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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Buenos Aires



I've got to say, I love Buenos Aires.

First of all, it reminds me of Paris... I love the architecture. But compared to Paris, it's cheap!

The first thing I did was head to the hotel, where I hope to stay again. It was called the Hotel Madero by Sofitel. I loved the modern look, and very attentive service. Check out the pictures in the gallery at http://www.sofitel.com/sofitel/fichehotel/gb/sof/3658/fiche_hotel.shtml .

After checking my bags, I caught a cab to the Casa Rosada, just to see the balcony where Eva Peron used to stand (not to mention Madonna.)















Since the cab was only 2 Argentinian Pesos, and I didn't want to break a 100 Peso bill, I just had the driver drive me around, showing me the sights. Eventually, I had him drop me off in a shopping area where I did some Christmas shopping and bought myself a shirt.

Getting back to the hotel, I met my coworker Cindy and we headed to work. Afterwards, we joined another coworker at a hip restaurant, Cero. Even though it was a restaurant, it felt like a club. It even had a dj.

The next day, we headed to Pilar, Argentina to a corporate golf tournament. After a late night and early morning, I fell asleep poolside where I got a nice little sunburn. Here's Cindy by the pool:



We headed back into Buenos Aires for more shopping down Florida and to have lunch. Lunch was great. I had a huge, delicious steak with white linen service for about $6 at El Palacio de la Papa Frita. Known for their huge puffy french fries, the 50 year old restaurant is a "must visit."

Afterwards, we headed to La Recoleta and to the cemetery there which holds magnificent mausoleums, including the tomb of Eva Peron. Afterwards, we had coffe at La Biela, a famous little coffee shop in La Recoleta, before heading back to the hotel.

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