Río de la Plata

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  • Day2

    In guter Gesellschaft

    November 8, 2018 ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Phuuu 14 Stunden in einem Flugzeug zu sein ist dann doch ziemlich lang und irgendwann weiss man einfach nicht mehr wie man sitzliegen sollte. Leider hatten Dani und ich getrennte Sitzplätze aber immerhin in der Nähe, so konnten wir uns ab und zu besuchen und die Beine vertreten. Ansonsten war der Flug einwandfrei und wir haben die Bratwurst an Zwiebelsauce mit Rösti sehr genossen.
    Von Buenos Aires gehen wir mit dem Taxi zum Hafen, wo das Schiff uns dann in zwei Stunden nach Colonia del Sacramento bringt, dann steht noch eine zweistündige Busfahrt auf dem Program und schon bald haben wir's geschafft.
    Mit uns auf dem Flug war das bekannte Yello Mitglied Dieter Meier, beim Anstehen am Zoll sind wir Lauri, dem Sänger von The Rasmus begegnet und mit uns auf dem Boot ist die deutsche U-17 Frauennationalmannschaft, welche auf dem Weg ist zur U-17 Fussball WM in Uruguay.. spannend wer alles noch so unterwegs ist:-)
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  • Day18

    Tango with an Irishman in Argentina

    November 10, 2017 ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Our first Tango lesson in BA was a huge success....until we had to put it all together at the end of the class (in front of the class). Too much pressure!

    Lucía and Gerry were wonderful teachers. Lucía is from Argentina and Gerry is from Ireland. We will forever hear their voices in our heads saying, “Relax, enjoy”. Still working on that! Wendy came with us and picked up the steps quickly. Our classroom was a studio on the second floor of an old building in the San Telmo area. Floor to ceiling French doors opened to a Juliet balcony. With the chandelier and the highly polished floor, it looked like a movie set from the 30’s.

    After a 90 min. lesson, it was off to the milanga, a tango dance club. Did I mention that our class started at 8:00 p.m.? We arrived at the club around 10:00 ( my usual bedtime). Even on a weekday evening the floor was packed. The dress code seemed very broad; not many of the women had “tango dresses”. But the shoes! Not a bad pair to be seen. As Wendy said, a shoe lover’s heaven. Gerry gallantly danced with all 5 women from the class and Lucía got most of the men on the floor. There was a second, small floor which Brian and I used to practice.

    The highlight of the evening was the tango demonstration. Beautiful, intricate foot work in 3 very different versions of tango. The live band was scheduled to BEGIN at 12:30 but we made excuses and got back to the hotel at 1:15. Really fun! We are looking forward to our next lesson on Sat. evening.

    This morning, we dragged ourselves out of bed and Wendy and I went to the Palermo region for cooking class. Palermo is an increasingly desirable neighbourhood. Heavily treed along narrower streets; it reminded me of the Bloor West area in Toronto. Fernando and Veronica welcomed us into their apartment for 4 hours of cooking, wine and conversation. Fernando, the chef walked us through making bread, chorizo sausages, salsa rosa, chimchuri and a wonderful Argentine shortbread sandwich cookie with a con leche filling. All outstanding. We brought home cookies for everyone.

    We also learned about mate, the green herbal tea that is part of Argentine culture. It is grown only in the extreme northeast. It is a morning and afternoon beverage, drunk very hot and filtered through a special straw. The traditional cup is made out of a small butternut gourd.

    Brian went with the rest of the gang to the cemetery to see the grave of Evita. Acres of tombs and mausoleums challenged our map reading skills and we only saw about 10% of the grounds in an hour and a half of wandering.

    BA has impressed us all with it’s progressive approach to celiac disease. One of our group has made us very aware of the challenges this disease presents. In Argentina, however, restaurants are required to have at least one item on their menu that is guaranteed to be gluten free. Also, all restaurants and food producers must clearly identify all gluten free items with the symbol TACC. No symbol, no eating for our friend. Fernando gave us some tips for substitutes for flour in a variety of recipes so Wendy and I are planning a post-trip dinner for the group.

    After a lengthy nap, we are off for a steak dinner. Tomorrow we move to the ship.
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  • Day19

    Auslaufen Punta de Este

    December 15, 2016 ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    19:50h:
    Die Sonnenuntergänge auf See werde ich vermissen.

    Morgen früh werden wir in Buenos Aires sein und ich werde es erst mal gemächlich angehen lassen. Ich werde Geld tauschen (Salamitaktik: Erst 60 EURO, dann 120 EURO als Höchstsumme). Das hilft, damit die Bank zu Hause nicht panisch das Konto sperrt, nur weil ich in einem südamerikanischen Land Geld abhebe. Kein Witz: Das kann passieren, vor allem wenn du täglich den Höchstbetrag abhebst. Dann werde ich mir ein nettes Restaurant suchen, was WIFI hat und mir das Treiben bei einem guten Bier anschauen.Read more

  • Day32

    Passports - yeah

    March 2, 2018 ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    A message from the Australian Embassy advised us that emergency passports were ready and so time to get moving. Booked the bus to Puerto Iguazu, saw the Paraguay Embassy - who advised seeing their consulate in Puerto Iguazu to get visas reissued.Read more

  • Dec8

    Enroute Montevideo to Puerto Madryn

    December 8, 2019 ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Viking Jupiter. Day at Sea.

    A “sleep in” day, had breakfast and then a walk on the promenade on Deck 2. Very windy especially at the bow on the port side. Don decided he would go up to the 8th deck to see how it was up there, but it was far too windy, and they had all the furniture tied down.

    At 11:00 we went to the lecture about the tours to Puerto Madryn for tomorrow. We learned that the tour we had booked for tomorrow to see Magellan penguins, was 8 hours long and that 5 of those hours would be on a bus on gravel roads and very bumpy, with no toilettes on board. The penguins are named after Ferdinand Magellan who originally founded this area. There were supposed to be over 1000 with new chicks, however we decided to cancel. We booked instead a 5-hour tour out in the country to a Welsh town called Gaiman to have a Welsh Tea and then a tour of Puerto Madryn on the way back. We decided to go for lunch to the bar/restaurant, “Aquavit”, at the rear of the ship on Deck 7. It was a lovely sunny day and they were serving Caesar salad with shrimp and salmon, with a delicious barbeque and the deck was packed. We ended up eating inside the sliding glass door as there were no tables available outside. We sat with a couple from Washington DC. And had a lovely chat.

    After lunch we spent some time out on the pool deck and then at 6:30pm we went to a lecture about “The Sun “which was very confusing even though the lecturer tried to simplify it for us. It was all about the atoms in the sun and how it produces Earth’s lifegiving energy.

    For dinner we met up with Gordon and Vicky in The Restaurant and had another lovely dinner. With glasses of wine in hand plus a plate of cheese that Lee assembled from our dessert, we headed for the evening entertainment at 9:15 by a “classical cross-over pianist”, Reuel, who played his arrangements of popular songs from Adele, Frank Sinatra, Bon Jovi and many more. Partway through the performance he played a rather romantic tune and suggested that we reach out and touch the leg of our loved one sitting next to us, which Don did…… and promptly stuck his finger into the plate of cheese in Lee’s lap. We sure had a laugh over that.

    Since we didn’t have to get up so early the next morning, we decided to go to the late-night bar called Torshavn to see what it was like. A very cozy room with a small dance floor. When we arrived, there was a girl rather quietly singing folk music. Then at 10:00 the Viking band and Resident vocalists Judith and Arvin took over. They played some popular tunes and then they livened it up to play 60’and 70’s music. Great dancing and then back to some slower tunes. We left around 11:30 and by then there was just one other couple there.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Río de la Plata, Rio de la Plata, Plata, Plata River, Plate, River Plate

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