Buenos Aires Drive By – Study in Red
We landed in Buenos Aires to a gray day; 1o° celsius (5o°F) and drizzling. The driver was a tad late so I people-watched at Arrivals, wrapped in two pashimas, and tried to look dignified despite 20 hours of plane travel and five hours of airport waiting time. The drive to the hotel was also gray, as it was early Sunday morning. The shops were closed, leaving only their dull steel roll up doors along the avenues to greet me. Except for a stand of pampas grass along the highway, a few churches, and some lovely Spanish colonial and neo-classical architecture, my first impression of Argentina was…gray.
We slowed to navigate a turn on downtown street and the MaxiKiosco (Big Kiosk) on the corner next to a parked car really jumped out in contrast. Here, I took a quick snapshot with my phone for you!
Tomorrow we fly to the interior to see olive harvest and olive oil production; I look forward to sharing a few highlights.
A note to my readers. We hit a milestone tonight with 17,000 unique page views, 3,650 of those alone are for “Shaken, then Stirred” in Tokyo.
Thank you for your many notes of encouragement and interest, and for mentioning your various projects with regard to supporting Japan. I know I owe you Part II, and truly think about it every day. That essay is still somewhere inside, and hope to share it before too long when I can slow down enough to ponder and then write what I feel in my heart.