It is the 7th of June, and we are still in Buenos Aires. We have made plans to fly home on the 23rd of June. The bad news is we are not returning to South America this year. We were planning on a brief visit at home and then return to tour Brazil, then return home for Christmas. We now believe that that does not leave enough time to see Brazil, the way we want to.
So we are now returning to Argentina in January, then take as much time during 2007 to see Uruguay, Brazil and Venezuela as we need. So the good news is we will be able to spend MORE time down here than originally planned.
The other good side to this decision is that we will be able to spend more time with the family. I am also missing riding with friends. Planning to ride the KTM rally in Elko, the "Big Dog" ride in Colorado and the Elsinore Grand Prix.
We are ready to leave, but you can only leave the bike in Argentina for 8 months, so, in order to abide with the laws of Argentina, we will travel to Uruguay for a few day, then return to Argentina. That will allow us to leave the BMW in Argentina until January 2007.
So, as we wait to travel to Uruguay, here are a few pictures of the last month.
We have also been posting pictures on another website (WWW.ADVRider.com). From that site people have sent us pictures. Our task has been to find the location and take a more current photo. This picture is from "GatorTiger" from Atlanta, Georgia. I believe the photo is about 20 years old.
We found the location, but due to traffic, there was no way to stand in the exact same spot. We waited for 20 minutes for a break in traffic. It was not going to happen, but it was still fun to find the spot.
The zoo was very impressive for being located in the middle of a city.
Ministry of War Building and the monument of Christopher Columbus.
The building was built in 1943, and was photographed in the 1948 book, "Fireside Travels in South America" by James Fitzpatrick.
Some restoration taking place. The angle is not exact, but both the building and statue are visible.
The tress have grown and now block the view from the spot where the original photo was taken.
This photo was taken from a tower which used to be called "Torre de los Ingleses" (The British Tower).
The name was changed to “Torre Monumental” (Monumental Tower) after the Falklands war in 1982, but people still refer to it as the Torre de los Ingleses.
A typical building, when walking around an older part of Buenos Aires.
The "Rosada Casa", the "White House" of Argentina.
A beautiful building across the street from the Rosada Casa.....
On the 21st of May, we play "Mole People", and spend the entire day underground. The subways have ceramic art in many of the stations. There are five major subway lines. It took us all day to cover 2 of the lines. Sundays is the only day you can take pictures of the murals, as during the rest of the week there are too many people at the stations to take pictures.
Many of the examples are related to the music of Buenos Aires.
This mural represents one of the most famous musicians of Argentina, Astor Pizzolla (1921-1992)
A tribute to Carlos Gardel, another historic figure in Argentine music.
Sandy, contemplating "Why?" she is spending a day "Underground"!
View from the train.
Some have said the subways are dangerous. The subways seemed safe to us.
Maybe the criminals take Sundays off!
As I have stated before, I have started to get stir crazy living in the city. It has been cold, the leaves are changing, and I need to get out of town. On the 28th of May, we head west to the small village of San Antonio de Areco, which is bidding for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. It is the unofficial gaucho capital of Argentina. San Antonio de Areco is located about 100 miles from Buenos Aires.
Instead of heading back to Buenos Aires, we decide to spend a night at a "Estancia" (ranch). The first ranch we rode to was closed. But I loved the ride, because I was, again, riding dirt roads. We finally find another Estancia named "Estancia El Ombu de Areco". We were told it was $220.00 (US) per night. I little on the steep side. Stay here or head back to Buenos Aires? It took 1/4 second to make the decision. I needed a break from the City.
This was our greeter.
Five minutes after finishing lunch (and 1 bottle and 2 glasses of wine), we are asked if we want to go riding?
I ask..."What, you have dirt bikes here?
I then receive that "What are you thinking look?"
We are then informed that they have horses.
I said sure, and off we go...... Until I stand up and realized that I may have answered the question to quickly.
I am now thinking is it safe to "Drink and Ride".......
I was loaded on the horse (I don't remember getting on). Sandy is grinning at my swaying.
Sandy though may "circumstances" were funny. She is laughing at me, not with me!
Short refueling stop.
Sandy, continuing to laugh at my instability.
On Monday, the 29th of May we get up and walk the ranch. The guys in the background do not know how much I have been enjoying their relatives at the dinner table. I have fallen in love with "Pepper Steaks". We have been eating way to well!
Hate to head back to the city, but it is time to leave.
That's it through the end of May, 2006.
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