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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
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Monday, November 29, 2010
Mom said I could blog again.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
It was Four years ago this month, that my husband and I came to Buenos Aires on a vacation trip, to celebrate our anniversary.
Well, we are still in Buenos Aires, still married and still love the city and the people.
We miss some things less and some things more. We have no idea what people are talking about when they discuss US Television shows or HBO specials. We get them, but apparently years later. I have been watching House Hunters International, from 2006.
Pup is still happy here, we still speak Español muy mal but at least we try .. or so I say.
Sometimes, I give up trying, I will be doing my best and the sweet person waiting for me to get it all out, will ask me, if I need help, In English !!
The Parks are still our "back yards" and the place I go to soothe my ragged nerves when another siren or another car alarm might send me over the edge.
Back at home, I opened the bedroom window and a bird was singing so loudly, I wanted to record it .. to prove it was that loud and really a bird .. it was amazing.
Sometimes we wake around dawn and you can hear the doves cooing on the window ledges, puts me right back to sleep.
Other times I wake to cars and horns and people talking too loudly and that makes me want to run away to the Country . Any country as long as it is quiet.
I thought we were going to do more this weekend than we did ... this is a common theme around here.
But I am still getting over the longest sore throat in (my) history and a cough that makes people shy away, so we took it easy again. Pup loves it when we take it easy. Just his speed.
This week I have plans and thoughts about Chinatown, Palermo Soho, and Puerto Madero.
Friday, November 26, 2010
It is the day after Thanksgiving for those of us who come from or are in the United States.
Of course, what fun is sitting in traffic if you can't honk mindlessly for hours?
Thursday, November 25, 2010
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I will be sorry to see the Jacarandas lose their flowers, it has been amazing this year !
Joy the Baker
Sunday, November 21, 2010
In all her hot , slightly humid and glaring sunniness.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
I remember ( in the past) when hearing that, I would get so excited, start planning outings, meals, buy tickets , make plans!
They love Music here. They appreciate it, they encourage it and it is Everywhere !
We walk all the time here, all over all the neighborhoods.
A young man is on the bench in the park, with his guitar, ignoring everyone, plucking strings, suddenly he starts to play and sing, still ignoring everyone.
There are small bands , maybe 3 people, who will be playing instruments, you can drop money in the case, you can buy a CD, you can just keep walking and find yourself humming the tune for the rest of the day.
Most of the shops that you walk past, will have some sort of music playing, some loud enough that some people have been known to stop and just pretend to look in the window, until the song ends.
I don't know how many CD's I have bought because I heard the song in a store first.
There are often events in the city where the public is welcome to come and listen to music and watch dance for free. This is wonderful. Thanks to my friend Sandra at BATravelGuide I have marked the next big musical event in my calendar and definitely plan to be on 9 de Julio at the Obelisk Monday night!
Carmina Burana ! if the music weren't wonderful enough, there will be ballet to watch too !
And then the following Saturday, La Traviata with ballet.
There will be a stage built for the occasion and 8,000 seats for the audience..with giant screens to watch.
We saw Zubin Mehta conducting the Colon Orchestra a couple of months ago, wonderful .. and as far as you can see, people are quietly sitting, listening, enjoying. They love and appreciate music here ..
Another reason to love Buenos Aires.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
A Car and A Taxi
What happens when a bus changes lanes without warning ? pushing a car into a taxi and the car continues up the sidewalk and stops at the stairs to the front door of an apartment building.
Nothing too terrible.
Good news: No one was hurt, no ambulance was called..although I have a feeling the driver of that car is going to be feeling a bit stiff tonight and tomorrow.
Weird news : No police were called either. Everyone stopped, other buses came by, other taxi drivers came and everyone exchanged something that I am guessing was insurance information and whatever else they need here.
Not really news: I am never going to try to drive here. Ever.
There were actually very few books that we had not read or wanted to read but at least it was not crowded and we could enjoy just browsing through the racks of books , that we could actually read . You don't realize , when living in a land where English is not the first language, how much you miss it, until you are in a bookstore.
El Ateneo, a home turned book store/concert space with cafe .. absolutely fabulous!
There are always childrens book sections where the shelves are low, carpeted floors welcome little bodies to sit and look at the pictures, but they are in Spanish. I am worse off than the children , I can't sit on the floor and expect someone to read to me, I just walk around admiring the covers ! I can read Spanish, but it is too exhausting to try to read an entire novel ! Magazines tire me out.
So Kels is a treat.
We are considering the Kindle. We both have plenty of reasons why we don't want one but the one reason to get one is because we are both voracious readers. So that is being give some thought at this time.
Pup was happy to see us come home, back to the park we went.
The sky got dark and threatening, a chilly wind came along, we three scurried home.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
In the Japanese Gardens, there is a Cultural Center, a restaurant , a greenhouse with a nice collection of Bonsai trees and a gift shop.
You can cross the lake by the Divine Bridge, leading to the island where medicinal herbs are grown. The lake is surrounded by traditional plantings and there are carp ( very large Koi) in the lake. There is a Japanese Peace Bell and traditional stone lanterns. A Buddhist Temple is on the grounds and they often host traditional Japanese holidays and events. Kodo drummers and traditional dance are two things that are big favorites.
Everything is blooming .. it is quite beautiful. There is a greenhouse and there were many flowers for sales, plants and Bonsai trees. I always think I would like a Bonsai ..
If not a Bonsai, then perhaps an orchid ? or just a box of beautiful flowers .. choices ! so many choices !
Monday, November 15, 2010
Madonna del Piatto
She knows how to make pasta, believe me ! We eat plenty of pasta in this house and she has taught me things I never thought of trying .. I just wish I had better ingredients sometimes.
Somehow I bet if I were in Italy, I would make better pasta than I do now. But that might just be my imagination ..
So go look and see if you find something that you need to taste ... right away.
Tell me how you liked the blog and please tell me if you try a recipe !