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Trip Report Trip Report - 1 week in Buenos Aires

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Thanks to all here who assisted in planning my trip to visit daughter while she is studying abroad in BA. I found BA exciting, beautiful in some areas, and with a fascinating present and past.

Travel - I flew AA BOS-MIA-EZE and was fortunate enough to fly business class due to husbands FF miles. No complaints; interesting to note that first language of perhaps 90% of passengers was Spanish - seemed to be mostly people returning home than vacationing. Arrived at 9 AM and was thrilled to see all significant signage in both Spanish and English. Simple and clear process thru paying entry fee, immigration, customs, baggage reclaim. Had been advised to take a remis - an unmarked airport transportation car for which one pays a flat fee depending on destination. Prices of each company were posted at baggage claim and I picked World Car, paid my fee,by credit card at the office window and was off to Palermo.

Traffic - unfortunately I arrived on day of unusually massive demonstration involving the killing of a railroad worker, and traffic on major highway and downtown was more gridlocked than usual. Traffic in general was similar to any major city - vehicles usually observing traffic lights, but don't get caught in a crosswalk when light changes or they will run you over (as unfortunately happened to friend of my dtr while I was there and she was swignificantly injured). Lots of horn beeping and yelling in Spanish, Portuguese and English.

Travel within City - You basically have 4 choices. Bus - which I did not take but dtr takes daily; subte (subway) which was like any major subway system, easy map, and cheap; taxi - which by US standards was also very inexpensive - all taxis were very clean and I found no driver who spoke any English. I ended up giving piece of paper to driver with address, feeling like a 6 year old. But it worked. And walking - a lot. Bring comfortable flat shoes. Had expected to see women in stylish shoes with heels, but everyone seemed to wear attractive but shoes for walking - even a fair number of sneakers among both tourists and locals (unlike Europe). (to be continued)

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