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Hopefully we will get a chance to post a more formal trip report later however I thought I'd post a few initial details.

We arrived in Buenos Aires several days ago and are having a wonderful time. We rented an apartment in the Recoleta/Retiro area. The location is convenient, with a nice cafe downstairs, a wine store on the corner and a deli/mini market a block away.

We were so fortunate to have a warm, wonderful welcome by a certain "Ambassador" to Buenos Aires. Thank you AV!

We had a fabulous brunch at the Alvear Art Hotel. The staff were extremely accommodating and the buffet was a vast array of delectable delights. The quality was fabulous. The only criticism we could make was that the beef was overcooked, although very tasty.

Since then we strolled through San Telmo market, spent a day wandering through Recoleta and spent another day shopping and meandering in Palermo Soho. We're not sure where the days go!

We have begun our empanada survey and while we are still early in our investigations the highest ranked so far goes to Des Snivel in San Telmo. We are accepting recommendations for further investigations in this regard, so please pass them along!

One thing we have not been successful with so far is locating a good place to buy fresh vegetables, particularly green vegetables. While some supermercados do have vegetables the freshness and choice is questionable.

The most wonderful observation so far is that Portenos are incredibly helpful to poor, confused turistas! Everywhere we have gone we have been met with smiles and kindness. What more could you ask for?

Now if we could only adjust to the late meal times we would be all set!

N y C

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