Buenos Aires, Argentina

Trip Start Jun 10, 2012
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Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Our last cruise port was Buenos Aires, and we stayed there for a week after getting off the boat and saying goodbye to everyone. Our apartment was in a really artsy little neighborhood. Graffiti is legal there (that's how artsy it is) so the buildings are just covered with funky spray-painted designs. Our apartment, called "The Gallery" was adorable, with little paintings and statues all over. It was owned by an artist. To get up there, we got to use one of those old-fashioned birdcage elevators. I had my own little loft room.
During our time there, we ate lots of gelato in some interesting flavors. Buenos Aires has the most amazing Italian gelato for not being in Italy. There were lots of homeless people, but they seemed to be permanently set up with their little sidewalk area filled with all their belongings and a mattress to sleep on. We walked around a LOT, basically every day we were in the city. The San Telmo Antique Market was just down the road from our apartment, so we spent a day there and watched people salsa dance. We visited La Recoleta cemetery, which was quite beautiful and held a fair share of famous people. We also went to a zoo that had some really strange animals wandering around (not in enclosures). I still don't know what they were. And we visited a couple of art museums (MALBA was one I loved), the Evita museum, and Casa Rosada, which is where Eva Peron made her speeches from. There were lots of little "exercise parks", which is another thing I liked about the city. There was also a giant metal flower we saw that in the spring and summer, turns towards the sun and closes at night. I swear I saw it when I was looking in the Guinness Book of World Records. There was a festival going on while we were in BA, called Verano en la Ciudad, that we happened to find out about by the person we were renting from. We walked over there and saw Los Nocheros in concert. It's a band I hadn't heard of, but is pretty famous amongst the Latinos.

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