I may have been in Argentina for a few days, but after the fact, it feels like fleeting hours. It was too short no matter how I look at it, but I had such an awesome time. I’ve got a ton of great memories now that’ll never leave me, and a couple of stamps in my passport, and lots of love in my heart for Lisa. So, let’s do some day by day summaries.
Thursday: Not much else past what I posted. Lisa got back to the hotel, and we went walking up to the Florida street mall. We walked all over and it was a blast. There was an arcade with this neat percussion game called Percussion Freaks (and I think it was the 4th edition, which is why that’s the one I linked), and Lisa and I both played with that and it was greatly amusing. We passed a number of theaters as well as the place where Lisa works, so I’d be able to walk back the next day.
Friday: Lisa went to work, I slept in. I got up and met her for a long lunch. We walked to a food court in this one mall and had a mediocre lunch from this teppan yaki type place there, and then an awesomely wonderful bit of chocolate ice cream with Dulce de Leche in it, which is apparently the national treat – the Dulce de Leche part. That night, we went and saw “Sr. y Sra. Smith”, which was in English with Spanish subtitles, except for the short scene where Spanish was spoken, and then there were no subtitles. It was funny because I’m used to having those scenes subtitled, and didn’t realize that they wouldn’t here – it makes sense, it was just amusing. Afterwards, we went to this place where I got an 18oz or so steak for like $7 US. It was a great steak, if a little undercooked for my taste. Well-done doesn’t exist in Argentina.
I should note, I think I’m remembering everything right, but I’ve already had to correct myself once. I haven’t really slept in roughly 38 hours or so, aside from short naps on the plane, which was a pretty rough ride back – more later on that.
Saturday: We had a blast today. We went and visited the LDS temple in the area, which was like a twenty minute drive from the hotel. We had a driver from the hotel as opposed to a taxi, since it was notably cheaper to have a driver hang around than it would have been for a taxi. It was very pretty, and I have a number of pictures that I’ll be trying to get up soon – probably tomorrow. We were there for about 45 minutes, then we had our driver take us to the zoo. We were at the zoo for easily three or four hours. It was much more open than the zoo here, with some animals just wandering about. We also saw a hippo for the first time. There’s this one camel that tried to eat Lisa’s hair, or at least that’s what she’d have you believe. It’s an awesome picture, and I’ll be providing a link for it soon. After the zoo, we went back to the hotel and rested a bit.
Saturday night: We had tickets for a tango show! Well, rather, reservations. At around 8 or so, a van showed up and picked us up, as well as some others, to take us to the show. It was a dinner first, then the show, and while the food options were limited, there was some pretty good and unique food. I still don’t know what was stuffed into my chicken, but it was pretty tasty. Lisa had a steak that had some sort of grape sauce on it, although the grape wasn’t really that strong. At 10:15 or so, the show started, and ran for like 90 minutes. It wasn’t quite what we expected, but it was great. There’d be some dancing, then some singing, then some dancing, then some just instrumental music for a few minutes, then dancing, then singing… you see the pattern here. The end culminated with singing and dancing combined in this really neat setup, and overall it was just awesome. We got back around midnight-ish, I think.
Sunday: Well, Sunday was the official opening of the call center, so we had to be there at 8am or so. We went and stayed as short as we could, then came back to the hotel and took a nap. I think we got moving again at around 1pm or so. We took a taxi down to the Hard Rock Cafe, where we had lunch, then walked around an area that I know only as “the fair”. It consists of a TON of people selling various home-made items. It’s very touristy and full of souvenirs and tons of live music and such, and it was a blast. After walking through a lot of that, we walked over to the cemetary and wandered about the mausoleums. We walked up to Evita’s tomb and looked at it for a minute or two. It was covered in flowers and other such tributes. It was a very different experience, and I know I saw a number of coffins that were occupied, which was a bit weird. It was very unique, to say the least. Afterwards, we walked over to the national fine arts museum and walked around that for a bit, then we walked over to the theater and decided there was nothing else we wanted to see, so we caught a taxi back to the hotel. That night, we went to dinner at Bice, and that was quite possibly the best meal I have ever had at a restaurant, ever. It was great. Such an awesome lasagna. Yum. Great dessert too, great everything. So good.
Monday: Lisa went to work, I slept in a bit, and got moving at about 9am or so (6am in my home time zone). I packed up a bit, then walked and met Lisa again for lunch. I had this thing called a milanesa, which was somewhat like a really big chicken fried steak. I had the extra version, which also had some ham on it. After that, we went and got a small treat at a corner store, then she went back to work and I went back to the hotel. She got off work, we had tÃ©, and just hung out together in the room until I had to leave. The car picked me up for the airport at 6:50pm local time there, and it was a very hard goodbye. The drive to the airport took forever too.
Monday night: Checking in at the airport in Argentina was very different. I went through at least two different metal detectors and wand checks and had to show my boarding pass and passport to what seemed like a ton of people until I finally got to my gate. The plane back was a 767, but it didn’t have any of those nice little air vents for personal AC, so I felt like I was roasting on the plane. I also didn’t have a personal screen, so I was subject to whatever they were showing, which in this case was some highlight reel from CBS content, then “Because of Winn-Dixie”, which I didn’t even bother listening to. I just switched to music and tried to sleep. I couldn’t really sleep well.
Tuesday morning: I got into Dallas at around 6:45 Dallas time, which was 5:45 for my home time zone. I’d been going for about 24 hours now, with only some mild plane napping, which is almost worse than no sleep at all in a way. I got off the plane, and had to pick up my bags and go through all the customs stuff, and it took about an hour to get through it all. It didn’t help that in my groggy state, I kept forgetting to take metal off of myself as I passed through detectors, meaning I got a much more detailed security check upon arrival. After re-checking my bags, I talked to Lisa and my mom on the phone for about a minute or two each, then sat down in the Chili’s Too at the airport and had some breakfast while I waited on my flight. It wasn’t to leave until 9:42 Dallas time, so I had a couple of hours to sit there. My flight back to Albuquerque was decently nice – it was all on time with no issues, and it was probably the smoothest landing I’ve ever had in Albuquerque. My mom picked me up, and we came back to my house where we dropped off my bags, and did a quick flip through of the pictures of the trip, then we went and got a chicken bowl. I then came back and took a nap for a couple of hours, then I got up and I’ve been slogging around the net for a couple of hours, catching up.
This entry is just beastly, so if you didn’t read it all, I can’t blame you. I’ll try to make the next few shorter, I swear. I think my next few entries will probably be observations about Argentina and things that fascinated me or amused me at least. I’m so glad I took tomorrow off, because I need a day to recoup from my trip.