Adiós la Argentina…
We had booked 5 nights at our “home” in Buenos Aires to do some admin (washing, shopping, planning the next few weeks etc) and to enjoy a few of our favourite things for one last time.
Unfortunately our arrival into BA didn’t go quite according to plan! Whilst the plane was a bit late leaving Bariloche due to late arrival of the aircraft, we landed fairly close to the scheduled time of 6pm. This meant we were feeling comfortable that we’d make it to the apartment around 7pm as arranged so that we could pick up the keys. Having spent 4 weeks there before, we didn’t need any instructions, so figured we’d soon be settled and even be able to do a load of washing before bed.
What we hadn’t predicted was the havoc that the big black cloud hovering overhead was going to cause. Thankfully, we got ourselves off the plane, on the bus and into the terminal before they shut down the airport. People and bags stuck on planes and no movement on the tarmac. We stood at the luggage carousel with no idea when our suitcases would be delivered.
After waiting more than an hour and exchanging whatsapp messages with our apartment contact, we were still none the wiser as to when we would be able to head off. By this stage the 7pm meeting time was long gone and the building manager that was set to give us the keys was to head home at 8pm. The only solution was for Glenda to hop in a taxi, leaving Walter to wait for bags. Rather bizarre leaving the airport with handbag only! Thankfully, traffic was ok in spite of the light show and flooding streets and Glenda arrived at 8.02pm! Good thing we made the call as it was almost 9:30pm by the time Walter joined her.
Revisiting old haunts..and discovering some new ones
We received a fabulous welcome from our friends at Serendipity, the coffee shop down the road when we went for breakfast the next morning. We enjoyed the best cup of coffee that we’d had for more than 2 weeks!
We did venture out and try a new coffee shop for breakfast one of the days – although that was largely because our local is closed on a Saturday. It was big and a lot more impersonal, but we did love the quirky design and it even had a barista school upstairs.
We returned to Cabernet restaurant and were certainly not disappointed -the ambience, service and food were as good if not better than we’d had before. We even selected a bottle of wine from the little family owned winery we’d visited in Mendoza.
The rest of our dinners were to be steak, steak and more steak….so we took a walk to the supermarket a couple of kms away to stock up. We are almost getting tired of beef!
Whilst we had done lots of mileage whilst in Mendoza and Bariloche, it was all walking, so we were glad to get some running in. The lawns at the Rosedal and other Palermo parks were so much greener than the were when we left, so we guessed there must’ve been lots of rain.
The best thing about our current lifestyle is the opportunity to meet new people and build deep relationships in a short space of time, thus also developing a more in depth understanding of different cultures. The worst thing is having to say goodbye. It was hard to farewell our new friends at Serendipity – but Daniel, I’m sure we’ll see you in Australia one day!
Adios la Argentina – Nuestras oraciones están con usted!! (our prayers are with you!!)