So Long South America
11.19.2008 0 °F
A whirlwind of activities summed up my last few days in South America.
Here is a quick picture from the Halloween School Program that I mentioned last blog. I'm awarding the trophy to the best dressed male at the party. My personal vote was for a three foot Darth Vader but our group made a good choice in the end.
I attended a futbol match, soccer game for those of us in the USA, between Boca Junior and San Lorenzo. Boca is the working class team in Buenos Aires and the fans are known to be be super rowdy. It was a home game for Boca at their stadium and it was crazy. Lots of pushing, shoving, shouting and jumping. Neat to watch 76,000 people jumping up and down at the same time. Sat with some friends below the visitor section which was a mistake. We were constantly showered with water, beer, spit and other stuff. Boca won 2-1 and moved into a tie for first place at the time. After the game we (home fans) were locked in the stadium for 30 minutes to give the San Lorenzo fans time to get out and get to safety. Crazy.
Took a trip to Iguazu Falls which were amazing. There is a great panoramic shot on this page. The falls were running 5-7 times more than the usual flow of water because of all the rain, the water flowing over was simply unbelievable.
It was a bit of a human circus at a couple of the overlooks. This was shot before it got crowded.
Also some very colorful birds and animals in the park.
Back in Buenos Aires I took in some more tango lessons and a dinner show with some friends. Lots of fun and amazing dancers. Truth be told I wouldn't know bad tango from good tango but I do know I had a great time.
It was spring time in Buenos Aires. The flowers and trees were all starting to bloom. Great time to visit. The first time outside of visiting the Galapagos Islands that I was able to wear shorts and a t-shirt during my travels. I'm sure I was a sight wearing shorts, black socks and sandals. (just kidding)
Visited the San Telmo street fair again.
Walked through the Cementerio de la Recoleta in Buenos Aires. It was like a mini city with huge mausoleums sitting side by side on the "streets". Lots of famous Argentinian people are buried in this cemetery including Eva Peron. Did you get the Evita reference in the title? Don't Cry for Me Argentina. Here is Madonna singing the song.
My last night in Buenos Aires and South America I was able to have dinner with my great friends Kim and Karen from the UK. We traveled together in Peru & Bolivia and spent four days together in a truck driving through the Salar de Uyuni. All of us had two pound steaks and lots of cerveza. It was a great way to end my travels.
So I'm back in the USA and not sure what I will do next. In the coming weeks probably sort through some photos, play my guitar, drink some beer, tell some stories, laugh with friends/family and reflect on all the great memories of my travels. Then I'll either start looking for a job or..... just keep on traveling.
Here is my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. I don't have a working cell phone currently, something about me not paying the bill in eight months, go figure.
Thanks for everyones thoughts, prayers, emails and well wishes during my travels!
The Road Goes on Forever and the Party Never Ends --- Robert Earl Keen