Subway shuts done in Buenos Aries as a result of salary disputes. I suppose we will not be using the subway when we stay over in BA at the end of the trip.
Photos from my vocation day blog “Transporte Publico”.
Photos show the bus station in Santa Rosa, and the amazing inner city buses!
Six observations regarding the driving habits in Argentina.
Two lanes roads only apply when there is a second car.
On ramps can also be used as exit ramps.
I am glad I cannot convert KM to Miles, I prefer not to know truly how fast we are going.
Argentinas are very polite always keeping eye contact, even while they are driving! They even continue eye contact till they get a response, doesn’t matter if your in the back seat.
Argentina drivers do not slow down for potholes, rather they keep the same speed and swerve around them entirely.
Lastly, Argentinas are very confident in their driving. Absolutely no hesitations at intersections.
One of the most amazing experiences we had in Bolivar is when we headed into the country to visit an original pulperia – essentially a General Store for gauchos back in the day with basic necessities, mail service and a bar. The quintessential gathering place for those who worked the campos.
The one we visited had been in operation since the 1880’s and our hosts were the descendants of the man who first opened it.
It’s a regional historical treasure and has been featured in magazines across Argentina.
What an amazing glimpse back in time.
I keep saying that I am ‘eating my way across Argentina’ because I am so excited to experience the tastes of this country and the role food plays in the culture.
I am writing more about my foodie thoughts on my personal blog http://idahofoodies.com/
This morning, I stopped in a supermarket to see the small differences. Because, while much is familiar and similar here – much is different 🙂
– Carne (meat) is truly king. The meat cases have different cuts of vaca (cow) than in the states. The dark sausages in the back will look familiar to Basques – morcilla (blood sausage) is popular here.
– Items that we usually have in bottles are in plastic bags here – like leche (milk) and mayonnaise. Speaking of which, mayo is big as a condiment.
– The coffee aisle is really the mate aisle for the favorite drink of Argentina – Yerba mate.
– Lunch and dinner always have wine. Your beverage choices are typically coca cola, a citrus soda or wine. When there is water it is ‘con o sin gas’ (with or without gas/soda). Oftentimes at the cafe or in homes you are offered the popular Argentine beer Quilmes
– We’ve also been offered the alcoholic apertif ‘Frenet’ – usually mixed with soda water or coca cola. It doesn’t taste very pleasant but its supposed to help with digestion.
A glimpse into one of our presentations – front and center at the Trenque Lauquen Rotary meeting.
Lots of socializing with our hosts (and explaining why they are getting pins featuring potatoes :-), the our 30 minute presentation about our individual lives, jobs and families along with information on life in Idaho. In Spanish. And we also sing. I won’t be including that 🙂
After dinner and the presentation we have a mini-ceremony where we exchange banners from our Rotary clubs. It is so cool to see all the banners hanging from all over the world.
Two presentations down. Five or six to go!