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First Day in Buenos Aires

Relaxed European Atmosphere with Strong Italian Influence

sunny 72 °F
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We arrived safely in Argentina on Friday morning for our first day in Buenos Aires. Sky was bright blue and a balmy 72 degrees was just delightful. Met our group leader, Julio Ilanods who is Chilean from Patagonia who now lives with his wife Andrea here in Buenos Aires. I'm attaching a photo of Julio at our initial briefing on Friday afternoon with our first toast in spanish --

"Salud, Dinero, Amor, Y Tiempo Para Gastarlo" which translates to "Health, Money, Love, & the Time to Enjoy it". Not a bad toast at all!

Michael and I did a short walk around the neighborhood where we are staying which is called Recolata. It is a fairly upscale neighborhood that includes nice shopping and a short distance to a major cemetery where Eva Parone (Evita) is buried. I'm fairly sure there will be a cemetery visit soon and a posting of her grave site.

Buenos Aires has a very large Italian population that immigrated in the late 19th and early 20th century when the U.S. experienced the same large influx of "WOPS" (without papers). So, finding a good Italian place for lunch was quite easy! Prices are incredibly low with a nice bottle of wine at $4-5! We did indulge!

We decided to start with Italian since many places we will be staying will likely only have grilled beef or lamb so a bit of comfort food before flying south to El Calafate tomorrow morning at 5am (yes, 5am!). Lot's of signs of beef all over the town even here in Buenos Aires!

On our way to dinner, we spotted the Argentine State Bird, the Rufous Hornero who is a cute little bird about the size of a robin. https://nationalopedia.com/argentina-national-bird/

After dinner, a quick stop at Italia, a favorite gelato stop in the neighborhood complete with the map of all the Italian regions on the ceiling including Le Marche!

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Posted by Baroni 09:27 Archived in Argentina

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