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Trip Report 60 Hours in Buenos Aires: Blue Dollar Heaven

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WARNING: I have been known to abandon my trip reports for weeks at a time. If I don't complete this, please bug me, especially because I'm only chronicling two days.

BACKGROUND:
I am a female empty nester who wishes I had as much time to travel as many of you. When I was invited to go to Santiago on a week-long work trip (fourth time), I asked the people arranging my journey if I could stop in Buenos Aires, which has always been a dream destination for me (I've lived in Mexico and Venezuela and traveled in Peru-Colombia-Ecuador, but this was my first time in Argentina). The Chilean travel agent who handled my ticket arranged a free stopover for 3 nights, 2 days. The original plan was for Mr. Crosscheck to join me, but this proved impossible, so this was a solo jaunt. My visit turned out to be way too brief, but enough of a taste to stick with me and entice me to return asap. Almost as soon as I arrived, I found myself longingly looking at "for rent" signs.

HIGHLIGHTS:
During my 60 hours in BA, I went on a 26k bike tour, witnessed the after-midnight milonga culture with a tango scholar, stayed in a cool boutique hotel in an ideal location, purchased the perfect bag at a huge discount, and had some excellent meals, including a memorable dinner with Fodors icon/quasi-economist avrooster.

ITINERARY/TOURS:
LAN – LAX-LIMA-BA-SANTIAGO-LAX Prem. Business
Mine Hotel, Palermo – 3 nights (paid in AR cash, an extraordinary bargain, thanks to av
Biking Buenos Aires - Ultimate City Tour
Narrative Tango Tours - private milonga visit

WEATHER:
Glorious. Low 70s F days, low 50s nights. Bright blue skies, white fluffy clouds

PRE-TRIP PLANNING:
Because I was swamped with work, my planning was minimal. I ordered the Time Out guidebook, which seems fabulous, but never opened it. I also inquired here on Fodors about hotels and restaurants (thanks, all!) and also set up a dinner with av after I read here that he was both a national treasure and a controversial figure. I also checked out TA and found a bike tour, a tango tour, plus a puerta cerrada dinner that I ended up not attending. Other than that, I didn't really do my homework, which led to almost not being allowed on the plane….

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