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Feb 16, 2020 - Sea day and a cooking class

Another sea day, this time with fairly rough seas. We took a Mexican cooking class with the head chef from the Chef's Table. Only 12 people can attend. This restaurant offers a themed 5 course meal that changes every three days. We have been there once and have two more dinners booked. We started off with dessert, since it needed time to bake. Then we mixed up a ceviche with swordfish and a big pot of tortilla soup. While the soup simmered we had a tour of the galley that prepares food for the two specialty restaurants and the main...

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Feb 11, 2020 - Buenos Aires city tour

Yesterday was a lazy day. Boarding the ship was organized with military precision. We had no lineups at all, yet another ship that was boarding had hordes of people milling about. After settling into our stateroom, we relaxed until it was time for a port lecture, supper, and a tango show. Today we took a city tour, which was included in our fare. We had already seen some of the sites, but it was still nice to get out for a bit. Some highlights: 1. 9 de Julio Ave – a major thoroughfare named in honour of Argentina’s Independence Day, July 9,...

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Feb 9, 2020 - Jewish Tour of Buenos Aires

Rabbi Ernesto Yattah picked us up this morning to take us on a Jewish tour of Buenos Aires. He is a very interesting man. His grandparents came here from Syria. The family is very secular, so it caused them some concern when he decided to become a rabbi. The tour included a very intensive history of Argentina starting in the 1500s. The trade and smuggling of silver figured prominently in their rise to power. Plata, the Spanish word for silver is used widely throughout, in names of rivers, towns, and even the name of the country. (argenti,...

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Feb 8, 2020 - Tigre Delta and Recoleta Cemetery

Our guide for the day was Nestor, who picked us up at 0930h. Our itinerary included San Isidro, the Tigre Delta, and a visit to the Recoleta cemetery. We began in the beautiful city of San Isidro, which is an affluent part of greater Buenos Aires. The centre of the city has cobbled streets and large mansions, some of which have now been modified into hotels. We walked by the former hone of Luis Verner, the governor of the Islas Malvinas (Falkland Islands) from 1829 to 1831. The original home is gone but a replica has been rebuilt. There is...

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Feb 7, 2020 - Puerto Viejo Polo Estancia

Today we visited Puesto Viejo, a polo estancia (farm) about an hour outside Buenos Aires. It is a working ranch that offers polo lessons and hosts matches. The estancia has 6 full size polo pitches and stables for 220 horses. The resident professional, Julio gave us a tour and explained the origins of polo (originally from India) and the breeding of the horses. With current DNA technology, horses can be cloned to be identical, and many do look alike. We visited several horses in their stalls and saw the farrier at work. His whole family is...

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Feb 6, 2020 - Back to Buenos Aires

Quiet day today. We were able to sleep in a bit before Marcelo picked us up to take us to the airport. Airport security is much more relaxed than we are used to in North America. No need to remove your liquids or computers, and one woman was surprised she could even bring in a bottle of water. Back at the Mine Hotel for another 4 nights. I feel like it is home. We walked a few blocks to an Italian restaurant for supper at 8. Crossing the street is a heart stopping experience, as cars seem to have the right of way. There were also several...

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Feb 3, 2020 - Santiago to Buenos Aires

Arrived in Buenos Aires around 1530 local time. We survived the airport chaos and were driven to our hotel by Alicia. Hablo muy poco Espanol, so there wasn't much conversation. The Mine Hotel is a lovely small building (only 20 rooms) in the Palermo Soho district. We are only here one night, but will return in a couple of days after our trip to Iguazu.

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Feb 2, 2020 - YEG-YYZ-SCL

We had an uneventful, but delayed flight from Edmonton to Toronto. Our flight to Santiago was LONG, but I am so glad we had enough points to fly business class. It made the trip much more tolerable, and a dose of Ativan helped me get some sleep. We didn't change planes in Santiago, but border security required us to get off the plane, walk a thousand miles to go through security again and then walk back to board the same plane.

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Nov 18, 2019 - Argentina

Our last day in South America we docked in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We had to vacate our state room by 8am, but Viking took good care of us. Since our flight was departing at 9pm, we had time to do a little sight seeing before we left. We boarded buses to go to Tigre, a small city outside Buenos Aires. There we boarded a sight seeing boat that took us through a system of rivers; we saw homes and businesses. Lots of people were swimming, jet skiing, boating; for people who live on the river there are boat businesses that bring in water,...

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Off to South America

Feb 26, 2019 - on the town

Every time we have come here, I have been reminded how important it is to have good government. This beautiful country has suffered greatly at the hands of incompetent, greedy and even cruel leadership. The current inflation rate of 48% makes it impossible to save. Large transactions like home purchases must be made in cash US dollars, not local peso currency. As we wander around down town, we hear a steady chorus of "cambio" from middle class looking people who want to exchange their pesos for dollars. If they can't get dollars today, they...

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Feb 25, 2019 - arrive in Buenos Aries

There was nothing premium about Premium Economy. We were on an old plane; perhaps a new one configured for this service might have been better. It felt exactly like the old economy flights we used to take to Europe, only much longer. The immigration line was long and slow. When we got through it we were so happy to see our bags on the other side and our guide waiting. A long and tedious travel day. Once your feet are firmly planted on the ground and your luggage is in your hands, other needs begin to rise. The hotel had our rooms ready...

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Feb 25, 2019 - Buenos Aries, Argentina and the Trip Home

04 11 Feb. 24, 2019 Buenos Aries, Argentina and the Trip Home The wether continued to cloud our chances to explore - although we had done just that in Buenos Aries a few years ago with Classic Journeys. So when it rained upon our arrival to that bustling city we were not disappointed on our last full day as we enjoyed the amenities of the ship and began the process of repacking. Either our clothing expanded or something happened since Tom had to expand his suitcase! We had not purchased anything! The ship was docked in a commercial port...

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