Week 2, or thereabouts

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domingo, lunes 8-9 marzo

Nothing happened.  David looked up a favorite restaurant.  Changed to a pizza parlor.  Looked up an old acquaintance.  Married.  And, seemingly, changed to a pizza parlor.

 

martes, 10-marzo

David has a new teacher - Fabiana.  What happened to Natalia, you ask?  Must have been something David said.

Fabiana commiserated with the problems of eating vegetarian in BsAs, recommending a local restaurant.  She failed to commiserate with the problems of finding potable IPA in BsAs.  Which reminds:  we all know that automated translations can be a bit off.  A leaflet from a local restaurant that specializes in craft brews describes the brewing process in Spanish and English.  The English is more fun.

"The maceration consists of obtaining from the starch of the wrong one a liquid sweet called mosto. In the baking oven boils the mosto it to sterilize and to be extracted by the flavors and aromas of the hop..."

You may have guessed - the "wrong one"  is the translation of "malta".

 

miercoles, 18-marzo

OK, so David has been a bit remiss in updating this site.  The weather has been nice, nothing interesting has happened, so why remark on it?  In fact, this entry is being written only to kill time until the bookstore opens!

David's teachers are now two young men, and while the ladies were easier on the eyes, these gentlemen are more interesting - they like to argue about politics, the global recession, national character, etc. (e.g. the people of Argentina have mass demonstrations on just about any political subject; why don't Americans?)

So, reading the newspaper this AM, David saw that all the Argentinean farmers are once again about to start a blockade in protest against  tariffs  imposed on soy and wheat exports.  Once again, do we have to worry about getting to the airport?  Ah, but we don't have to wait two weeks to worry.  When David went to the supermarket, all the checkout lines were 10-20 people deep!!

This weekend will bring a short trip to Mendoza, with touristy trips to the mountains, vineyards, etc.  Lots of pictures.

viernes, 20-marzo

David flew into Mendoza on a tourist-style jaunt today, was met at the airport by a lovely Tessa, and was so astonished at being kissed by this young lady that he neglected to take a photo.  It should be noted that David has been seriously involved with women who, nonetheless, would not kiss him at the airport.  Mendoza is not far to the east of Santiago, Chile.

Mendoza is much much smaller than Buenos Aires, but has hundreds of restaurants and a very nice town center.  All the streets have cobbled  irrigation ditches running on both sides to nourish the town's decorative plants and trees, and David suspects, to provide business to local orthopedic surgeons.

Two other interesting facts:  1) Mendoza keeps its pedestrians in peak condition by neglecting to provide most of its busiest intersections with traffic lights.  Or even stop signs.  And 2), there's a Harley meet  in town, bikes from Brazil, Chile and Argentina.  Maybe more.

 

domingo, 22-marzo

An all day tourist trek through the Andes.  At the back of a bouncy bus.  The spanish-speaking driver told bad jokes ("if you go to sleep, don't snore too loud.  Because if you snore too loud, you might wake me up") and challenged the passengers to childrens' games ("what does that mountain look like?  A woman's breast!") while the english translator, serving the last half of the small bus, tried gramefully to keep up.  At left, one brit, two dutch and one spanish frm the back of the bus.

Halfway through the trip, the bus climbed a long steep dirt road with switchbacks (the driver had everybody yell "Olé" when we successfully negotiated a turn without falling off the cliff.)  At the top was a warmly clothed "Cristo Redentor"  at the Argentinean/Chilean border.  It was cold at 12,500 feet.  An interesting note is that, while Jesus is assuring eternal peace between Argentina and Chile, they last approached war in 1978, and the train running through this pass is still inoperative.  Good mountains make good neighbors.

 

sabado, 28-marzo

David spent the last day in Mendoza (Monday), touring wineries.  Harvest had taken place the week before, but things seemed relatively relaxed as the juices bubbled away in the vats.

Back in Buenos Aires, David got ill, maybe some bad food in Mendoza. (The wine wasn't bad at all.}  So the rest of the week resting, close to the bathroom, watching Law & Order on TV.  They don't seem to show them in chronological order down here, so on one show the actors are young and slim, and on the next they're old and fat.  Sort of like a mirror.

 

5-Day Forecast    Buenos Aires
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75° F | 64° F
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73° F | 59° F
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