25.01.2009 33 °C
So was our love affair to be a one night stand, waking up with that feeling of regret and that desire to just get out of there? Or would we enjoy a second date?
We headed for Palmero, a barrio of districts with infamous names that included Soho and Hollywood, could it live up to it's more well known cousins? Palermo Soho did. This is where we would live, if ever we were to have a more permanent relationship with BA. A cool, chic, trendy neighbourhood bulging with cafes and boutiques selling goods of all descriptions that oozed pure, elegant understatement. A few hours were passed sipping our iced drinks watching the world go by.....heaven! (even without my customary Sunday Times).
We were stirred from our daze by what would become a common sight during our stay, dog walkers. These are dog walkers with a difference, walkers with about 10 dogs of various shapes and sizes, strutting down the avenues with purpose (the walker to get the job done, the dogs to ensure they got to that lamppost first!). Apparently, if you own a dog and don't have a professional walker you are nobody. A sponsorship opportunity for that well known dog food is on the cards (incidently I have seen it in stores over here!).
Inspired into action we made our way through 'hollywood' which has no resemblance to the better known version which is a good thing and ended up outside the botanical gardens. You see, palmero is a real mix of urban cool and green open spaces.
We entered in the botanical gardens and as gardens go it was okay, worth a visit but nothing to write to Percy Thrower about (a chap off a very famous childrens program called Blue Peter who looked after it's garden). But whoever designed this garden must have inspired the likes of IKEA, because once your in, it was near impossible to find the exit! (in fact we didn't and had to retrace our steps to the entrance).
Finally we made our way out, and obviously undaunted by this experience and wanting more of the 'green' fix we headed off to the Japanese Gardens. These are worth seeing if only for the mamouth Carp that swim whale like through the large ponds that are the centre piece of this attraction. We recommend that you buy some fish food and throw it into the water, those whale like fish soon change to man eating piraña.....it's an incredible sight!
After another long day of exploring we headed back to Rooneys for a quick freshen up before hitting the road again for dinner. By Monday evening the pertińos have awoken from their sunday slumber and are ready for the next 6 days of eating, drinking and dancing. We headed to what would turn out to be a gastronomical delight, a meal that Maria and her sister will be able to talk about, on that single subject, for hours (along with visual aids as we have many photos!). It was beef, which still stole the show but it was close. We had in total around 10 accompanying side dishes, a full range of vegatables in various guisges, to sauces which I will let maria describe later. Thankfully we had decided to share this main meal, otherwise we'd still be there now trying to complete it!
This time we hailed down a taxi, we could not walk an inch.
The second date with Buenos Aires had gone well, it was looking promising :-)
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