On our way to Antarctica we were able to spend 3 days in Buenos Aires, not enough time to pay justice to this beautiful city, however we were able to touch the surface. The birthplace of the Tango, Buenos Aires is widely known for their beef, which Randy sampled on day 1. It took him a bit longer to order as he had to decide from the menu which cow it was to come from, what section of the cow and size….way too many options for an Irish man!! Now that the stomach was content it was time to walk it all off, and walk we did. We headed toward the Recoleta section of town where large parks and beautiful tree lined streets abound. This area is home to many of the embassies, 14 acres occupied by the Cemetery, which includes the tomb of Eva Peron as well as the National Museum of Art. As it was a rather rainy day, walking through the cemetery was for me a bit uncomfortable. This mind you was not your everyday cemetery. It consisted of wide avenues, narrow marble-walled streets as well as small dark alleys. There are more than 6400 tombs and mausoleums with the requisite amount of cats. We were looking for plot #57, Eva Peron’s tomb that was conveniently placed toward the rear of the cemetery and down a small alleyway. Under normal conditions it probably wouldn’t have bothered me to walk there but today it was raining, dark and gloomy. Some tombs had been broken into, and coffins in clear view. I became rather uneasy and couldn’t high tail it out quick enough. I think I’d prefer the ride in Disneyland’s haunted house…friendly ghosts there!!!
While visiting Buenos Aires going to café’s is a must. We went to one of the oldest, Café Tortoni, with high ceilings, artwork surrounding the walls and wonderful coffee and lemon pie!! From there we headed toward the government section, the Presidential Palace (or Red House) and the Cathedral. Along the way we witnessed a rather large demonstration of workers protesting. The streets were lined with police in full regalia, riot gear as well! By all appearances it was a peaceful demonstration…happily for us as we took the pictures and promptly headed toward a taxi to take us to another part of town.
La Boca is famous for its very colorful buildings as well as the football team, Boca Juniors and as the birthplace of the Tango. This area was born as a result of the influx of immigrants from different origins that arrived into Buenos Aires and today still attracts many locals and visitors to the football stadium which is at the heart of this small area.
It is up very early for some of us tomorrow morning, as we will board flights to Ushuaia, where we pick up our ships and depart for Antarctica. The butterflies are already beginning to flutter as I contemplate the weather and general conditions that we will encounter on the open seas. It is now out of our control as we put all of our trust into the hands of our capable ship’s captain. I am, however, praying for calm seas through the Drake Channel….please let the patch work!!!
Until my next blog please keep good thoughts coming my way!!