We also spend a day in the Santa Monica hills at the Getty Museum...16,000 tons of Italian travertine stone, paintings by some of our favorites (Sargeant, van Gogh, Cezanne) and Depression-era photos by Dorothea Lange.
January 20, 10:00 a.m. we land in Buenos Aires. In no time, we go through customs and, within the hour, check into our apartment, where we will spend the next 3 to 4 months. I am sketchy about the time frame, as we have no return ticket...that's because David will not go back to the northeast until it gets warm (it's all about the weather).
We're renting the same apartment as last year. After some “cosmetic surgery” by the owner, it doesn't seem quite so “tired”...perhaps it's because it feels “familiar” this year, and we really like the location. So here we are...feeling, for the 1st time, like BA is not a vacation destination but, rather, our winter home. And, to that end, we anticipate that our blog will be updated a little less frequently than in the past 2 years...just managing expectations!
It's hot...very hot. High 80's to low 90's most days. Today it's going to be around 104 F... but dry. Absolute heaven for David – T shirts and shorts. After a week, his Spanish is coming back to him and he practices with accommodating Argentines every chance he gets. It's unusually empty here. Portenos (those who live in the city) have headed to the beach resort of Mar del Plata for vacation so the waits at restaurants and the lines in supermarkets are short and move quickly.
A typical day may include...
...a leisurely breakfast at the Melody Cafe, which we frequented last year. The two Gabriellas still work there and its really nice to have a breakfast “local.”
...lunch out with friends. We're only here a week and already we've discovered 2 new restaurants and revisited some old favorites.
...shopping at local markets for bottled water, Malbec, fresh produce (the tomatoes, avocados, and white nectarines are especially good), stuff for dinner (which we've typically been eating at home), and lawn chairs to take with us to the park.