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Trip Report BsAs and Beyond ...Three Weeks In April

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First and most importantly...a big thankyou to all the Fodorites that helped us with our trip to previously unknown territory. Your advice was invaluable.
The last time I wrote a trip report on this Forum, I received some criticism regarding how it was written and I vowed 'never again' to bother. However, I find this SA forum to be a little more forgiving and mature so I'll give it a go and apologize for any errors in advance.
We are in our late 60's and decided on a fresh destination...BsAs for our 45th wedding anniversary celebration. We chose an apt in the Recoleta district based on a recommendation and the comments on VRBO. Although our unit was sold before we arrived and the owner's previous offer of assistance during our stay, ceased to happen, it still proved to be a very good choice. Managed by Poetry, it is a lovely old renovated building in the Belle Epoque style. Very well situated with the management most accomodating friendly and helpful....we would certainly stay there again.
Our one BIG mistake was in not learning an adequate amount of Spanish .We missed being able to really connect with the friendly Portenos....such lovely people.
We used the collectivos (a challenge in figuring out) and the Subte ( requiring a bit of a hike to access). We of course used many taxis and only got a 'run around' from a couple of drivers. We were warned about giving a driver a 100p note and avoided that possible scam.Generally speaking most were honest and some delightful in tolerating our lack of Spanish .
We were a little overwhelmed with the city on first arriving. Seeing the garbage, graffiti,and crumbling sidewalks was definitely offputting.We soon learned to focus on the positive aspects and plunged into daily living in the big city of BsAs.

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