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Buenos Aires - On The Way To Antarctica

Buenos Aires - On The Way To Antarctica

Thursday, March 05, 2009

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!!

 

 

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Name: Susan Waller

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Email: soozmgw@gmail.com

Now my heart can rest! So thankful you made the quest and accomplished your dream. God is good, all the time! You showed incredible perseverence that is a challenge to the kids in my program and we ran today in your honor and they shouted "Go LINDA!" on each lap around the basketball court (Ok, we are wimpy and chose not to run in 27F weather!) The boys ran the BEST I have ever seen. Straight lines, keeping each other going...I jogged, too which felt like MY marathon! It´s been a wonderful day and we are so proud of you and Randy. This is incredible and will reach many people as a result of the sacrifices both of you have made. Hugs and Love,

Susan, crew, staff, feathered and furry

Name: kquirk

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Email: kquirk1976@yahoo.com

Linda, We are thinking of you right now as you are racing your way through Antartica.  Emma and I said a special prayer for you this morning.  We love you and are thinking of you!!  I hope it is an amazing race and that you realize as you are running all that you have accomplished.  You truly are such an AMAZING woman!  I am so proud of you and proud to be your daughter! 

Name: Rich/Ren

Monday, March 09, 2009

Email: rcraig@renaissanceinstitute.net

I´m cheering for you guy´s, wish I was there. Hope all went well and I´ll say a prayer for a safe trip home.

Rich

Name: Jenny Houston

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Email: jenhous@sbcglobal.net

Hi, Linda - Have been praying for you as you begin your last race.  Praying that your fasciitis will subside miraculously!!!  I´ve had it and know how painful it can be!!  God Bless You.  Was so great to finally meet you - Susan´s family!!!   Will be watching your progress.  Take care - Love Jenny In Weed.

Name: Linda

Friday, March 06, 2009

Email: lhayward01@yahoo.com

Your blog is almost like being there....but I´m not, nor would I ever be in this lifetime.  All the makings of a "break and run" for me!  Can you only imagine?  Thanks for sharing your experiences with us time and time again.  Hopefully all of those spirits you walked through will bring you gobs of energy and good luck on this last leg.  Saw Randy in the Safari garb -- wonder what visual this outfit will bring.  I can´t wait to see the pictures.  You are awesome Linda, (not nearly overstated enough) -- and we love you both!  BE SAFE...and don´t forget to call or write!  xox L

 

Name: csykes

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Email: csykes@renaissanceinstitute.net

Linda and I have been touring Buenos Aires with a wonderful and enthusiastic group of marathoners and cheerleaders from around the world! I have met people from Australia, Tahiti, UK, Chicago, Germany and more. Everyone is so excited to travel to such a wonderful place as Antarctica and can´t wait to hit the trail! The yougest runner is 14 years old and the oldest "verteran" is 75! Somewhere I fit in along with the other first time 1/2 marathoners and I am honored to be in such company. Good luck to all....

Candy Sykes

Name: swaller

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Email: soozmgw@gmail.com

Alfredo, Barbara and I send our greetings. Alfredo said that if your heel starts hurting, keep going! Don´t quit. You can think back on how far you have come and look forward. 

As for me, I´ll be praying to the Creator to calm the seas. He´s done it before! ?Peace! Be still!" Of course, that may apply to the butterflies as well. He is with you all the way.

Love and hugs,

Susan and crew 

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