Sunday, September 7, 2008

South America Trip - Day 7

Day 7 - Wednesday 8/27

Today we woke up and ate breakfast and then boarded a van for our city tour. There were about 15 people on our tour. The tour guide spoke English and Spanish.

Buenos Aires is such a big city, like Los Angeles and Chicago. There are tons and tons of restaurants dotted along the river, along with the Catholic college.

Buenos Aires is known as the "Paris of South America". It has tons of European influence in the architecture.

We went to all of the different neighborhoods in the city. We saw where all of the rich people used to live in their big palaces. When there was a yellow fever epidemic, they all left and established homes in another part of the city. Those mansions and palaces are now the embassies.

They have tons of monuments of the people who helped to found the city. We even saw the "Pink House" where the president has her office.

We stopped in the neighborhood of La Boca; the home of Tango dancing. The buildings are all painted different bright colors.

After our tour ended, we ate lunch at a place called Mostaza that said it had the Ultimate Hamburger. had nothing on the burgers in the US!!

By the time we finished eating, it had started to rain pretty hard. We took a cab back to the hotel. We all made appointments for massages. Cuong and Yolanda had really good massages, but Paul and I weren't so impressed.

While Cuong and Yolanda were in their massage appointments, Paul and I sat at the indoor pool area and watched the lightning and heard the thunder as the storm rolled through.

For dinner we went to an all-you-can-eat place down the street called Siga La Vaca, or "follow the cow". For $15 US, we got all you can eat meats, salad bar, drinks and dessert! YUM! Instead of the meat on spits like in Brazil, in Argentina they barbecue right over the flame. In Argentina, they have a dipping sauce called Chimichurri that we absolutely loved!

Here's a view of our hotel as we were walking back after our delicous dinner!

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