Showing posts from March, 2010

Flamingoes and a Glacial ice-field

We set off for Patagonia and El Calafate this morning beginning the day, as we did yesterday in an airport queue. This time is was Aeroparque in Buenos Aires and it seemed that half of BA was setting out on holiday by air - the queues stretched for metres and the check-in was ponderously slow.
El Calafate is 3 hours by plane from BA but due to the inefficiencies of the airport and the airline it took a couple of hours longer to arrive at our destination in Calafate, the Alto Calafate Patagonico.
The hotel is perched on a barren hill above the township of Calafate, a town which has quintupled its population in 7 years - and has around 22,000 residents, mostly it seems in the tourist trade. A very comfortable hotel it reminded me of some of the old style hotels where I have stayed in the snowfields.
We took the hotel bus into the township and after lunch (we're already getting a bit tired of ham and cheese!) we walked through the township to the glacial park in search of a flamingo. A…

Arriving in Buenos Aires

So here we are again - and here am I writing an online diary of the trip! We arrived in Buenos Aires today - crossing the International Date Line and arriving on the same day earlier than when we left Sydney! I always find this bamboozling - and my body clock is not coping as well with it this time as it did a couple of weeks ago when I went to L.A. perhaps because this time we arrived in the morning - in L.A. it was early evening.
A warm ,sunny, cloudless day - temperature around 30 degrees at midday. The city feels so much more prosperous than it did 7 years ago, just after the financial crisis, and the airport has been renovated and extended. Australians must now pay a $100US entry (reciprocity) tax - thus named because it is in retaliation for the Australian government charging Argentinians to enter Oz. We changed our US dollars to pesos at the airport at the National Bank which had the best exchange rate of 3.8 pesos and transferred to our hotel - the 725 Continental. Chosen by …

Follow up on Los Angeles and tango

Thanks for your comment on my last post Cherie - of course Sydney is my home town so I love it (and its faults, though you wouldn't think it had any if you've read today's Sydney magazine!) I didn't get to tango, though a friend emailed me with details of a milonga he had been to the week before, it was such a short time with my daughter and she doesn't tango. And if she did I would never get any dances! (see pic). And I didn't get to like L.A. any more, but if my daughter makes her home there I will have to spend more time there so I guess I will have to learn to find out about the good things about Tinsel Town. We certainly ate at some great restaurants (food was much better than I remember) and the people she introduced me to are delightful. So, you never know...
Back in Sydney for a few days then off to South America - and am planning to write a daily diary on this blog - but before that we have our Milonga de Mis Amores at Gladesville on Saturday March 27. …

Sydney better than Los Angeles.

Today I have spent about 5 hours in a car, in traffic, driving north to Malibu and back. It was an essential trip, not one for pleasure, and I went along for the drive. This is not the first time I have taken the drive - the last was around 14 years ago - so the scenery was not a surprise. But it was a reminder. A reminder of how beautiful our beaches are and how when you run a road right up against the sand in a desert landscape it is hot! even with air conditioning. Add to that the traffic jam - more like clog - and you find yourself making odious comparisons.
Earlier in the day I had checked out the L.A. milonga calendar. I may not have time to go dancing (though of course I packed my tango shoes) but I thought I would see what was on. I found a website called tangoinla and assume (as that is the assumption most would make) that it lists all the milongas. If it does I am surprised. Surprised that L.A. has a smaller tango scene than Sydney - Sydney has at least 2 every night and more…

'Cafe de Los Maestros' DVD - could be yours

This is a shameless posting about the competition currently running on TangoAustralia to win a copy of this fantastic tango DVD about the reunion of some of Tango's greatest living legends. Everyone who loves tango music will enjoy this journey as the old musos are brought together to re-create their music culminating in a performance at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires... so if you would like a copy now is your chance.
These DVDs are produced by Hopscotch Entertainment and if you miss out I'll let you have details for purchase when we publish the winners.