On the Way to Buenos Aires 2009 
February 19, 2009

Como estas usted? We're on our way to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
This is how we get to Buenos Aires
Lee came down with a flu last week and is still a little weak. Hopefully, the warm weather in South America will aid her recovery. We're traveling light so that we can bring home mucho Argentinean leather goods.
                         Lee trying to get some rest on the plane
We will stay at the Hilton Buenos Aires for five days and during that time, hope to visit all well-known sections of the City, attend a tango dinner show or two, relax in sidewalk cafes, shop, and make a day trip to Colonia, a coastal town in Uruguay, Argentina's neighboring country. 

We will then go to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil for five days. Our hotel, the Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort is right on the beach just south of the Ipanema Beach. We'll visit the Sugarloaf, Christ the Redeemer, and of course spend plenty of time on Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.

It doesn't get dark until 9:00 PM, this time of year in South America. Our routine will change drastically because dinners there usually won't start until 10:00 PM, but we're ready.

They speak different languages in Argentina (Spanish) and Brazil (Portuguese), use different currencies (pesos and reals); and obviously have different cultures. This really makes me appreciate Europe where almost everyone speaks English and the euro is the common currency.

I can't wait to get to Buenos Aires. I'll post another blog in a couple of days with plenty of pictures. Buenas noches everyone.

(Written February 19, 2009)

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