Part Seven: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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I had the morning to myself! This was certainly a rare occurence
on this action-packed tour, so I thought I better take advantage.
Pablo was off having some meetings about the Multiespacio
event. I decided to go downtown and do a bit of sightseeing. Some
of the older parts of the cosmopolitan city centre, named El
Microcentro, reminded me of a cross between Stockholm and Frankfurt,
especially those with elegant European-style buildings and streets
lined with cobblestones, like this one.
changed some money into Argentine pesos, went to the Lan
Chile office to buy an additional airline ticket for my Lima-Cusco
leg in a few weeks time, and just flowed with the pedestrian traffic.
Second only to the dog-mad Uruguayans, Argentines are the most serious
dog-lovers in this big continent, and I saw many 'strutting their
stuff', dragging their well-dressed masters behind them. I
had been warned to watch out for the inevitable 'doggie-piles' on
the street, and sure enough there were some near-misses. I just
had to photograph this sign on a city street, warning dog owners
not to allow their little darlings to do 'kaka' in public.
as South America's most sophisticated and appealing cities, Buenos
Aires is also the safest place in Latin America to wander around.
It is also one of the most smoke-filled. Argentines are totally
addicted to nicotine, and they smoke absolutely everywhere. I wanted
to sit and have a juice, but every place was full of cigarette smoke.
I came across the famous Cafe Tortoni, one of the oldest
cafes in the land, dating back to the 1860's. It is also a favourite
venue for Argentina's famous Tango. I sauntered
through the Plaza del Congreso, then stopped to admire some
local sweets, the famous alfajores, which are essentially
cookie sandwiches filled with dulce de leche,
a thick milky caramel, and covered with a sparkling sugar frosting.
returned to the Centro Bhaktivedanta just in time to meet
Pablo. We had an appointment to visit the Instituto Argentino
de Gastronomia, one of South America's most prestigious Culinary
Institutes. Pablo had arranged for me to teach there on two consecutive
nights early next week. We drove to Santa Fe, a very busy
shopping street, and were escorted to a plush (and smoky) upper
floor in the bustling Institute. We were introduced to Michelin
Star Vice Director Diego Gera, who took us to a private lounge
and made us very comfortable, then showed us the kitchen venue for
our forthcoming classes. After some relaxed talk we fine-tuned the
menus for what promised to be a very unique event.
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