Hola Buenos Aires!

Remember when I had those fabulous guests over to babysit the blog for me? You might have guessed that I had taken a trip somewhere and you'd be right. We spent the Thanksgiving weekend in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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The trip started off badly as I managed to pick up some kind of virus right before leaving. I felt like garbage for the first few days. (And when the entire trip is 4 days long, that is a very bad thing). Thankfully I did feel better in the last part of the trip just to whet my appetite for this interesting city although I didn't feel the usual gusto while experiencing a new place.

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We were lucky enough to be there while their beautiful vibrant purple Jacaranda trees were starting to bloom. I wanted to take these home with me.

Because I wasn't really feeling up to it, I didn't take nearly as many photos as I normally do - except in one place, Recoleta cemetary. Its a huge tourist attraction and the place is crawling with foreigners looking for Evita's tomb. Forgetting her famous resting place, the entire cemetary is just breathtakingly beautiful. We happened to stumble in right before closing which was a great time to experience the aisles mostly alone. Well, alone except for the resident cats.
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As closing time passed, the guards shoo'd us out of there but I would highly recommend a visit.

It wasn't all seriousness. We took some corny cut out photos to up the cheese factor.
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We set aside our final day there to stop at the flea markets. The first stop was the most famous Sunday market, San Telmo.
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On the recommendation of the Brinsons, we headed out to Mercado del Pulgas. A warehouse flea market filled with beautiful old furniture and other big pieces that I wish I could have taken home with me. Its the kind of place I wish we had here. Not surprisingly, I was totally infatuated with the vintage luggage. There was a whole room full of it! Also would have liked to bring home some of the rusty old metal chairs they had in spades. It was such a great place to wander and oogle everything on offer.


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On a down note, there were virtually no prices listed and that made me uncomfortable. I realize I can't negotiate the best deal without speaking the language but I also don't want to be robbed. So my paranoia got the best of me and I left emptyhanded.

On our last night there we went to a tango milonga (a dance event). I had hoped to see a room full of energetic dancers swaying all night. What we got was a bit less exciting - a small crowd of elderly dancers (with a couple of professional dances thrown in randomly). It was surreal to say the least but we laughed the whole time.
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So that pretty wraps up our trip. Buenos Aires seems like an amazing place to live. A lovely mix of cultures, loads to do, a laid back lifestyle, interesting neighborhoods and great shopping. What more could one ask for?

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26 comments:

  1. OH.....that bites that you got sick. Still to be somewhere warm.................. great pics!

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  2. You inspire me to just pick up and get away more often. I need to work on filling up my passport.

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  3. Stunning photographs. I love how you caught the dancers. Thank you for sharing! x

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  4. I love your adventurous life! I am insanely jealous as you are always exploring new places. Stinks you were sick part of the trip though! I feel your pain as I was sick our first day in Germany last week as well. The kitties in the cemetery are striking.

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  5. Ugh, I'm so jealous. You go to the most amazing places.

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  6. Yay, pictures! Is is just me, or do those cats look a little loco? Great images, sorry you were a little under the weather.

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  7. beautiful images... never been there but always wanted to!

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  8. Great photos and love to get a glimpse of the places you go through them! Janell

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  9. lovely travel update as usual! and your pictures, as always, are wonderful. i too find that visiting the touristy sites just before closing usually ensures you have the place to yourself - which is nice!

    at a quick glance i thought that pic of you in the red dress was real---not a cutout! hahaha, that's the best cutout pic i've seen!

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  10. great photos! my cousin just got back from studying in Argentina and i can't wait to hear all about ti at Christmas!

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  11. Your photos are just beautiful! Congrats!

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  12. You and your husband should go on "The Amazing Race"...you'll have all the ins and outs on so many places. :) Beautiful pictures!!

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  13. Your gut was right about the Dorrego Mercado. I have been here 7 years and speak castellano and I always go to flea markets with a native speaker who does all the talking, it does make a difference in the pricing. I know it seems not very transparent, and nothing about doing business here is. I have learned to accept it and have embraced the other wonderful things about living here.

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  14. Somewhat unrelated to travel - If you like those trees, and if you have the space, plant an Eastern Redbud tree at your house. The blooms are almost identical.

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  15. I would love to go to Argentina for a small trip. Did the flight part take up a big chunk in your trip?

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  16. newburgh: Yes, the flight is quite long but on a positive note the time zone is only a couple of hours off so no jet lag.

    mypoliticalexile: Oh i wish I could have gone with a local. It would have been a much different story :)

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  17. I adore your travel pictures! I especially love the dancing pictures.

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  18. I love the photos...it takes me back to when I use to go every year...my moms from Argentina. I also wanted to thank you for the Holiday magazine...it's great.

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  19. The cemetary photos are amazing! "Mercado del Pulgas"?! That just doesn't sound right in english "Market of fleas"~ good thing it's not;)

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  20. i spent 8 days in buenos aires (we apartment sat a gorgeous art deco apartment building in san telmo that belongs to a friend's mother's college roommate) and punta del este (uruguay) for spring break my senior year of college. much like you, i've travelled a lot (growing up w/my family), and argentina is one of my all time favorite places. if you ever get a chance to go back you should scope out the tigre delta, which is a short train ride outside of the cit. and venture to the beaches in urugay, conveniently a pretty short ferry ride as well. i hope you got to drink some malbec and have a delicious steak :)

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  21. I also visited Buenos Aires over T-giving weekend...about 5 years ago. I took a TON of photos of Recoleta too - all those cats and cobweb covered things. I've never thought a cemetary was so beautiful before or since. Loved San Telmo and the cheesy tango shows too. Glad you got to go!

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  22. Thanks for taking us along!

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  23. My fave city in the whole world! Gorgeous pics!!! Can't wait to get married there in 4 months. :)

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  24. all those cats and cobweb covered things. I've never thought a cemetary was so beautiful before or since. Loved San Telmo and the cheesy tango shows too. Glad you got to go!

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  25. a short train ride outside of the cit. and venture to the beaches in urugay, conveniently a pretty short ferry ride as well. i hope you got to drink some malbec and have a delicious steak :)

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  26. Denise3:00 AM

    if you ever fell like coming back to buenos aires, and want to get a good deal at Mercado de pulgas, let me know and I'll translate for you

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