Before I head to Uruguay, I have a few more pictures to post.
On the 9th of February, 2007, I head out to find a home where Che parents once
|The book, from 1948, states that Che's parents lived
here, and this is Che resting on the balcony. The problem is the
book gave a street name which does not exist.
After a lot of research,
the street name was misspelled, and I was able to find the neighborhood.
|This is the exact location of their home, but the
building was tore down in 1975, and this 32 year old building is
now in it's place.
Originally I thought that maybe the iron work was
I hung around the front door for nearly one hour to try and gain
entry into the building.
|Finally, this lady came out of the build and immediately
confirmed that Che did live in the building that use to be on this site.
Views from my apartment in Buenos Aires.
|The 10th was a day for just walking around Buenos Aires
and enjoying the sights of the city.
This is the church steeple which
we have visited many times.
|The ornament on top of a grave site in Recoleta
|On Sunday, the 11th, I picked the motorcycle up from
This is a gentleman from Germany, which is riding around
the world on a airhead BMW.
I am turning 59 years old and wonder if I am getting a little to old
for this kind of travel.
When I found out that this gentleman is 67, I decided to stop my
|After picking the bike up, I visited Dan and Teresa from
the United States.
Dan is in Argentina as the Naval Attaché, at the US
I showed up on their doorstep at 11:00 am and enjoyed their company
so much that I did not get back to the apartment until 11:00 pm.
Very nice people. We had much in common. Dan is thinking
about riding again, and we are both pilots.
Hope to visit them again, when Sandy arrives!
( I owe Teresa "Big Time"... she gave me a jar of peanut butter and a
freshly baked loaf of banana bread).
||On Monday, I take the train out to see Javier at Dakar Moto, to pay
Note to other riders: Javier and Sandra and the best of
people and VERY fair with repairs.
I had 2 tires and the steering head bearing replaced.
I feel very comfortable using the trains, subways and taxi's of
Buenos Aires. It is a easy city to get around in without your own
||Sandy emailed me that the news in Los Angeles had a news story that
newborn White Bengal Tigers where now on display at the Zoo in Buenos
I guess these things are rare!
||She had two striped kittens and one all white baby!
||This is one way to drink from a fountain!
||She would put her trunk into the flowing fountain for about 30
You could here the water splashing inside the trunk.
Then she would insert the trunk into her mouth and drink the 3 to 5
||I am sure it was a little warm for this guy!
||The 12 to 1 zoom has come in handy.
My last "Then and Now" for Buenos Aires is the Ambassadors Home.
The following picture is from the book, Fireside Travels, dated 1948. The
Now picture is not taken from the exact same spot. As soon as I stepped
into the intersection to take the photograph, I had 3 policemen from inside the
compound start yelling and screaming. In order to avoid being shot, I
immediately put the camera down and retreated from the area. Hey, I got
within 40 feet of the exact spot that the original was taken from. I had
the triangulation right, but not the distance! Note the new builds in the
|As this was my last night in Buenos Aires for a while, I
went to my favorite restaurant within walking distance of the apartment.
Had two glasses of wine, and then went back to the apartment to sleep it
Well, it is the 13th of February, and time to head to Uruguay
(the motorcycle had to be out of the Argentina by the 15th).
Even the road between cities is beautiful and relaxing. I
find myself riding with a smile, realizing how fortunate I am to be able to
experience South America, in such a slow and relaxed pace. No rush to get
anywhere. This may sound corny, but I do not "take for granted" even one
mile of this adventure.
From Colonia, east to Montevideo is a ride of only 125 miles.
And I return to the city where Sandy had her heart problems last year. I
still have my fingers crossed that she can join me soon. Typical street of
Montevideo's old city center.
And typical monuments which are centered in the boulevards of
I see cars like this and wonder which has the largest
The car or my motorcycle?
It is now the 14th, and it is Valentines Day, so my day started
by calling Sandy and wishing her a Happy Valentines Day. Not sure she
appreciated it, as I was so excited about calling her, and I waited until noon
here in Montevideo. But it was only 6:00 am in California. Sorry
Today is a "Then and Now" day in Montevideo, Uruguay. I
love the entire process. The history, the search, the flash backs to the
books, the contacts with the citizens of a foreign country........ the entire
process I find extremely entertaining.
|In order to take the first "Then and Now", I knew I had
to gain access to the tallest building, on the left side of this
I stood by the front door for about 15 minutes, looking like
I lost my dog.
Finally somebody came to the front door.
I explained my intent, and pretty soon the lady called the
superintendent of the building (a lady that looked about 75 years old).
|The lady asked no questions and immediately took me to
the top floor of the building.
We then climb one floor and she opened
a door to a room with electronics that looked VERY old!
This is the door we entered.
|She then turned me around and pointed to this motor
which was about 7 feet long and 3 feet in diameter.
She pointed and
said go ahead.
I had to climb over the motor, then up the wrought iron steps on the
far right of this picture, where I slid open a roof top access panel.
|As I stood on the motor, it started up.
I am not sure
if it was fear, or the fact that I realized that I was on top of the
elevator motor, or electrical charges that made the hair on my arms
Note the speed that the motor I am standing on is spinning at!
The cable pulley is about 2 feet in diameter and spinning... I guess
they have no concerns about liability!
The following pictures is from Fireside Travels, printed in
1948. In the far corner of the Plaza is the Theater.
The theater is now dwarfed by the progress of the last 59
The following "Then and Now" is of the same Theater. The
picture is of the same book of 1948.
Note: The newer building in the back ground.
Ironically, it was on the steps of this Theater that Sandy
started her heart incident last year.
|One of many pictures I took while on top of the building
capturing old pictures of the town Plaza.
The next picture is from one of my recent purchases. It is a book by
J.A. Zahm (printed in 1916). Zahm was on the exploration of the Amazon
Basin with Teddy Roosevelt during 1912. This then and now was a little let
down, as you will see in the "Now" picture.
Yes, the church is among those trees.
|If you look at the old picture, you will see this
building to the right of the church, but a 3rd floor has been added
|The church, as it looks today, from a different angle.
Continue on to the next page for more "Then and
Now's" in Montevideo, Uruguay.
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