Buenos Aires is Muy Bueno!

Trip Start Mar 27, 2012
Trip End Oct 17, 2012

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

We arrived in Buenos Aires with no real agenda other than eating well, relaxing and spending time with our beautiful and generous hosts Maurico and Mariana, and their two year old daughter Isabella.  And, in this respect it was a great success! 
Maurico and Mariana have a lovely home in San Isidrio, a small suburb of Buenos Aires.  The neighborhood is spectacular with many beautiful homes, cobblestone streets, and a nice downtown with many shops and restaurants.  It was such a privilege and delight to stay with an Argentine family. We were treated like a king and a queen -- this will be one of the most luxurious stays of our trip. 

Buenos Aires is a great place to visit, it feels like a European city. We stayed for 7 days in total, but we could've easily stayed here for a month. We quite quickly fell into a routine of sleeping in late, strolling around the city's sights at a snail's pace, and then eating late night dinners (Argentinians typically start dinner around 9:30pm) of bread, wine, meat, meat and more meat. And oh, the ice cream ~ or as they call it here, helado, is incredible!  

Despite our lack of urgency, we managed to see everything we had intended and much more: The mysterious Recoletta cemetery where Evita and many other rich and famous Argentinians are buried; Casa Rosada, the pink government building which houses the balcony that Eva Peron used to address the public; Palermo the "west village" (NYC) or "the mission" (SF) of BA where we participated in an in depth tour of the street art/graffiti scene (photos here). We also had the opportunity to sail in Tigre, a country side village where many Argentinas have a second home. 
We celebrated the first night of Passover in Buenos Aires too.  Through Lillian's work, we were matched with a family (The Fermanns) that hosted us for dinner.  The Fermanns are artists who work in Palermo and have two university aged children, Carolina and Gabriel.  It was a delight to spend the holiday with a Jewish family abroad, and we hope we can return the favor to them when they visit San Francisco.
Next stop Patagonia . . .
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