I landed early in the morning - about 8:30. It took a while to get through the passport line and customs. I easily found the recommended car service to take me to the hotel. I was immediately smacked in the face with a new culture - money, language and way of life! The person told me that it would cost an amount in "pesos" - the Argentinian currency. I didn't think to find out what the conversion rate was before I paid the amount! Bad Mr. S.! I stepped outside and felt/saw the sun beaming down and toasting my soul.
NO snow. NO cold. It was amazing! Warmth. Sunshine. Ahhh.
I got to the hotel and was hungry. My Spanish was off to a rough start with the car driver. I walked into a mall across the street from my hotel and had some coffee and "mini burgers." Think like a meatball on mini-buns. The Spanish was again - horrible. Feeling defeated with communication skills, I came back to the hotel and realized I needed a nap. I woke up and felt much better. I asked the concierge where I could go for other meals and a map. I needed a map! So, let the adventure begin. I stopped for a nice "Spanish" style meal - though it wasn't as good. I had tortilla and cafe con leche. And, my Spanish seemed to improve - or at least be understood better by the waiter. Here are some photos of the food and cafe.
I walked around the city for several hours taking in the sounds, smells and life of Buenos Aires. I had my handy map with me and strolled along. Snapping pictures of magnificent buildings and parks along the way.
Mr. Szymanski is a 1st grade teacher at Walt Disney Elementary School in Chicago, IL. He is bringing the world to his classroom with the help of National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions. Here, he chronicles his adventures to Antarctica and South America in December 2014.