Monday, September 29, 2014

The Escadaria Selarón

You may be familiar with the work of Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón and not even know it. The colorful staircase that he created in the Lapa neighborhood of Rio has gained worldwide fame, having been featured in commercials, music videos, and an episode of The Amazing Race.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Iguazu vs Iguaçu

I first heard of Iguaçu Falls in middle school, when our teacher popped in a video on butterfly migration. As yellow butterflies fluttered through thundering clouds of mist on the tiny screen, going to this place suddenly became something I needed to do. It wasn't until years later that I discovered a member of my family had already been to the falls - I found a black & white postcard my grandfather had sent to my dad and uncle in the late 50s. This only renewed my desire to visit. When it came time to plan my trip to South America for the World Cup, there were two places I absolutely had to go - Rio and Iguaçu Falls.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Feeling at Home in Buenos Aires

I decided to throw Buenos Aires onto my World Cup itinerary for a few reasons. Both proximity and cost factored in - who knows when I'd be this close again? Also, being able to escape World Cup price-gouging for a full week actually helped my budget. (The charges incurred by changing my itinerary from Porto Alegre to Salvador did not, but I digress...)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Caminito versus San Telmo

I was a bit underwhelmed by two of Buenos Aires' famous places, for completely different reasons.

On Sunday morning, I took the 70 bus down to Caminito. I had my trusty map of the city, following our route so I knew when to get off and where to go from there. A few blocks into my walk, I spotted colorful buildings and a tour bus unloading nearby.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Recoleta Picspam

Recoleta Cemetery is one of the best known in South America, if not the world. Aside from being Eva Peron's final resting place, the cemetery is filled with gorgeous Art Nouveau and Art Deco monuments to people both famous, and long forgotten. Some of the crypts have been neglected and fallen into disrepair, while cats silently roam the grounds. While not as large as I'd imagined, it's easy to get lost wandering the various pathways, especially on a lonely, rainy day.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Eating My Way Through B.A.

Despite picking up a stomach bug in Salvador, my Buenos Aires itinerary still managed to center around food. Maybe it was the rainy, winter chill that had me craving calories, or maybe being forced to take it easy for a few days gave me time to sit back and indulge. In any case, I savored each meal, coffee, or sweet treat I could get my hands on in B.A. Here are three experiences that stand out...

Monday, September 1, 2014

Evita's Buenos Aires

"What's new, Buenos Aires? I'm new, I wanna say I'm just a little stuck on you. You'll be on me too."

Walking down Avenida 9 de Julio my first morning in Buenos Aires, it was all I could do to keep from bursting out in song.