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Matthew and I celebrated our very first anniversary on November 12th by taking a trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The expectations were set that Buenos Aires would be the Paris of South America, would have great shopping and the steak would be amazing; and Sao Paulo – umm why are you going there. Well let me throw those expectations out for you.
This vacation was not our traditional adventure to a far-away land with 4-wheelers and hiking boots, this time we visited two big cities. Sao Paulo being the largest city in South America, and Argentina a city that is loved by a lot of Peruanos (Peruvians) that we know. We were given a list for things to do in Buenos Aires, so we decided to wing it without a guide there. For Sao Paulo we weren’t given that much information, apparently most people just visit for business trips. While looking for ideas I stumbled upon an amazing idea www.rentalocalfriend.com
So Buenos Aires- Its a beautiful city it actually reminds me more of New York until you look up and the buildings aren’t 50 stories + high. They even have a SOHO, that reminds you of SOHO. Hmm there is some architecture that reminds you of Paris and one major street that is tree lined that does too but I wouldn’t equate that to the Paris of South America. The steak was good but, I think I’ve had equally as good steak in the US unless I’ve just forgotten. What was really good was the wine! Drink lots and lots of wine if you go. Fine eat steak and drink wine! People order bottles of wine with every lunch and dinner in Argentina. Oh and the shopping yes! The shopping was great- if you are living in South America and don’t have access to American / European clothing. But the leather was exceptional – I did get a new leather jacket that was on sale for less than $100 (it needs to be cleaned but what the hell). I also got a great pair of shoes, Matthew did too. But ooh the other things that I have read about being a black woman in Buenos Aires are true to- they thought I was a prostitute from either the Dominican Republic or Brazil. Taxi drivers wouldn’t give me a ride unless I was with my husband, one even kicked me out after Matthew was with me to get it. And two men tried to pick me up. When I finally asked another woman about this, I was told it was because I was downtown and that’s where the prostitutes have there apartments.
A few restaurants we went to:
Marcelo – ate the chicken and vegetable risotto (not on the menu lol)
Tortoni – a cafe and we saw a tango/comedy show
Cabrera – we had a great steak here for our anniversary – reservations are a must!
La Brigada – a fun friendly atmosphere with great steak
Te Mataré Ramirez – ignore the bad reviews the food was amazing and the sexy show was great too
I let the photos tell the rest (click the links for the photos):
Buenos Aires Wine Tasting & dinner at Montego Bay: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150380198517927.351704.599187926&type=1&l=8ff0c0e03f
Day trip to Colonia, Uruguay; Dinner at Marcelo, Tango at Tortoni http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150380251222927.351714.599187926&type=1&l=b676a1a74c Oh fyi if you go to Colonia don’t book the tour with the lunch, just buy the ferry ride, go walk around the city, and get your passport stamped.
Theater, graveyard, food, love and more http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150380300187927.351726.599187926&type=1&l=384a0a5774
Market, food, Japonese Garden and anniversary dinner! http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150380374637927.351743.599187926&type=1&l=704702df82
Sao Paulo to be continued…..