We arrived in Buenos Aires in the evening, and there wasn’t much open. We went for a simple dinner and went to hang at the hotel. The hotel had a movie room, so we grabbed a DVD from reception and chilled on the couch for awhile before bed. Our hotel also had some daily activities, so we decided to grab our breakfast and then head on a city tour. We visited the main square, learned about some history, and went in the church where the current pope used to preside.
After the tour we decided to take a walk down to the water. It took a lot more time that we thought, and we had to walk on a bunch of roads with no sidewalks, but we made it. It was a nice day, so we got some fancy drinks on a patio by the water.
After drinks we just wandered around, looked at some boats, and found our way back to the hotel. We were tired out and took a nap, but woke up in time to head to Tango!
The bus picked us up from the hotel and brought us to our tango lesson. We waited in the room for everyone else to get there and then the lesson started. The instructor would show the girls how to do a move and then the guys how to do the corresponding move (which seemed super unfair because theirs were always so much easier!) After awhile he let us actually dance in pairs, and we traded partners every few times (since there were way more girls than guys and that gave everyone a turn). I stumbled around a bit but eventually we got the hang of it, and even got a certificate! 😛 After the lesson we went to dinner, which was really good, and had lots of drinks. Then we watched a great performance of the professional dancers, which included a live band. It was a really fun night, I’d definitely recommend it!
On Tuesday we decided to go for a day on the ranch (since Argentina is known for it’s beef)! We left our hotel early, and it took a few hours to get there because we had to pick and drop people off along the way. The first thing we did when we got there was have empenadas and wine. Steve loved them, and I loved the wine. I mixed it with orange juice, yum! Unfortunately, I don’t love onions and spices, but Steve gave me the doughy part, so I was happy. We did a tour of an old museum (it was really weird) and then wandered around the property. There were cowboys everywhere, and tons of meat cooking on the grill!
Before lunch, we had a chance to take a hay-ride and ride some horses. Thankfully, Steve’s allergies did not kick in! The lunch included many different courses, which were basically the servers coming around with different kinds of meat for us to try. There was music and dancing, which was a lot of fun. After lunch we watched the cowboys herd the horses into different configurations. They also played a bunch of games where they rode as fast as possible and tried to spear a small ring from a string hanging on a pole. It was a full day, and we headed on the bus back to our hotel!
The world cup! Now, I’m not that big on soccer, but it’s the world cup and it was the semi-finals. We weren’t sure where to go so we asked the people at our hotel. They said there were three big squares where everyone would go (but one was sketchy so avoid that one). So we went to Obelisk, which was right near our hotel and there were tons of supporters there proudly wearing blue and white, with blow horns, families, and lots of cheering. We were told that Argentinians loved riots and protesting, so if they started to obviously be the losing team, we should head back to the hotel right away for our own safety. However, as the time of the game arrived, the screens nearby (it’s like the Times Square of Buenos Aires) didn’t start showing the game. People didn’t wait, and everyone ran in every direction to try and find somewhere else that was playing the game on their screen! People were poking their heads in convenience stores, squeezing into pubs, and pressing their face against the glass in already full restaurants, it was pretty crazy.
Thankfully, Steve and I found the last remaining seat in a small cafe that was playing the game. It was awkwardly behind a column but we could still see the TV. We got some drinks and food and enjoyed the afternoon. After awhile we won… and everyone went ballistic! People streamed out of every restaurant and bar and took to the streets. There was cheering, honking, and singing everywhere we went. Eventually we found our way back to the hotel, and the sounds of the streets could be heard throughout the night.
The next day we relaxed a bit, went on a tour of a famous cemetery, had some Italian food on a nice patio, and packed our bags. That night we got on 3 different planes, and by the next afternoon we were back in Canada… the start of a hectic next few weeks of conference, packing, and getting ready for Africa!