This was planned to be a trip to sample the wines of Argentina and Chile at the source, so far it’s been coffee and the beer. People call Buenos Aires the Paris of South America I disagree, it is the Rome of South America. The pizza is great, the food great and the beer fantastic.
It took another visit to Movistar to resolve my cell phone issues. If you get a prepaid SIM here, Movistar does not sell minutes and no place we went had cards. Unlike Panama everyone here does online recharging, once we asked the right question, can you recharge a Movistar prepaid phone we had the right answer, yes. The costs are also interesting a phone call is $2.90 a minute, about $0.60, but if you charge up 50 pesos or more they double your credit. Also if you call another Movistar number the cost is half again, down to about .75 pesos or $.15 a minute. Unlimited Internet for my Iphone is one peso a day, about twenty cents, go figure.
After I finished writing yesterday, we hit the streets again, Deborah has her list, all the things she wants to see in Buenos Aires, Mayra just a smile and Dan and I a mission to taste beer, lots of rich, flavorful beer. We have not yet a had a beer that is not superior to anything brewed in Panama.
On day two we started taking the Subway (subtle), 2 pesos, to the Palermo district and visited to Botanical Gardens and Zoo. The Botanical Gardens is also a cat sanctuary, we talked to one of the cat feeders at work.
At the zoo I made several new friends and had a discussion in Spanish with a llama, he appeared to understand my Panamanian jargon. I have had no language issues here.
The zoo pathways are littered with animals that have all become beggars at the animal food stands. This couple caught a picture of a stray Capybara while a duck watched and I caught a picture of them capturing the picture.
A peacock blocked me from making a food purchase, probably a good thing in a zoo.
We then ate lunch in a Pizza place called San Martin on the corner of Santa Fe and San Martin. The prices were more or less equal to the Panamonte or the Rock in Boquete, except for the surprise Cubierto Mayor, charge of 9 pesos a person for a table full of things we did not order.
I asked the waiter, he smiled and said it is really a fee for the table; the food was excellent. One more slight of the hand here is there is no free water. The water costs more than the beer, so back to beer we go.
Nicholas, if you are reading this, the raviolis below were bathed in a cheese sauce laden with mushrooms and Parma ham. If Spaghetti Carbonara is a heart attack on a plate, this is a double bypass, and it was beyond excellent.
If this was not sufficently toxic the Antipasto made no claim to reduce your cholesterol level.
Tonight we are hunting for a Tango show, Mayra wants to dance!