S: Buenos Aires, Argentina
FC: Buenos Aires, | Argentina
1: I had the opportunity to take a trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina in May of 2009. I was there for nine days and participated in one of the studio classes. We left from Grand Rapids to Houston, and then from Houston to Buenos Aires.
2: Our flight was delayed a couple hours in Grand Rapids, and when we got to Houston they were holding the plane for us. So we had to run across the whole airport in order to get to our flight. This was my first flight and I was more excited than scared. I originally sat alone on one side of the aisle, but moved to sit next to Cassie Heuton. The guy who switched with me was mumbling the entire flight. From Houston to Buenos Aires they had to check us for swine flu upon arrival. We had to wear masks and have a thermal image taken of our face to see if we had any signs of sickness.
5: After arriving at the airport, we took a shuttle bus to our hotel. We stayed at Aspen Towers on Paraguay. The lobby was beautiful with the fountain along one wall, and opposite it was the view all the way to the top of the hotel with every floor visible. I shared a room with Adrianne McCluer. Cassie Heuton and Sam Skinner roomed above us. We got to unpack and unwind briefly before taking a bus tour of the entire city of Buenos Aires.
12: After our tour, we had a pre-paid dinner at La Rienda a couple of blocks from our hotel. It was amazing! Great wine and food, including the best empanadas I've ever had.
14: The next day we made our way to the Northwest side of Buenos Aires.We visited an ironsmith, the Museo Molina Campos de Areco, and El Ombu de Areco. At the ironsmith we got to see the way they made old gaucho equipment. The museum had paintings of old gauchos and the estancia served food raised on their farm. After eating we got to watch the horse games and ride horses, ourselves.
35: The next day we took a walk around the city to see Casa Rosada, Cafe Tortoni (the oldest cafe in Argentina), and Florida St. among other sites.
38: Tuesday, we walked to the Recoleta Cemetary and the Basilica Nuestra Senora del Pilar.
46: Thursday we went to Puerto Madero and got to see the Puente de la Mujeres by Santiago Calatrava and the Museo Fortabat.
50: Friday, we took a trip to La Boca, hitting up multiple museums and had lunch outside while watching tango dancers.