Off to Prague

13 04 2009

We ate our last steak dinner, walked around Buenos Aires, had some ice cream, and now we’re moving on to Prague… Read the rest of this entry »

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Buenos Aires

11 04 2009
Tango dancers in the street- will dance for tips

Tango dancers in the street- will dance for tips

We have been lucky to have been to this great city before, so this time we didn’ t spend as much time (or money) as we did our first time here.  It is Santa Semana here, and many people have the entire week off, so it is fairly busy.  We walked the major pedestrian avenues, went out to the massive Julio 9 Boulevard, walked through the artist area of San Telmo, saw performers dancing the tango in the street and had our final steak dinner in Argentina. Read the rest of this entry »





Uruguayans: Mate fiends

10 04 2009

 

Mate drinker on the street

Mate drinker on the street

 

Uruguay has a been a pleasant surprise for us, the people are really laid back and very friendly, and there aren’t many tourists here.  Like Chileans and their mullets, Uruguayans are really obsessed with their mate.  Our guidebook says the average person in Uruguay consumes more mate per capita than Argentinians, but at first we couldn’t see how that could occur.  Once we arrived here, we realized it could be done, but only by drinking mate all the time (such as while driving, cycling, at the grocery store, or driving a motorcycle), which they do here with surprising consistency.

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La Sirena

10 04 2009
La Sirena

La Sirena

We just treated ourselves to a few days of luxury living  at an estancia in Uruguay, called La Sirena.  Though it was above our daily budget for our year long trip, it was a great experience and worth the extra cost.  Our hosts were great and it was a nice experience to ride horses and see some of the countryside here in Uruguay.

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Uruguay

6 04 2009
Historic quarter in Colonia, Uruguay

Historic quarter in Colonia, Uruguay

Since we have been to Buenos Aires before and it isn’t the cheapest city (although it is very nice), we decided to go across the Río de la Plata to Uruguay for our few remaining days on the continent.  We took the ferry from Buenos Aires over to the town of Colonia del Sacramento and we are eventually going to an estancia (a large old school cattle ranch) up near Mercedes for two days of luxury living before we head to eastern Europe. Read the rest of this entry »





Córdoba

2 04 2009
Modern mixed with old

Modern mixed with old

We made a quick stop in the city of Córdoba on our way to Buenos Aires.  It’s the second largest city in Argentina well known for it’s mix of modern art and the historic downtown that has some important Jesuit buildings.  The Jesuits founded the first University here in 1610, and have an old library we toured with the rest of the block (including an old church and the original university).

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Maipú

1 04 2009
Wine press

Wine press

We went to the town of Maipú outside of Mendoza to do a fairly standard bicycle trip through some wine tasting areas. The area is similar to Lodi, in California. It’s a working vineyard and agricultural area, yet also common for tourists to do the cycling wine tours, and the city has done a nice jobs of providing way-finding signs and some good bike lanes (separated from the traffic by a wide, two-inch tall curb).

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