05.02.2007 - 11.02.2007
Although my duties on board have decreased substantially with our departure from Antarctica and the absence of children, I have somehow managed to stay busy enough that I have failed to update you all on Buenos Aires. In reality, I have not been too busy to write, but I have been too tired, and my brain has been in a perpetual state of something approaching mush after too many late nights (rather, early mornings) in this lovely city. I also ingested more protein within the past week than probably several of the past years put together. Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration, but damn, Argentinian beef is good, plentiful and cheap. Beef, sausage, and chicken are all prepared on open grills, and in many places you simply point to the cut that you want and it is slapped on your plate (sorry my vegetarian friends!).
We also have been drinking lovely malbec wine and even doing a bit of tango. I went to several tango shows, at which you are served dinner and then watch the show, which lasts for several hours. I'm glad that I experienced that aspect of Argentinian culture, but the shows are very touristy and quite a bit too long. We had a more authentic experience at a local milonga, or tango club, in the city. It was in a grand building, and there were many tables set up around the dance floor. When a man decides on a dance partner, he nods at her and she approaches the dance floor if she is interested. They don't talk, but stand still for several bars of the song, and then they dance. It's quite a beautiful style, but I don't recommend attempting to join in unless you are at a milonga specifically designated for those who are learning to tango. Johnny and I were actually asked to leave the dance floor, as we were told (by an American nonetheless) that practicing there was dangerous! That was embarrassing, but pretty funny, although I think we would have done just fine. Oh well!
So now we are in Montevideo, Uruguay for several days. This city appears to have seen better days, but the architecture is beautiful, as is the weather, and I have thoroughly enjoyed yet another South American city.