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Trip Start Jan 30, 2008
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Trip End Feb 22, 2008


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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Today, Saturday, we traveled 70 miles by bus to a ranch in the pampas of Argentina. The land here is flat and covered with grasses and low shrubs not many trees. The ranch raised horses for polo players and they gave us an exposition of their skills needed to train these animals. Afterwards, we had a barbecue Argentinian style, which means that they build a fire out of wood and placed the meat on iron crosses, on the ground in front of the fire.
The meat cooks very slowly and the fat drains to the ground. They also have a grate, where they cook whole chickens and other pieces of meat with the hot ashes from the wood fire, The food was very good and we ate way too much of the tasty fare. I had a little nap on the bus ride home, and now we are preparing to go to church with a Jewish couple from Arizona. He is a pharmacist and she a real estate agent.We spent almost 30 minutes in church, and we were still saying the rosary and benediction ,since it was First Friday and the Eucharist exposed for 24 hours.
Later that night, we boarded a frigate called Sarmiento docked along Puerto Madero, and spent an hour going through the ship, Which was built in the late 19th century and traveled the world as an ambassador of Argentina. They even had pictures of Theodore Roosevelt on the ship.
In the morning, we toured the Tigre Delta area visiting a cathedral of the wealthy in San Isidro and a market very close. From there, we boarded a river boat to cruise the Delta Del Parana. The cruise went to an island off the mainland that is a popular attraction for the locals. Some even own homes on the island and all their needs are brought over by boat including fuel, water food and equipment to sustain themselves while there. We ate at a restaurant called Gato Blanco. A nice place but the food was only OK. From there we were brought to the ship and went through long lines to board the ship finally getting to our cabin after 2 hours. We just laid down when the ship alarm went off to call everyone to their muster station. The traditional drill that all cruise members must endure.
The next day we overslept and had to rush to catch our city tour of Montevideo, Uruguay. The capital, and major seaport is on the Rio de la Plata and is the same latitude as Cape Town South Africa, or Sidney Australia. It is home to one third of the 3.3 million people in the country. Soccer is their passion and everyone is caught up in the sport. They hosted the first World Cup in 1930 and won it.They have a active theater community and an Opera House. The center of town is Cuidad Vieja with it's 18th century buildings. The bustling commercial activity of Avenida 18 de Julio and its cultural offerings: theaters, museums and art galleries, and the vibrant Mercado de Puerto, originally opened in 1868. It was once a train station that was taken over by food stalls parrillas (grills) and sea food restaurants.
Other sites include Palacio Taranco( an eighteenth century European style mansion) the Casa Garibaldi (once the home of Italian freedom fighter Giuseppe Garibaldi) and the renovated Solis Theater the best opera House South America has to offer. We saw many other wonderful sites including the beaches along the Rambla (an arab word meaning street of light).
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starlagurl
starlagurl on

Good start...
Looks like you got off to a good start on your cruise. Keep up the good work, will you have photos in the future?

Louise Brown
TravelPod Community Manager

nando64
nando64 on

Trip to South America
Yes I plan to add pictures to all the text, and I added some to the first entry
It gets a little easier each time I try to post a blog. Our first was a trip around the world aboard the QE2 in 2006 but I posted it on earthlinks web space, the second was our China trip posted on Travel Pod.
Thanks for the note,

Nando

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