Oi! Catching up – Day 11-13

Ooookay… so I’ve been busy enough that I’ve neglected to post anything about it at all. This is the somewhat condensed version of the last few days:

Day 11:

My Baba (grandmother) got her cataract surgery today. Since my dad doesn’t have anyone to back him up today, I stuck around nearby to make sure he had backup.
Day 12:

Today, after sleeping in a bit, is the day of the GRAND EXCURSION with my great and extraordinary dad. We went all over the place! Starting at Porto Maedero (to get tickets to Uruguay on Buquebus), we then took the bus to the old town of Boca.

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Argentina .. Day 10

Gah! A trip to El Calefate to see the glaciers, and then to Ushuaia and back to Bs.As. is more than US$1k. Looks like I’ll have to do it on another visit, because frankly that’s a bit too steep for me.

Dad took Gran to get the cataract surgery this morning, and they were back by noon. Zip/zap done! She has an eyepatch (of course) but it’s just temporary, and she’s quite a trooper. Told me that the whole thing was over, and that she wasn’t even aware that they had done it, so fast and painless. Continue reading “Argentina .. Day 10”

Argentina .. Day 9

The hot streak continued today. I spent the bulk of the morning trying to figure out how to get tickets for a three day tour of Ushuaia, down in Tiera del Fuego. Of course, there are lots of available tickets .. but it’s the high season and the travel agencies are really pushing the prices up. So, the morning was spent mostly going between different travel agencies. Continue reading “Argentina .. Day 9”

Argentina .. Day 6

Today was a day to spend with family again. Mind you, I woke up at .. oh .. noon. I’m feeling back like my old self again, minus some horseness and an occasional cough.

Once I was able to rouse myself out of bed, the plan for the day was to go to Puerto Madero. Like Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, Puerto Madero is now a walking mall full of shops, cafe’s, restaurants and art. It used to be the main port for all of Argenina, and the major dry dock. I grabbed a quick snapshot (below) which they had there in English:

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Argentina .. Day 4

Ick.  Bleaugh.  Poo.

Sick me, in bed, for the day.  Running a fever, and I know better than to tempt the fates by even trying to go out today.  I’ll stay here at my grandmothers house and recover.

-Martin over and out

Argentina … Day 3

Today, I met up with Kragen and Bea Sitaker. They are both working their way around South America for a year-long trip of exploration. I know them through Kennita, and Erica, and a whole lot of other friends of mine … they seem to cross my social circle quite a bit .. and now they are even crossing my travel plans!

In any case, I met up with them at the apartment they are renting off of Calle Independencia, not too far away from Calle Florida (Of which I spoke so highly of yesterday.) So, it’s a natural to suggest that we all walk over there, and enjoy lunch at (where else?) Cafe Richmond! Continue reading “Argentina … Day 3”

Argentina .. Day 2

What a DAY

It was a whirlwind your of the city, from the blocks around my grandmothers house with my father. Then on through to the biochemistry institute where he’s collaborating here, then onwards via the subway to all points in the city! Calle Florida is a long, long pedestrian mall street where everything can be bought and sold. Harrod’s of london is there, so is Burberry, and any other number of shops.

Fourteen million people live in and around Buenos Aires, it’s a HUGE metropolitan city. This street reflects that, with thousands of people milling through from one end to the other.

My dad and I stopped at the famous Richmond Cafe (Florida 460), a beautiful 1920’s era restaurant all done in wood paneling, for lunch. At 3pm. You have to admire the love these people have for eating late, and not doing ‘fast food.’ I had an absolutely yummy lomo (Filet Mignon) sandwich, and my dad had a chicken/veggie crepe. Finish it all off with some of the best sparkling mineral water and a good beer.

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