Well, it is time to resume the travels through South America (February 4, 2007). As most of you know, Sandy had health problems in Montevideo, Uruguay in June of 2006, so we headed home to rest. Her health improved over the 6 months at home, but sadly, during the last two weeks at home, she had a little downturn. Our flight to Buenos Aires was booked on the 4th of February, but on the 1st of February Sandy's doctor thought that another few weeks to possibly a month would help assure the stabilization of her medications. She was looking so much to continuing, but things do change.
So I am alone for a while. I had to come down and remove the motorcycle from Argentina prior to the 15th of February, per the permit for the motorcycle. I never realized how helpful Sandy was when we were traveling together. She could watch our gear if I needed to visit a restroom. She would hop off the bike to make room reservations, or do the paper work at border crossings while I guarded the BMW. Now things I took for granted seem like huge efforts. Plus it is MUCH more fun to share the joys and sights of the travels. So I cross my fingers that her health improves and she rejoins the adventure.
So I board the airplane in Los Angeles for the long flight to Buenos Aires, which included a fuel stop in Lima, Peru, then another short stop in Santiago, Chile prior to arriving in Argentina 14 hours later. So as the sun sets, as we fly near Nicaragua, I see what I hope is my lucky star (lucky star in top right corner of photo).
The flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires crosses the Andes, which I have fallen in love with, having crossed them many many times! Even in an airplane, traveling at 500 mph, the Andes seem large and desolate! This picture is very near where the Uruguayan soccer team crashed in 1973, which was documented in the book and movie titled "Alive". As I look down my heart goes out to those on that flight. This picture is during the summer. How tough it must have been during the winter.
I knew it would be tough traveling without Sandy, but sometimes it seems that things seem destine to happen. During our prior adventures we have been VERY fortunate to be on the receiving end of support from all over the world from our family web site, and the web site "Adventure Rider". When we were in Buenos Aires an "Adventure Rider" from London sent us emails and suggestions for things to do in Argentina. Sandy and I found restaurants which "Charlie B" suggested, and really appreciated the input. Charlie owns BMW's in London and Mendoza, Argentina. Charlie is a lucky guy and married Sonia, a beautiful lady from Argentina. My luck was finally being able to meet them in Buenos Aires for dinner. In California, when you meet friends for dinner, you may spend 3 to 4 hours together. Charlie and Sonia instantly felt like "best friends" and dinner lasted 8 hours (from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am). And I owe them a huge thanks, for it helped me missing Sandy, by having friends in a foreign city. I hope they enjoyed the evening as much as I did.
Note to Sandy: Get better fast. In honor of you, Chris, Susan and I had dinner at your favorite restaurant (Kansas, overlooking the race track), and we DID talk about you.
Now, for a few "Then and Now's...................
The picture below was taken from a book printed in 1916 by Father J.A. Zahm. The picture was taken when Father Zahm joined Teddy Roosevelt on his famous expedition to the Amazon basin. Due to health reasons, Father Zahm did not complete the entire expedition, as he was holding up the progress of the expedition.
As you can see, the cars are more modern and the dress is a little less formal.
And a few new buildings were built during the last 90 years!
The next picture is also of the "Cathedral of Buenos Aires". The picture is from a book printed in 1948, called "Roving South", by Willard Price. In order to take the picture, from the 2nd floor of a museum, I had to make arrangements and write a letter requesting permission to obtain access to the museums balcony.
The trees have matured, but the view has not changed much, except for a few more additional buildings in the background!
That was it for the "Cathedral of Buenos Aires".
The next subject of 3 book scans was the Congress Building in Buenos Aires.
Here are two more pictures of the same building, from different books.
The next picture was also from Tschiffely's book printed in 1928.
The main building in the old photo is now dwarfed in the new photo.
Note: you can see the old crane in the lower right corner of the old picture, but I could not get the same angle as the new building is not nearly as high as the old building.
Now, just a few pictures around the city of Buenos Aires, which is a great city, which I will be leaving next Tuesday (on February 13, 2007)
That's it through the 9th of February, 2007.
My days in Buenos Aires are nearing an end. I have to get out and enjoy it!
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