip on the way here (but all good). We are currently jumping through a lot of hoops to get the car sorted, typical stuff crossing the t's and dotting the i's and then doing it all over again, and again, but when in rome it's best not to piss the romans off so to speak. We've already covered a lot of ground checking out the city itself and we headed out to a little town north west of here for a weekend of chilling. San Antonio De Arico, cool little spot. Even visited the resting place of the famous Evita Peron. We are staying with an amazing friend Maria who has given her home to us, while we get ourselves sorted, it has made life more than comfortable, she took the photo of us on the front page of the site. The sites a work in progress so bare with me and I'll try and wip it into shape as we go. The girls are doing great, we are fully in travel mode and hope to have the vehicle next week fingers crossed... Oh yeah it's carnivore heaven here, but Riss managed to find soy milk and Keira is single handedly keeping the chocolateers in business. Best Regards to all Mic