Food is something that brings the world together. Each culture has its own traditions and favorite foods. As a self proclaimed foodie, I was so excited to try cuisines in the countries they originated in. During my travels, I have discovered and will undoubtedly continue to discover culinary treasures around the globe. I am honored to share with you, My Elephant Tribe, the amazing meals I have enjoyed throughout the world.
Day 33: Argentina
This morning was interesting. The shower in our apartment is a 3 ft by 3 ft box. Showering was interesting to say the least. But, I championed through. I will not be shaving until our next location, but it is what it is. I’m going to embrace my natural form for a few days.
Today, was our first day site seeing in Buenos Aires. We decided to go to Recoleta Cemetery which sounds kind of creepy, but it actually was kind of peaceful. The cemetery is like a city. The tombs and monuments remembering people are crazy. They are like buildings with streets and alleyways. It made me think about who these people were. Their ripple will go on forever as long as people continue to visit the cemetery. While walking the grounds we met a couple that was from Chicago, the west suburbs for that matter. What are the chances? They were looking for Eva Peron aka Evita’s tomb. Wait, what? Evita is buried here. I had to find her. It became my mission.
I expected some extravagant tomb, but it was simple and kind of humble. I was at the site of where Evita was buried. Brian had no idea why I was so excited. I kept singing, “Don’t cry for me Argentina. The truth is I never left you. All through my wild days, my mad existence. I kept my promise, don't lose your distance.” He thought I was insane, but I was beyond thrilled. I used to listen to that song on repeat back in the day. So, to actually see where the real Eva Peron was buried was a dream come true that I didn't even know I had.
After Reclotta, we went to see the Obelisco. It kind of looks like a mini Washington Monument. Disclaimer: I have never seen the Washington Monument in person, so they may be the same size. The Obelisco was constructed to celebrate the creation of Buenos Aires. At the monument we met a gentlemann from Sao Paulo. He was very kind. He took a million pictures of us as we were heading to our next destination.
We headed to the Colon Theatre. I was so excited because we finally made a theatre tour. The inside was amazing. We learned that acoustically, the Colon Theatre is the number 1 theatre for Opera and that Tuesday night is opening night of the Opera season. We had to get tickets. Brian has never been to an Opera before. So what better place to see your first Opera than the number 1 Opera house in the world. I am so excited for him. I love the theatre and am beyond excited to add the Colon Theatre to the places I have seen productions. For me the theatre is a mini escape. It opens up a whole new world that never would have been possible in the present day. My favorite composer is Puccini. La Boheme, Madame Butterfly, Gianni Schicchi, Tosca, Turandot and Suor Angelica remain some of my favorite productions that I have seen. I cannot wait to see this show on Tuesday. Have you been to the Opera? If not, now is the time. Step out of your comfort zone. You may be surprised.
After our theatre tour, we walked to the Galeria Pacifica. Which is a mall and nothing special. Its only distinguishing feature is its painted ceilings. We could have done without seeing them. They are not a highlight of the trip. Afterwards we assumed there would be food nearby, but we were unsuccessful in finding any and had to look up a place to eat dinner. The only place we could find nearby was Pizzeria Podesta. It was ok and did the trick.
When we got back to the apartment my tummy was not feeling so well. The combination of too much cheese, bread, red meat and my monthly visitor had finally caught up with me. All I wanted to do was rest and sleep and that is what I did.