11 days of fun!!

So it’s been over a week since my parents and my sister came… and I’m still exhausted!!

Somehow we managed to pack everything in to a short amount of time, I’ll do my best to give you a run down of their time here!

I picked them up at the airport on Friday morning, shortly after my last blog post. I was very confused but somehow managed to find them (I got off the transport at the wrong terminal, it was a mess). We got a taxi back… which was forever and a year long, but then we made it to their apartment! It was a cute little place very close to me:

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While everyone else rested, I headed off to my internship for a bit:

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For dinner we went to Scuzi’s.. a place a couple blocks away. We had milanesa and tortilla de papas and all kinds of tasty things with a bottle of wine from the Lopez Bodega y they gave us champagne at the end!

Saturday morning we headed out to Plaza Francia to shop the market. At one point we may have crashed a funeral in the nearby church (no one else could understand what they were saying, but let me tell you, it was depressing):

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We stopped at La Biela, one of the oldest cafes in Recoleta, for lunch/brunch/caffeination (the tree is supported by concrete pillars!):

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Then we visited the Recoleta cemetery and I successfully found Evita’s tomb all on my own:

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We explored for a while:

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Mom was really overwhelmed by all the dead people, and the cats:

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Outside the cemetery:

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Sarah decides on her purchase:

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Then that night we went and saw the Ballet at Teatro Colon!:

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(that jacket is really nice Julia)

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And for dinner we had incredible steaks at Edelweis and the waiter befriended me and it was great.

Sunday we headed out to San Telmo to shop as well. We ate some mani and saw some tango:

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I spotted a Papa Francisco fan that was incredible that Sarah bought for Courtney and I made some man’s day when I said that yes, my mother did in fact want to buy that many of his little purses:

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For lunch we went to the Pride Cafe which was very good, and two IFSA people happened to be eating there too, so my family got to meet them. Then we went on a tour of these underground tunnels in San Telmo which was super cool too! (click here if you want to learn more about them: http://www.elzanjon.com.ar/ ) And for dinner we ate with my host mom at Almacen de Pizzas… she’s a hoot. We followed it up with a stop at Perssico, just for you Fede!:

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Monday we headed out for our day of history, first stop, my internship where I gave them a tour and they got to meet all of the wonderful people that I work with!:

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Then we followed it up with Ex-ESMA (the ex concentration camp) after lunch of pasta and milanesa and other tasty things at los Platitos right across from my internship.

Then we headed back and stopped at Swami for submarinos (hot milk that you get to put a bar of chocolate in) and Alfajores!:

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We made beef stroganoff  for dinner in the apartment and Sarah and I bought snacks in a Kiosco for dessert!

Tuesday we walked out to the Bella Arts Museum, which has an incredible view from the roof:

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Then a tasty lunch at Rodi Bar in Recoleta where Mom had her tongue (ew):

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And Sarah found her one true love… the Lomo Completo sandwich:

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(I’m not sure if she’s ever given me that genuine of a smile…)

Then we hit up the Buenos Aires Library… which proved to be much more difficult then we originally thought. They needed our passports to put us in the system first. And then we got these receipt things and couldn’t actually see any books because they are all in like a depository. It was confusing. Afterwards we went to the Museum of Decorative Arts, which was actually just this mansion with all this impressive stuff in it and it was beautiful, with all kinds of carved wood, and it was free!

Then for dinner we went to la Fabrica de Tacos with Sammy! Lots of good tacos and beer. Then we hit up a cafe right near their apartment for some tasty desserts.

Wednesday we got out of the apartment early to make it to Palacio de los Aguas Corrientes, it’s a “palace” that used to be their main water source. It was incredibly interesting. The reason that it appears as it does on the outside is because when it was first created there were severe problems with sickness and yellow fever, and it was a monument to the power they now had with the clean water:

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While standing outside trying to take pictures of the building, an elderly man came up to Sarah and tried to talk to her. When I asked him what he needed, he asked me if I knew what the building was and when I replied that yes I did and that I had just had a tour he was very very excited. He then grabbed my face in his hand and besoed me on the cheek and off he went. Ha.

Then we headed back towards Palermo and stopped at a cafe called Delicity for lunch, quite tasty! And the fam got their first real maicena alfajores. Then we went to MALBA and Dad liked the benches like I thought he would!:

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Then for dinner Sarah and I went to Romario’s and brought some pizza back (Sorry Fede, we didn’t get it on the stone):

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And while going for the pizza, Sarah and I stopped at a sweet shop and picked up some tasty baked goods.

Thursday morning I brought fresh bread and a dulce de leche Starbucks latte over for breakfast and Mom and I sorted out the tickets and getting money for our trip.  Then we went to the Evita Museo and then took the subte and made it to Plaza de Mayo just in time to see the Madres:

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There were actually having a big celebration and it was awesome!

And then la Catedral:

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Then we stopped for empanadas and dessert and then we were off to Palacio Barolo.

At first I wasn’t to sure about this place… but it got interesting, really quickly. The palace is dedicated to Dante’s Inferno and the owner wanted to put Dante’s ashes there.

It’s at Av de Mayo 1300, there are three sections of the building heaven, hell and purgatory. We took the elevator up to the 14th floor and then we took a bunch of flights up by foot, the staircase getting smaller and smaller. Until we got on to a sort of circular landing with balconies and the man said “welcome to heaven” and let us go out and take pictures and it was absolutely amazing:

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Then we actually climbed more staircases up to the very top into the lighthouse and it was soo so amazing.

Then for dinner we got all dressed up for the Evita Museo, so tasty. And then ice cream at my favorite place, right across from my friend Sammy’s place.

Then Friday morning we got them all moved out of their apartment, had a quick lunch at Domani’s and then got a taxi to the airport and flew to Iguazu!

We got transportation to the hotel, had dinner there which was super tasty and then hit the hay!

Then we spent all Saturday at the falls… and due to our luck, it was POURING. Which is the reason for the hazmat suits. Still incredible, sorry there are so many pictures I couldn’t choose:

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This is la garganta del diablo or the devil’s throat!

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THE PHOTOS WITH US IN THEM ARE JUST TOO FUNNY. AHAHA.

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Mom really liked these birds:

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More falls photos:

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See that tiny little boat in the picture above? Yeah we road that. Underneath the falls. On both sides. Twice. Sarah and I loved it. Mom stopped breathing.

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Clearly we had a fab time. Dad really liked the part after the boat when we had a tour of the Jungle. Then we ate, while SOAKING wet (since it was pouring and we decided to take a boat under a waterfall) and then headed back to our hotel! We tried to dry out, not too sucessfully, had dinner and packed for our trip home.
We got picked up for the airport at 6 am and were boarded by 8.

I forever want to fly Aerolineas Argentina because they give you these adorable boxes of really tasty food even when you only have a two hour flight:

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Back in BsAs by 10 am, we got them all checked into the Alpino hotel and headed to brunch at a cafe on Santa Fe and then off to Casa Rosada for a tour!:

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This is Sarah and I on the balcony where Juan and Evita Peron gave their famous speeches!:

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Then back to Plaza Francia to make some final purchases:

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Then we went to the grocery store and bought so many boxes of Alfajores for everyone to bring home I think the cashier thought I was crazy.

For dinner we went to Don Julio’s and had incredibleeee steak. And once we had finished the bottle of wine he had us sign it and he put it up on this shelf with all these other bottles!:

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And then he insisted on taking our photo (I know I look stupid, don’t ask me what I’m trying to do):

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Then we headed to my favorite ice cream place to have ice cream with Sammy and Alison.

Monday morning everyone got packed up and we checked out and then wandered around the mall for a bit. Sarah bought a neck pillow for the plane and I finally gave in and bought myself a maté cup:

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Then we had a very very tasty lunch at Dandy’s, just down the street from me. Then we had a terrifying ride to the airport in a Remis with the worst driver on Earth. But we got there and they got all checked in and so on and I took a taxi home. The taxi driver was nice and I helped him with his English.

Everyone is safely home and I haven’t done much since except sleep and catch up on homework and classes since I clearly didn’t have any time for any of that while they were here!

But on Saturday I did go to my internship for the opening of a new gallery. It was incredibly interesting and I introduced to one of the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo! And then we all were photographed together as a staff (most of) with the madres and the creators of the exhibit:

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And it was the first time I had seen the monument at night! Incredible sight:

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Now it’s back to papers, sleep, homework, and netflix of course. Only 23 days left, there’s so much to do!

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