Sunday, June 27, 2010

Time Keeps Flying By

Tyler and I have been sick the past few days. It's a huge bummer when you're trying to soak in your last days somewhere, but así es la vida. We leave this Wednesday evening. Two and a half days. Here's what we've been up to this past week.

We visited Tigre with our friends David and Kim and our new friend who's name I can't remember (sorry!). Here's Tyler looking dapper in his new fadora.

Tigre is a bit like Venice with lots of walter channels. You get around primarily by boat. Don't jump, Ella! Don't jump!

They have parks in Tigre too. Nothing makes my girl happier than a slide.

Except maybe a swing...

Huddling 'round the stroller. Me, Tyler, David, Kim, and Ella.

Chau, Tigre. The train that runs between BsAs and Tigre takes about an hour. And only costs $1.35. That's Argentine pesos, too. Muy barato!

We had dinner with David, Kim, Naoko, and Henry at a Peruvian restaraunt. They had fabulous ceviche and roast chicken. We've been so blessed to have friend here. David and Kim (whom we know from the States through Lindy Hop) are taking a year long trip around the world. Henry and Naoko live here in BsAs and are fabulous tango dancers and very fun to dine with.

Here's me and my yoga instructor, Gabriel. He's from Columbia and has a fabulous accent. He's also a stickler for *perfect* alignment in each pose. I could get sore with him in child's pose. It's good for me.

After tango class on Wednesday, we got to hit one of our favorite cafes one last time...Cumanas. This, my friends, is cazuela. So. Very. Good.

I'll try to squeeze in a post about our trip to see the ballet at Teatro Colon. The cheap seats there mean you can't actually see the stage from your seat. Whoops!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Iguazu Photos

I just realized I never posted pictures of our trip to Iguazu. We've been so busy crossing things off our list, I suppose. But, alas, here they are. It was a rainy day when we visited the park, so the pictures are a bit soggy. Keep in mind that our pictures don't do the falls justice. The power, the roar, the extreme wild beauty was so hard to adequately capture on film.

Here's a bit of back ground on Los Cataratas del Iguazu care of wikipedia: The waterfall system consists of 275 falls along 2.7 kilometers (1.67 miles) of the Iguazu River. Position is at latitude (DMS): 25° 40' 60 S, longitude (DMS): 54° 25' 60 W . Some of the individual falls are up to 82 meters (269 ft) in height, though the majority are about 64 metres (210 ft). The Devil's Throat (Garganta del Diablo in Spanish or Garganta do Diabo in Portuguese), a U-shaped, 82-meter-high, 150-meter-wide and 700-meter-long (490 by 2300 feet) cataract, is the most impressive of all, and marks the border between Argentina and Brazil. Two thirds of the falls are within Argentine territory.

We only visited the Argentina side.

It was wet. Ella tolerated the rain and her glorified trash bag. Bless her.

To get to the Devil's Throat, you walk about 1 km over a series of bridges over the river.

Ella got very scared. It was loud and wet. Poor baby burst into tears and started crying, "Go home! Go home!"

Tyler and I rewrote and declared our wedding vows here. This trip was our anniversary celebration.

Ella did love the hammock at the hostel!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

A picture Blog of Boca

To cross another thing off the list, today we visted Boca. Boca is a barrio of Buenos Aires known for a couple things: Color, is one. As you can see.

Every restaruant has a performer (or performers). Musisians, tango dancers...oodles of entertainment.

Ella enjoyed trying on hats while Tyler looked for his fedora.

And then she flirted with the salesman.

The second thing Boca is famed for is futbol. The Boca Juniors, more specifically. Here Tyler and Pea are at the ginormous Boca Juniors stadium.

Futbol is a HUGE deal here.


Yes, I'm pretty sure this is Paron, Evita, and Diego Maradona.

Here's Maradona's start at the stadium.

Tango is a big deal too...

And here's some fake laundry hanging to dry. Random, I know.

For lunch we had (drum roll) choripan!

The barrio of Boca once tried to form there one republic. The national army put a quick stop to it. But often it's still referred to as the Republic of Boca.

Hola and chau!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Two point Five

We have two and a half weeks left of our six month stint in Buenos Aires. Early this month we made a list and posted it on the fridge, so that we could keep track of some key things we want to make sure to do (or do again) before we go. Here's what the list looks like:

Cataratas de Iguazu
Boca (a barrio we haven't yet seen)
Visit San Telmo again and eat at Des Nivel
take pictures of Floralis Generica
Puerto Madero for choripan
ride on the A Line again for pics (it's the oldest subway line, all wooden interior)
visit Tigre
take pics of our favorite dance studio
attend the other FreeBATour (we've done one, but there's two)
Cirque du Soleil (Junio 17)
purchase another pair of tango shoes(Jamie)
purchase our favorite wooden plates to bring home

I have one more Spanish lesson to take. And we've started cleaning the flat up a bit and sorting through some stuff we are going to donate and not bring home. These last couple weeks are going to fly by. we're both really excited about that because we are ready to be reunited with our family and friends (and dog). But we're also starting to get sad about this stretch of our life's journey coming to an end. A lot has happened in six months. It's flown by and creeped by at times. What an amazing experience it is. Can't wait to share more with you when we see you next.

Friday, June 11, 2010

More Pictures for the Gallery

We've been busy crossing things off our "must do/see before we return to the States" list. Last week we roamed around the street fair in San Telmo. Not much to say, just some fun pics.