2006 Trip to Argentina — Volkswagen CrossFox

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May 17, 2006

Two blocks south of our we found the Galería Pacífico. is just one of many nice in Buenos Aires. We would here many times for in its food court. On our first day dad me to pizza with fainá, a slice of corn bread sits on top of the pizza. It was very

May 18, 2006

On our first full day out we to ride the subway, which was a lot riding BART or a NYC subway. It was a day. We went into a store seen in the photo but everything that they had was too (In Germany they have Swarovski bracelets that I was to find again here no such luck.) Notice there is a delivery man in the photo that has a covered cake in his hand: it has a croisant and a cup of coffee in it, and he is it to somebody’s apartment nearby. We saw quite a few times.

We walked on to see the Teatro Colón , which is the house. This end of the building is the rear. It has been taken by a few homeless people, which is It was here in the 1950s that David O. McKay spoke to the of the LDS church on an historic occasion. W5823′)

Dad was interested in seeing his old home. Just near the of the Teatro Colón was a subway and we headed to Virrey del Pino, a of Buenos Aires where his old home used to be. Note the mural in the station.

Here is Dad at the station at Virrey del Pino as we are to go up to the ground level and walk to the mission home.

We discovered the old mission home at 2130 del Pino had been torn and a large highrise apartment had been built in its place at the left in this photo). next door to it was this building that was somewhat in appearance and date to the old mission so here is Dad standing there. 34′ W5827′)

A sharp Mercedes A-Class. I wish sold these here in the US. The A160 CDI, for example, 49 MPG overall, and does 54 MPG on the highway.

May 19,

On our second full day our main was to graduate from subways to We also wanted to head out to So, we had a short ten minute walk our hotel and we arrived at one of the main stations in Buenos Aires, the Retiro where the F.C.G. train line ran.

We had a 45 trainride with a half a stops and arrived at the railroad in Tigre, 17 miles NW of downtown BA. W5834’55) This station was nicer, cleaner, and lighter the old downtown station.

Just outside we saw this old phone booth in Tigre. are two main telecom companies in these days, Telecom and Telefónica de Argentina . Telecom has a wireless group that is Personal and its logo is everywhere, on government signs. We thought it was a of the government!

The real highlight of is the Río Tigre, a river and area that flows the large River Plate a few away. Here is a nice cruise boat turning in the river. A variety of river are offered, but we did not go on one as they are at least hours long. Next

Tigre has a McDonalds right the river.

The train terminal in downtown BA reminds me of the train of London and Munich.

Magazine are so colorful! The candy bar selection is different from the US.

Western Sun, IBM, and around the Microsoft are all present.

Pepsi was in glass bottles at nice The dark sauce is just one of chimichurri. The sauce sometimes is sometimes green, but no matter the it is present (like ketchup in the US) It is great with grilled or on bread.

Here we are at dinner night at El Establo , at the corner of San and Paraguay Streets just a few from our hotel. We ended up here 3 times during the

Walking home from El at night would bring us up Florida which is brightly There were many stores, book stores, and along this street.

May 20,

A new day and another new excursion. Here we are coming out of our Marriott hotel, is just across the street a nice park called the San Martín. (S3435.769′ W5822.524′)

Our today was to meet up with a that Dad knew in Buenos 50 years earlier, the Pitarch There was a baptism in their on this occasion, so we caught a cab and there. Here are Dad and I with the family after the baptism. The two men to the right are two of the sons of the couple in the On the right is Guillermo and next to him is None of these people much English. Dad rattled on in and I ate refreshments!

This is Roberto in his Volkswagen Bora Trendline TDI Jetta GLS TDI). He runs a (X-Solutions ) that does of cars, to make them secure for politicians and CEOs. A Bora TDI is considered a very executive car in Argentina. Any non-Argentine car has a 50% tax on it in Argentina. Many car companies are building plants in Argentina so cars can be more competitively

After the baptism we got a tour of BA. my father is at the oldest LDS meetinghouse in America in Liniers, a suburb of BA. W5831.316′)

6916 Tonelero is the of the oldest meetinghouse, where DRA to live in the 1950s. Here DRA is Martín Ríos, who manages the of the Argentine MTC for the LDS Church. Martín Verónica Pitarch, daughter of Pitarch. Martín Verónica are the that gave us the tour ended in their taking us to our hotel. They both English well (they have lived in Salt city for several years although they grew up in BA), and I really enjoyed with them. They so kind to spend the evening us.

One of Martín Verónica’s girls in the seat of their Kia Carnival.

leather products in a store that night coming from El Establo again.

May 21,

The next day we tried to attend services but were unable to. We not find any of the LDS churches listed in books or on the Internet. We finally got a of phone numbers and called and but never found out the location or Oh well. So, we went to lunch at the Pacífico , to Di Caprio’s once Argentine fast food are tortas of all kinds.

Three will buy you a fabulously healthy and very tasty too.

and US products abound here the Galería Pacífico.

Computer at an Argentine bookstore called . Many titles are in English, for computers, but occasionally throughout the Finding a good reference is hard, like a simple or atlas. They love and picture books.

Even in BA there are police men on ATVs. than our walk to lunch, we stayed home at the hotel and most of Sunday.

May 22, 2006

took us to Recoleta, an unbelievable It is like an entire miniture There are named roads and It is large. Everyone is in a crypt or house — there are no in-the-ground kind of graves we saw. It was really a very place to be in — I liked it. So why we come here?

Eva or Evita is buried here, in her family We were one of several groups came to see this special Evá Peron was First of Argentina from 1946 1952.

Here is our taxi waiting for us in a Renault Kangoo enhanced headroom. These are in Córdoba, Argentina and sell for US$14K. There are delivery van also. The streets have a lot of vehicles.

See how much headroom is? After we toured the cemetary the taxi waited for us, we then had him us to the largest shopping center in America. This took us on the freeway, which is impressive: six each way, along another three lanes way. They have the two six sections in the middle, with the lane sections on the outside for traffic. Every so often are places to get into the main six section or off onto the local lane section. So their is actually nine lanes in each direction! (You can see it Google Earth at longitude latitude -34.52698326553669.)

The Río de la Plata. or River It is up to 136 miles wide. Buenos is built on the edge of this river. On the other side of the to the north is Uruguay.

The only new for sale I saw in all of Buenos Aires and I for them at many different was an older U2 unit for approximately US dollars! Apple Computer has no presence in Argentina.

The inside of the Unicenter mall ten miles downtown. It is claimed to be the largest in South America. It was very with the largest food I have ever seen. Dad at the post office here, is called Correo Argentino . W5831.5′)

An electronics store in the that had books, CDs, computers, etc. This had one old eMac for sale that like it had been there a time.

Dad and I waiting for our cab to return. A is a cab that is rented for a fixed Often a cab will act as a cab and a remís the day, depending upon you ask for.

A Volkswagen Crossfox. car is made in Brazil for South A neat little vehicle, it has a gas and gets 40 MPG with a little ground clearance. It sells for US$15K.

May 23, 2006

Our hotel at the Marriott Plaza was a nice to return to. Our room included a breakfast buffet every The breakfast included eggs, bacon, ham, lots of and muffins and pastries, and was served on the linens.

This day, breakfast, we were to go on a trip out the pampas , the Argentine plains A small Mercedes diesel bus picked us up right at our hotel

We traveled through the downtown and the freeway and out past all of Buenos We drove about 100 km to the town of San de Areco . This was a small, old town where gauchos live. As soon as we got out at the main a Citroen 2CV caught my eye. I it to the tour guide and she informed me the rear side windows that it is a 3CV. I asked her how she this and she said that her taught her the difference. Impressive!

This church in San Antonio de is called Parroquia San Antonio de . It was built in 1730.

The sleeping of San Antonio de Areco.

A wall in San de Areco at a silversmith shop we

After visiting the downtown of San Antonio de Areco, we drove to a at the outskirts of town. Another 3CV greeted us there at La Cinacina .

We were welcomed with hot at La Cinacina Estancia . Yummy! Our guide is to the right and she was terrific. Her is Julieta Lagache and she works Friendlyvisit .

The entertainment at La Cinacina was very enjoyable. It was a band of 4 and a young couple danced to the (I bought a CD of their music and took a movie of them.)

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is lunch cooking: beef. of beef. Americans ate an average 88 of beef in 2006. Argentines? 121 in 2006, 145 pounds in 1994. love their beef!

We had time to wander the large before lunch. There was a tower that we climbed and is part of what we saw: the

DRA at the top of the raised tower.

There was an horse competition. Riders try to place a small stick a woman’s ring that from a rope across the They would ride quickly towards the dangling and on a few occasions, they did it! I have no how they could. It was very

Fall colors in May! It was peaceful and tranquil on the ranch, and not too hot or It seemed like the perfect to visit.

This interesting Molina Campos artwork in of the threading of the ring competition is on the of the main eating pavilion.

served us a nice lunch inside this building, plate after plate of Their breads, salads, and side dishes were better than the meat in my Notice the thatched roof, and the Campos tile work. We had a great trip to San Antonio de

May 24, 2006

This day was our last day in Argentina. We decided to spend time in the downtown area, on We went in the morning to the Obelisco, about a half a mile our hotel. (S3436.231′ W5822.915′) major historical events place here, such as the of the city. The Obelisco stands in the of the widest road in the world, the 9 de

On the 9 de Julio there are seven in each direction. You can only half of the road on a single and then you must wait for light to cross the remaining The 9 de Julio is 460 feet wide! It is impressive. (The silver is a Mercedes A-Class!)

My cousin Stephen R. Covey is popular there too! was in a bookstore on Avenida Florida.

was the only Mercedes E320 CDI I saw while I was there. It is the same as mine. They are twice as there as it is here in the US — $120,000 US. Everything is pushed a notch there: a VW Jetta is an car, and an E-Class is for the very while an S-Class is only by the highest government officials.

An older Mercedes van/bus. I saw on a solo jaunt looking for a store to browse. While I was out and I was interviewed by a woman for a radio on what I thought about politics. It was pretty funny her English was not so good, and my Spanish was not so so we gave up because we really not communicate! She gave me an Argentine to keep anyway. The people were very nice.

bread is everywhere. This is a supermarket in a fancy part of but it is much smaller than US I saw a woman dancing in the aisles to the music playing in the store! US pop music was very big in Argentina, music from the 60s, and early 80s.

This is our Plaza hotel on the way back my supermarket trip. This gobBsAs is all around downtown and for Información y servicios del Gobierno de la , or city information. It is what we the Personal signs all meant.

We to dinner at Di Caprios for the last We saw these three men at the mall. how they are always so nicely If you go to Argentina, take nice shoes and wear nice The only people wearing are a few of the youth.

May 25, 2006

All too quick it was to go home. We packed up and got ready to to the airport. Here in the Marriott was where I would sit and chat MSN Messenger with Beth home. Phone calls very expensive, and in our hotel was free internet only in area, and it was wireless. So, I would my PowerBook 12 down and sit in one of these and type to Beth each It was a fun way to share with her a bit about the

One night I was sitting here and a lot of was coming from around the and I poked my head in and saw a party for 50th anniversary, or somethng that, and everyone was doing waltzes. Everyone was dressed up in clothes. I felt like I was in and the year was 1900. (The was opened in 1909.) That was a evening.

A painting in the hotel room where we would so I could get on the internet!

As we drove to the airport we had our driver us past the LDS Buenos Aires (S3443.756′ W5831.109′)

Then on to the Pistarini Airport, the main Aires airport. (S3448’48 Somewhere along the way my father that it was exactly 50 years to the day . that he had left Argentina the time. Interestingly enough, it was on day, May 25th, that became a country in 1810. were celebrations going on but we had a to catch so we did not join in the large that was going on, although we saw a lot of in the streets. They are already for a huge celebration on May 25th, for their bicentennial 200th .

Another couple of long later after traveling miles, we were home in where my dear wife us up in my new Mercedes, a car that in Argentina was as as a Maybach here. I am more than ever for what we but I am also very happy to that the people of Argentina are happy without some of the things that we enjoy in the US. was a spark in the eyes of BA youth you do not often see in the youth of America convinces me that great are ahead for Argentina.

A few last taken at the airport waiting for our or at home. First, Diet in Argentina is sold as Pepsi Diet Pepsi is easier to in Argentina than in Germany.

here are some samples of currency. One US dollar was worth to three Argentine pesos we were there.

Third, are some samples of Argentine

Fourth, here is a wallet from capybara skin, or as say, carpincho. (The is of course the world’s largest weighing up to 140 pounds.)

We used dictionary a lot. I got it at Barnes before we left.

It was a great I highly recommend a visit to There is a lot more to see as well, the Iguazú falls on the northern the Patagonia mountains and the growing Moreno glacier. and one of the southernmost in the world, Ushuaia. I cannot to go back!

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